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The City of Markham lowered their flags at half-staff since April 9th in honour of the fifteen lives tragically lost in the Humboldt Broncos crash last week. A public vigil was also held April 11th for the victims, their families and the community of Humboldt.

Mourners were able to sign a book of condolences located at the Civic Centre and seven community centres around the city. Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Regional Councillors Nirmala Armstrong and Joe Li, were joined by national journalist Lloyd Robertson and other members of council at the vigil.

Members of Markham’s hockey community, including the Markham Royals, Markham Thunder and minor hockey groups also attended. Everyone was invited to wear their jerseys and bring sports equipment such as hockey sticks to leave at the Peace Flame in the courtyard of the Civic Centre.

“Hockey is a part of the fabric of what it means to be Canadian,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This unimaginable tragedy has devastated the Humboldt community; families have been changed forever and a nation is grieving. It is important to come together, show our support and to remember.”

Barrie locals also paid tribute to the victims and those affected by the Humboldt tragedy, as Georgian College staff and students gathered for an outdoor ceremony. Attendees wore hockey jerseys and green shirts, carrying hockey sticks to gather at the cenotaph on campus.

MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO, and Avery Konda, Barrie Campus Georgian College Students’ Association President, spoke at the gathering that included a minute of silence.

(Markham images courtesy of the City of Markham Flickr account)