‘Out of character’: Family of a man named Langham, Sask. shooting suspect the suspect offers his condolences
The family of a man who was named by Saskatchewan RCMP as a suspect in a shooting in Langham, Saskatchewan say they are in disbelief and offer their condolences to the victim’s family.
Saskatchewan RCMP issued an emergency alert Friday morning after a shooting in Langham. One person was pronounced dead later that morning and police said they were looking for Justin Heimbecker, whom they named as a suspect.
RCMP say they located the man they believed to be Heimbecker, dead, around 11:40 a.m. in a burnt-out home in Langham.
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Donna Heimbecker, Justin’s aunt, said the family is still « very shocked and in disbelief » about the incidents that led to Justin’s death.
« We’re still trying to come to terms with the reality of what happened, » Donna told Global News in an interview.
Donna described her nephew as a kind, caring and gentle soul who was the father of two young sons.
« The things that happened are totally irrelevant to the Justin we all know and love, so it’s a huge shock to believe he was capable of committing such violent acts, » Donna said.
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Justin, 46, lived in Langham for several years with his young sons and his partner. Justin worked in the oil fields of Fort MacMurray, Alberta, according to Donna.
Saskatchewan RCMP have not provided further details of the incident since Friday. They did not release the name, age or gender of the other deceased.
Donna said her family doesn’t know « exactly what happened » during the incident.
« We know our family sends our sincere condolences and prayers to the family, friends and loved ones of this person who lost his life so needlessly due to this tragic incident, » Donna said.
« We are truly sorry for your loss and want them to know that we share their sadness as we all mourn the loss of our loved ones. »
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Donna said she received the first alert on Friday that had yet to mention Justin’s name.
« I sent this to Justin and (Justin’s partner), asking if they’re okay because who would have thought it was my family. »
Donna said Justin had been having trouble over the past few weeks and was looking for help.
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