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Town of Didsbury sends condolences to Nova Scotia

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Three family members of former Innisfail FCSS manager Tammy Oliver-McCurdie were brutally slain in Nova Scotia. From left to right are niece Emily Tuck, 17, younger sister Jolene Oliver, 39, and 44-year-old brother-in-law Aaron (Friar) Tuck. Facebook photo

DIDSBURY - Town council has approved a letter of condolence to the government of Nova Scotia following last month's mass shooting.

The letter, signed by mayor Rhonda Hunter, states, in part, that, “such tragedies are difficult to absorb or understand. Please know that our mayor and council, our administration, and our community share your sorrow, and that our thoughts are with the families, the communities and the province in this very difficult time.

“We want to express our deepest sympathies an condolences on the recent loss of so many Nova Scotians who were valued family, friends, and neighbours in your communities. We are saddened, as are so many across Canada, about the loss of these 22 valued and cherished lives.”

Other municipalities in the district have also been sending similar letters of condolences.

The Nova Scotia RCMP continues to investigate the incidents that began on April 18 in Portapique. 

On Saturday, April 18, Nova Scotia RCMP members responded to a possible shooting incident at a home in Portapique in Colchester County.

When police arrived, members located several casualties inside and outside of a home. They did not, however, locate a suspect at that time, according to a press release. Officers secured the area and began to search for the suspect.

Residents of the immediate area were being evacuated by police while the search was ongoing.

The initial search for a suspect led to multiple sites in the immediate area, including structures and vehicles that were on fire, police said.

Gabriel Wortman was identified as the suspect and the search for him continued overnight and into the morning of Sunday, April 19 through multiple communities in Colchester County.

The search ended on April 19 when Gabriel Wortman was located by members at a service station in Enfield. Wortman was shot by police and later died.

Wortman was implicated in the deaths of 22 people including family members of Innisfail's former FCSS manager, Tammy Oliver-McCurdie, as well as an RCMP officer.

• RELATED: Former Innisfail manager’s family slain in Nova Scotia massacre

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