Quebec City honours victims on first anniversary of deadly sword attack

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MONTREAL — Quebec City is commemorating the victims and survivors of a fatal sword attack that left two dead and injured several others one year ago today.

Hairdresser Suzanne Clermont, 61, and 56-year-old museum employee Francois Duchesne died in the Halloween-night attack that also left five others injured after a man dressed in a medieval costume and wielding a Japanese-style sword allegedly went on a rampage in Quebec City.

A ceremony is set to take place today at three different locations where the attacks took place in the provincial capital's historic district.

Quebec's outgoing mayor Régis Labeaume issued a statement inviting the city's residents to come together and honor the victims after a year of shock, pain and sadness.

Premier François Legault also issued a tweet today saying Quebec went through a tragedy on that day and sending love and thoughts to all of those affected.

Carl Girouard of Ste-Therese, Que., was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder after the attack and is currently awaiting trial.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 31, 2021.

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