Family of Quebec soldier killed by Islamist extremist reaches out to killer's kin
Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent is pictured in this Department of National Defence handout photo. (DND/Handout/QMI Agency)
The family of a Quebec soldier run down by a radical Islamist has reached out to his killer's family.
In a statement written in French, the family of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53, said their thoughts are with the family of Martin Rouleau-Couture "through these difficult times."
Vincent's family said his death last Monday created "a huge void" in their hearts.
They also offered their condolences to the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, who was shot and killed at the National War Memorial in Ottawa last Wednesday. Cirillo will be laid to rest in Hamilton, Ont., Tuesday.
"Know that we share your pain," they wrote.
Vincent was accompanying another soldier to a veterans office next to a Canadian Forces recruitment centre in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., when Couture-Rouleau, 25, a recent convert to Islam, ran them both down with his car and led officers on a chase that ended when police shot and killed the terrorist.
A private funeral for Vincent will be held Nov. 1.