Pastor prays for church shooting victim, attacker

| March 12, 2014

TORONTO – This past Sunday, I witnessed what I have never witnessed in my church before. A loyal member of our church and mentor of our youth, Tyrone Darling, was stabbed by a stranger before my own eyes. I was shocked and saddened by what had happened.

When I made Canada my home in 1989 on a cold winter day, what was most memorable was not the cold weather, nor was–while fascinating– the conversation of the country then on free trade or the birth of a much hated tax called GST.

What touched me the most was the Ecole Polytechnique Massacre shootings in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989.

I was touched as the names of the victims became public. Marc Lepine had killed only young women, calling them "a bunch of feminists," and that his mantra was to fight feminism.

His explanation was as bizarre as anything I had seen. I did not have to be a woman or a student at that prestigious institution to be hurt by what had taken place in my adopted country.

I have often reflected on that painful date and moreso on a date such as International Women's Day which was just this past weekend.

Could we have prevented what happened before our eyes?

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