A funeral service for three of the six men killed in Sunday night’s shooting at a Quebec City mosque takes place today at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal’s Olympic Park.
Khaled Belkacemi, Abdelkrim Hassane and Aboubaker Thabti will be honoured before their bodies are repatriated to their countries of origin.
Belkacemi and Hassane are from Algeria, while Thabti is from Tunisia. There will be prayers for the other three men who were killed.
According to CBC, the funeral began nearly a half hour later than expected, with a steady stream of mourners required to pass through security on their way into the building.
A member from the Muslim community told CBC she’s hopeful the attack will provoke reflection about the dangers of Islamophobia.
“Sometimes bad things can lead to good results,” said Aziza Blili, head of the Fédération des Canadiens Musulmans.
“The empathy shown by so many fellow Canadians comforts us, and allows us to hope that there will be real change.”