Candles, tartan tributes pour in on social media for victims of N.S. mass shooting

Candles, tartan tributes pour in on social media for victims of N.S. mass shooting
HALIFAX -- Nova Scotians and Canadians alike are in mourningafter at least 18 people, including an RCMP officer, were killed in a shooting rampage over the weekend.

This adds tremendous pain to an already difficult situation, as the world continues to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a news conference on Monday afternoon, Premier Stephen McNeil and Nova Scotia s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang, addressed Sunday s mass shooting, and reiterated the importance of maintaining physical distancing while mourning the victims.

While we want to mourn victims and come together as communities, we need to do that in a way that does not create an environment for COVID-19 to further spread," said Strang, who wore a Nova Scotia tartan tie in a silent, but meaningful tribute.

In honour of those who lost their lives in this senseless tragedy, Dr. Strang wore a Nova Scotia tartan tie for todays press conference.

Now more than ever we must come together and support one another as a community, as friends, and as family #NovaScotiaStrong

"I know that the RCMP and the victims families will appreciate the outpouring of support that is coming their way, but we cannot gather together to support. When COVID-19 is passed, and it will, we can come together as a province, stronger than ever, to come together to remember the victims of yesterdays tragedy in a way we are accustomed to. But today, we need to focus on mourning safely," added Strang.

Next to Strang, Premier Stephen McNeil sported a tartan pocket square and suggested an alternative way of mourning at a distance.

A Nova Scotian tartan scarf, tie it around a tree. Or if you dont have tartan, the suggestion is a blue ribbon. You can even put that on your window or on your balcony. suggested McNeil during Monday s press conference.

I understand how difficult it is that Nova Scotians cant come together to grieve in person. So tonight, put your #NovaScotiaTartan on display. Tie it to a tree in your yard or hang it on your balcony. And if you dont have tartan, use something blue. #NovaScotiaStrong .

Nova Scotians and Canadians responded by taking to social media to display their tartan tributes in memory of the lost lives.

I do not have a Nova-Scotia tartan but your Premier said a blue scarf would do.From Gatineau, Quebec. #NSStrong

I wear my nova scotia tartan today

we are #NovaScotiaStrong

If you have Nova Scotia tartan, put it in your window or place on your front porch as tribute. We may be physically isolated, but we are together in support. #novascotiastrong #novascotia

Some Nova Scotia tartan in memory of the victims, in solidarity with their loved ones, in gratitude for our first responder heroes #NovaScotiaStrong #ChooseLove

Tonight, the Nova Scotia premier asked fellow Canadians to wear or otherwise display the Nova Scotia provincial tartan in memory of the victims of yesterday s massacre. Tied my NS tartan scarf to tree in front yard. #NSstrong

Tonight, I wear my tartan with all of you. We have been asked if we will create a #NSStrong shirt and we will not. This is about helping people, not making products, and therefore I will be donating $10,000 to help the victims families during this time. We grieve all together
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