Despite physical distancing protocol, there’s a way for Canadians to come together to mourn the victims of last weekend’s tragedy. On Friday, there will be a virtual vigil for Nova Scotia, and you can pay your respects from anywhere across the country. The two-hour vigil will begin at 7 p.m. AST.

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Less than one week after the shooting spree that claimed 22 lives, Canadians are invited to pay their respects during a virtual vigil.

Beginning on Friday evening, the two-hour tribute will remember the victims of one of Canada’s deadliest mass killings, and will allow people from across the province and beyond to mourn together.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is impossible to hold a public vigil at this time, but organizers hope that this online event will go some way to help the community grieve.

Speaking to Global News, co-organizer Tory Phinney explained, “A time like this is when we would be together at a church, at a community hall, at a fire hall, delivering food and well wishes and joining together in groups, and we can’t do that. But we do have to come together.”

The vigil, known as Nova Scotia Remembers, will be streamed from 7 p.m. AT, and will be accessible via Facebook, YouTube and some CBC channels.

According to Phinney, there will be music, speeches and “political and spiritual components.”

The vigil will be available to stream Canada-wide on several different platforms. 

The Facebook group Colchester — Supporting our Communities, will be live-streaming the event.

CBC News Network, CBC Gem, the CBC website and the CBC News app will also be sharing the vigil.

In Nova Scotia, P.E.I., New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador, it will be broadcast on CBC TV and CBC Radio.

Last weekend’s shooting spree took place over 12 hours, and claimed the lives of 22 victims. A 17-year-old, a nurse, an elementary school teacher, and a veteran RCMP officer were among those killed.

The rampage, which has become the deadliest shooting spree in Canadian history, has left people across Nova Scotia, and the country, in mourning.

“Words can’t describe the grief that the community feels,” Phinney said.

During his daily COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a moment to remind Canadians about Friday's vigil.

"Tomorrow, with the virtual vigil, we will all have the chance to show the people of Nova Scotia that they are not alone," he said.

For anybody who is struggling, Nova Scotia has a provincial crisis line set up where support is available 24/7.  

If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or mental health concerns, please reach out to a trusted peer, parent or health care professional. You can also contact a local helpline which is available 24 hours a day to talk. Or click here, for additional resources.

If you need immediate assistance please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital.

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