A mother of two and a widower were among 10 people killed in a mass stabbing in Canada as police warned the two suspects are still fugitives.
At least 15 other people were injured the series of knife attacks in an indigenous community and a neighboring town in the province of Saskatchewan.
It is one of the deadliest mass killings ever Canadahistory.
Two suspects – Damien Sanderson, 31, and Myles Sanderson, 30 – remain on the run, with a vehicle carrying the couple spotted more than 200 miles south of the area where the stabbings occurred.
Police did not disclose a possible reason, but a statement from an indigenous group suggested the stabbings could be drug-related.
Who were the victims?
Some of the victims appear to have been randomly attacked, while others are thought to have been targeted, officers said.
One of the victims was named Lana Head, whose former partner posted a heartfelt tribute on Facebook.
Michael Brett Burns, who had two daughters with Mrs. Head, wrote: “We will miss you dear Lana. Thank you for the beautiful daughters and grandchildren. With love.”
Speaking to the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Mr. Burns said: “He is as sick as prison, drugs and alcohol can destroy many lives. I am hurt by all this loss.”
Another victim was named Wes Petterson, a 77-year-old widower, described by local residents as a “good and kind-hearted man” who “wouldn’t hurt a fly”.
Her adult grandson was in the basement at the time and phoned the police, a neighbor said.
The attacks took place in multiple locations in the James Smith Cree Nation and in the village of Weldon, with police investigating 13 crime scenes.
“We won’t stop until the suspects are in custody”
In an update on Monday, Evan Bray, head of Regina’s police service, said the two suspects were “still fugitives” despite “continuing and relentless efforts” to find them.
“We won’t stop this investigation until we have those two in safe custody,” he said.
“We are confident that someone out there knows where these two are and has information that would be valuable to the police.
“I urge you to get in touch with the local police service to let us know.
“There is a lot of pain, there is a lot of anxiety in our province and in our communities”.
A wanted list was released last May that included Myles Sanderson and said he was “illegally fugitive”.
Bobby Cameron, head of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, said: “This is the destruction we face when harmful illegal drugs invade our communities, and we ask all authorities to take guidance from leaders and councils and their members to create community for our people “.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the incidents as “horrific and heartbreaking” while provincial premier Scott Moe tweeted that he had no words to “adequately describe the pain and loss caused by this senseless violence.”
A large number of people were in the area, as a Canadian Football League game on a sold-out holiday was taking place in nearby Regina.