Civic funeral for Metropolis shooting victim next week
A rare civic funeral is to be held Monday for the man who died in a shooting at a party celebrating the Parti Quebecois election victory.
The funeral for stagehand Denis Blanchette will be held at St. Donat Church in Montreal's east end.
A news release from the provincial government says the flag at the National Assembly will fly at half-mast.
Blanchette died when a gunman opened fire at the PQ victory celebration, a second person was wounded.
Blanchette was a freelance stagehand who made $15 an hour and was filling in for colleagues on the day of the shooting.
Civic funerals are usually reserved for public figures as well as police officers slain in the line of duty.
The idea of honouring Blanchette was raised on Thursday when PQ leader Pauline Marois and Premier Jean Charest met to discuss the transition of power.
The man charged in the killing of Blanchette, Richard Henry Bain, faces 16 criminal charges including first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and arson.
Bain next appears in court Oct. 11 to face the charges.