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Okanagan joins mourners

Okanagan residents can help pay their respects to three RCMP officers murdered in Moncton last week.

Tuesday's funeral for the three slain Mounties will be shown live at Trinity Baptist Church on Springfield Road in Kelowna.

The service itself begins at 9 a.m., however, at 8:45 a.m., prior to the national service, RCMP Superintendent Nick Romanchuk and Pastor Tim Schroeder will both speak to those assembled.

Kelowna City Council also unanimously endorsed the delivery of a letter to the Kelowna RCMP Detachment showing its support and that of the community to the local police force.

"Kelowna City Council wishes to express its deepest condolences to the members of the Kelowna RCMP regarding the tragic deaths of Cst's Ross, Gevaudan and Larche. We understand that some Kelowna RCMP officers had working relationships with some of the Moncton officers which brings the loss that much closer to home. It is a sobering reminder that our police officers perform dangerous work and put themselves at risk every day to maintain the law. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the officers who lost their lives and to the wounded constables Darlene Goguen and Eric Dubois. This period of grieving will be difficult for RCMP families across Canada and we want our Kelowna members and your families to know that we sincerely appreciate and support your public service and hard work in our community."

About 7,000 officers are expected to take in Tuesday's regimental funeral.

Hundreds turned out Monday for a public visitation prior to Tuesday's funeral.

Flags at the RCMP Detachment, City Hall, Kelowna International Airport and all Kelowna fire halls will fly at half mast Tuesday.


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