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Maritime Image of the Day: “Nova Scotia in Mourning”

"Nova Scotia in Mourning" (Photo: Tj Maquire - used with permission)

PortandTerminal.com, April 21, 2020

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Today’s “Maritime Image of the Day” was taken by TJ Maquire, an amateur photographer who lives here in Nova Scotia. He took the photo yesterday during sunset on the South Shore of the province at a place called Indian Harbour outside of Halifax.

We chose this image, with its crimson skies and sense of melancholy, because it captures what all of Nova Scotia’s 971,000 citizens are feeling right now – a searing sense of loss and profound sadness.

Nova Scotia in Mourning

Female RCMP officer surrounded by children
Const. Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year member of the force and mother of two, was one of the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history. She was killed in the line of duty.

Last weekend, in the midst of a COVID-19 lockdown, Nova Scotians woke to find that the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history had just taken place in a quiet little coastal village in their province called Portapique.

Map of Canada

At least 19 people were killed, including a member of the RCMP, during the killing spree that spanned multiple rural Nova Scotia communities on Sunday. Police are still surveying several homes that were burned to the ground during the killer’s rampage. There is a grim possibility that the number of victims will increase.

Canadians have agreed to not name or publish photos of the murderer, who was killed by police after a lengthy chase near Halifax. We’ll call the murderer – “It” in lieu of naming the person. Under the circumstances, we’re sure Stephen King won’t mind.

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