Carl Beairsto rings the bell outside Carman United Church on Friday, April 24, 2020 in memory of the 22 lives lost in last weekend’s mass shooting in Nova Scotia. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Chilliwack church bells ring out in memory of Nova Scotia shooting victims

The bell at Carman United Church chimed 22 times, once for each person who died

Church bells rang out across Canada today as a tribute to the 22 lives lost in last weekend’s deadly shooting rampage in Nova Scotia.

The United Church of Canada invited churches across the nation to ring their bells in a “loving tribute” 22 times at 2 p.m. PDT on Friday, April 24.

Here in Chilliwack, about a dozen people gathered at Carman United Church on Vedder Road. A prayer was read by Barb Beairsto, followed by the chiming of the church’s bell by Carl Beairsto, and then a moment of silence.

A total of 23 died as a result of the attack (April 18 and 19), including the shooter, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman.

READ MORE: Death toll in Nova Scotia shootings rises to 23

READ MORE: Nova Scotia RCMP say shooter acted alone


 

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Carol and Malcolm Olsen take part in a moment of silence at Carman United Church on Friday, April 24, 2020 during the tribute. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Chris Gadsden takes a photo of those who took part in bell-ringing tribute outside Carman United Church on Friday, April 24, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

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