December 6th marked the 27th anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique Massacre in which 14 women lost their lives.
On December 6, 1989, twenty five year-old Marc Lepine opened fire, shooting 28 people and killing 14 women before turning the gun on himself.
A reaction to the claim that he was “fighting feminism,” the anniversary of the massacre is commemorated alongside the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
For the past two years, Moment Factory has incorporated an extra special commemoration in the form of a light installation atop Mount Royal. 14 beams of light, in honour of the 14 victims, light up the night sky.
14 lumières pour les 14 victimes de @polymtl.
— Moment Factory (@Moment_Factory) December 6, 2016
This year, they continued the tradition with officials gathering at Belvedere Du Mount Royal and reading the names of the 14 victims aloud, a beam lighting up with each name read.
In addition, the tower of Pavillon Roger-Gaudry at University of Montreal’s campus was also lit up in memory of the victims.
Here are 10 photos from yesterday’s commemorations.
— Université Montréal (@UMontreal) December 6, 2016