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Montreal Massacre, 1989
It was December 6, 1989. L’École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec. Gunman Marc Lépine burst into the building, planning to murder female engineering students on his hit list. Shouting "I hate feminists," he began a horrific 45-minute rampage. Before turning the gun on himself, Lépine killed 14 women as well as injurying other students.
The murdered women were Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, and Annie Turcotte.
To commemorate the victims and try to stop violence against girls and women, the Government of Canada created the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in 1991.
Watch television coverage about the Montreal Massacre from CBC
Check out television clips from the CBC Archives. Videos include an interview by journalist Barbara Frum, discussions with horrified students, and a profile of the murderer.
More about the Montreal Massacre
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