The names of the 14 women who were shot and killed on Dec. 6, 1989 at Montreal’s École Polytechnique were read aloud at a vigil at Memorial University’s S.J. Carew building Thursday evening.
Twelve of the women killed were engineering students: Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, and Annie Turcotte. Maryse Laganière was an employee of the university, and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz was a nursing student.
In 1991, Dec. 6 was declared the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Memorial provost and vice-president academic Noreen Golfman encouraged everyone at the vigil to reflect and think about what they can do to prevent and eliminate gender-based violence.