Langley’s elected leaders reacted with sorrow to the shootings that killed two victims and left two injured on Monday, July 25.
“We had a tragedy this morning in our neighbourhoods, in the City of Langley,” said Mayor Val van den Broek.
Speaking at a press conference alongside local and regional RCMP officers, van den Broek was visibly emotional about the attacks, which struck at three locations within Langley City and one in Langley Township.
“We’re strong, we’ll get through this,” van den Broek said.
She thanked the RCMP and the Emergency Health Services for their rapid response to the incidents, which took place between midnight at 5:45 a.m.
“We need to be kinder, and we need to work together.”
Van den Broek also spoke with local homeless advocate Kim Snow during the press conference, calling for more federal resources to house and aid the homeless.
Although police have not officially confirmed their status, it is believed that several of the victims may have been homeless or living in supportive housing.
At Monday afternoon’s council meeting, Township Mayor Jack Froese asked council and audience to rise for a moment of silence before the business of the meeting began.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those affected by this senseless act of violence, in our Township of Langley and the neighbouring City of Langley,” Froese said.
He too, thanked the RCMP for their response.
“This is something that, there’s no words to explain,” Froese said.
Cloverdale-Langley City MP John Aldag also condemned the violence.
“My heart goes out to the victims’ families, friends, and to all those affected in our community by today’s senseless violence,” he said in a tweet. “If anyone in our community needs support during this difficult time, please contact Langley RCMP Victim Services at 604-532-3214.”
Langley MLA Andrew Mercier also spoke about the violence on Twitter.
“My heart breaks for the victims and families of this morning’s shooting, a senseless act of violence,” he wrote. “We are still learning details of today’s event and will wait for further information from police.
“I am so thankful for RCMP and first responders, today and every day.”
“I know we are all feeling shocked and saddened after this morning’s shooting incident in Langley,” tweeted Langley East MLA Megan Dykeman. “I cannot express enough how grateful I am for the first responders and RCMP who are on scene. My heart goes out the victims and families.”
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