32nd anniversary tribute for Ecole Polytechnique victims

Photo CBC Montreal

Quebec is paying tribute to the lives lost 32 years ago today at École Polytechnique.

White roses will be laid in front of a commemorative plaque outside of the school by Polytechnique representatives and student associations, and fourteen beams of light representing the victims will be projected into the night sky from Mount Royal.

On Dec. 6, 1989, Marc Lépine walked into École Polytechnique classrooms and opened fire, killing 14 women, and injuring many others before turning the gun on himself. This is one of the largest mass shootings in Canada. Many refer to it as an ‘anti female’ attack as Lépine targeted mainly women.

‘The order of the white rose’ awards a $30,000 scholarship to one female engineering student each year as one of Polytechnique’s commemorative activities. This year, 23-year-old Willow Dew has received the honour.

Quebec has held several tributes over the past week, today will be the final one.

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