Guest editorial: In the aftermath of tragedies

Following the shootings earlier this week in Penticton and Salmon Arm, many who live in the regions are mourning.

Police are continuing to investigate the Penticton killings, in two neighbourhoods and will look for motivations in an effort to understand why the events occurred.

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A 60-year-old Penticton man has been charged in connection with the south Okanagan shootings that killed Darlene Knippelberg, Susan Wonch, Barry Wonch and Rudi Winter.

A 25-year-old has been charged in Salmon Arm, where two men were shot at a local church. Gordon Parmenter did not survive.

Penticton police have said the shootings there were targeted and all victims were connected to the suspect.

The killings are the deadliest in Penticton’s history and the sixth-worst ever in the province.

During the day on Monday, downtown Penticton was under a lockdown and residents were asked to stay inside. When the lockdown was lifted, the community had changed.

Likewise, Salmon Arm has changed since the tragic shooting in that lakeside town.

Residents of the Okanagan and Shuswap remain in a state of shock after these incidents.

Some people knew one or more of the victims. Some people know or are acquainted with the shooters. And many people have visited the neighbourhoods where the shootings occurred.

Coming to terms with a tragedy of this nature is not easy and many people are still processing their thoughts and emotions.

Some will choose to sit down with family or friends and discuss what happened and how it has affected them personally.

Others may speak with counsellors as they seek guidance during the grieving process.

This is a time to acknowledge what people are feeling as they come to terms with terrible tragedies — and do what we can to help.

— Black Press

© Kamloops This Week


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