UWindsor held a candlelight vigil in honour of National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Dec 6, 2018. (Photo by Paul Pedro)

UWindsor holds moving vigil for Montreal massacre victims

The University of Windsor (UWindsor) held a candlelight vigil Thursday night in honour of National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

At the Memorial of Hope on campus, 14 female UWindsor engineering students read a statement about each of the 14 victims who were killed in the 1989 L’Ecole Polytéchnique massacre before placing a rose on the monument.

This student paid tribute to Anne-Marie Edward.

“Anne-Marie Edward was 21 and in her second year of chemical engineering. She enjoyed being with family and friends, the outdoors and sports,” she said.

This student remembered Maryse Leclair.

“Maryse Leclair was 23 and in her fourth year of metallurgical engineering, working towards being the top student of her school. She enjoyed acting and school plays throughout college,” she said.

This student honoured Maryse Laganiere.

“Maryse Laganiere was 25 and the only non-student killed. She worked in the engineering budget department and had recently got married,” she said.

Lori Dupont, a Windsor nurse who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in 2005, was also remembered.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women was created in 1991 in response to the massacre of the women, most of whom were engineering students at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal.