Mass shootings return fear

Fear is something Jean Dwyer thought she left behind when she moved to Nova Scotia. The New Glasgow resident moved here from Alabama three years ago. She says, “I do my best to spend as much time as I can here,” and jokingly refers to herself as a “Trump dodger.” But she is serious when...

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Artist inspiration

Local artist Elisa Rutledge shared with The Advocate this picture that she painted after the sunset on Monday evening. She says she was inspired to do it after seeing the myriad of social media posts from people sharing photos of the sunset and candles that were lit to honour the memory of the victims from...

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Teenager, mother create memorial at CEC for slain friend

TRURO – When Courtney Ann Singer went crying to her mother in the middle of the night after learning a friend was killed, Courtney’s mother knew she had to do something. Glenda MacDonald and Courtney decided to head to Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro to create a memorial for Courtney’s friend, Emily Tuck. Emily, 17,...

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Wear red today

People are being encouraged to wear red today in honour of all of the victims in the tragic events that unfolded in Portapique and surrounding communities last weekend. At 2 p.m. today, RCMP members and employees will honour RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson, who was killed in the line of duty, by observing a moment of...

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Sheree Fitch says poem “flowed” out following news of mass shooting

RIVER JOHN – With the news of a mass shooting in Portapique and other parts of the province on Sunday, Sheree Fitch, like so many others, went to bed that night upset. She didn’t sleep well, and the tears were freely flowing by the time she woke up. It was the first time in a...

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Heart-broken

School friend says victim was “amazing friend” Wynter Connors looks back on her school years and smiles through her tears as she remembers her friend, Alanna Jenkins. Jenkins was among the 22 victims in the shooting and arson rampage that began last Saturday night in the community of Portapique in neighbouring Colchester County. She and...

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Corrie Ellison – “He’s a hero, plain and simple”

TRURO – Corrie Ellison will always be Ashley Fennell’s hero. “He was a kind soul,” said Ashley, about her friend for close to a decade. “He would always go out of his way to help people.” Corrie, 42, was one of 22 people who died in a mass killing spree April 18 and 19 that...

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Sean McLeod and Alanna Jenkins – “They lived a life that they loved”

WEST WENTWORTH – Sean McLeod and Alanna Jenkins had finally found who they were supposed to be with. That’s what Sean’s 23-year-old daughter, Taylor Andrews, says of the couple that had been together since 2015. Sean and Alanna lost their lives in a house fire in West Wentworth on April 19. They were just two...

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Police investigating 16 crime scenes

UPDATE: Police have confirmed the death toll has reached 22 victims. TRURO — It’s expected the death toll will surpass 19 following a shooting spree that began in Portapique on April 18 before moving to other parts of the province. Chief Superintendent Chris Leather, Criminal Investigations Division with the Nova Scotia RCMP, said on Monday...

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