A vigil is held at the University of Windsor Memorial of Hope to mark the anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre and remember women who have fallen victim to violence. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

Windsor Remembers The Montreal Massacre

It has been 28 years since a gunman opened fire at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal killing 14 women, but for some, the massacre is still fresh in their memories.

Windsor will mark the anniversary with at least two vigils Wednesday.

The first is at the Chrysler Windsor Assembly Plant where the Unifor Local 444 Women’s Committee is holding a ceremony to remember those women, and others killed by domestic violence.

Union members will take a moment to remember Mary Lou, a Chrysler Plant 6 worker who was killed by her spouse 20 years ago.

The ceremony will be at the Memorial Stone for Mary Lou located in the green space at the corner of Ypres Ave. and Chrysler Centre. It will start at 11:36am.

The University of Windsor is also holding its annual Memorial of Hope candlelight vigil. The event starts at 5:30pm at the sculptures between Dillon and Essex Hall on the main campus. Following the service, attendees are invited to the CAW Student Centre’s Alumni Auditorium for a screening of the film “A Better Man” at 6pm.

In 1991, the Canadian Parliament created the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in response to the Montreal Massacre.

The shooter, Marc Lepine, said he was motivated by his hatred of feminism. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after killing 13 engineering students and a worker at the school. Ten other women and four men were injured.