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Quebec City mosque shooting vigils

People place candles on the snow in a vigil in Quebec City for those killed in a massacre Sunday. Photo from The Canadian Press

Thousands across Canada attend vigils to remember Quebec City massacre victims

Jonathan Rumley

A day after six people were killed and 19 others were injured in a shooting attack at a Quebec City mosque, Canadians left the comfort of their homes to stand side by side in tribute to those murdered.

Thousands of people from cities across the country braved below-zero temperatures to take part in the somber vigils on Monday night. The tributes were intended to send a message of solidarity amongst all residents of Canada after the news shook the country and made headlines around the world.

In Quebec City, various religious and political leaders  including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, interim leader of the Opposition Rona Ambrose, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard — solemnly marched during the vigil.

Earlier Monday, Trudeau condemned the attack as a “terrorist act” and called on Canadians of all faiths to stand united.

Two people remain in critical condition following the mass shooting, according to reports on Tuesday.

The motive for the alleged gunman, a 27-year-old Laval University student named Alexandre Bissonnette, remains unclear. He has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder.