Fallen Fredericton officers remembered at regimental funeral and parade

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In the week following the Aug. 10 slayings of two Fredericton, N.B. police officers and two civilians, the city has come together to mourn their dead and honour their memories.

On Aug. 17, days of acts of solidarity, memorials and vigils culminated in a regimental parade and funeral for ​officers Robb Costello, 45, and Sara Burns, 43.

Thousands of first responders came from across the country to march in a parade that wound its way through Fredericton and ended at the University of New Brunswick’s Aitken University Centre arena where the funeral was held.

Costello and Burns died while responding to a shooting at an apartment complex in the city’s north side on the morning of Aug. 10. They were the first on the scene and were gunned down as they approached the bodies of civilians Donnie Robichaud, 42, and his girlfriend, Bobbie Lee Wright, 32.

Here are images from the regimental funeral and parade honouring constables Burns and Constello, and from the week of mourning that led up to it.


<p>Jackie McLean, accompanied by their children, places a rose on the casket for her husband, Const. Robb Costello, at the regimental funeral for Costello and Const. Sara Burns, killed in the line of duty, in Fredericton on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. The two city police officers were among four people who died in a shooting in a residential area on the city’s north side. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan) </p>
Regimental funeral

Jackie McLean, accompanied by their children, places a rose on the casket for her husband, Const. Robb Costello, at the regimental funeral for Costello and Const. Sara Burns, killed in the line of duty, in Fredericton on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. The two city police officers were among four people who died in a shooting in a residential area on the city’s north side. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan)

<p>The flag-draped casket of slain Fredericton police officer Cst. Robb Costello is carried past members of the Fredericton Police department, family, and friends during a regimental funeral for Cst. Costello and Cst. Sara Burns on in Fredericton on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Darren Calabrese) </p>
Regimental funeral

The flag-draped casket of slain Fredericton police officer Cst. Robb Costello is carried past members of the Fredericton Police department, family, and friends during a regimental funeral for Cst. Costello and Cst. Sara Burns on in Fredericton on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Darren Calabrese)

<p>Members of the Fredericton Police Force place medals, hat and ceremonial belt on the casket for Const. Robb Costello at the regimental funeral for Costello and Const. Sara Burns, killed in the line of duty, in Fredericton on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. The two city police officers were among four people who died in a shooting in a residential area on the city’s north side. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan) </p>
Regimental funeral

Members of the Fredericton Police Force place medals, hat and ceremonial belt on the casket for Const. Robb Costello at the regimental funeral for Costello and Const. Sara Burns, killed in the line of duty, in Fredericton on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. The two city police officers were among four people who died in a shooting in a residential area on the city’s north side. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan)

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<p>Cost. Stefan Decourcey, right, leads the horse Grimsby who he co-owned with Cost. Sara Burns as they and other Fredericton police officers follow the hearses carrying Cost. Burns and Cost. Robb Costello during a regimental funeral in Fredericton on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. T (Photo from The Canadian Press/Darren Calabrese) </p>
Regimental parade

Cost. Stefan Decourcey, right, leads the horse Grimsby who he co-owned with Cost. Sara Burns as they and other Fredericton police officers follow the hearses carrying Cost. Burns and Cost. Robb Costello during a regimental funeral in Fredericton on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. T (Photo from The Canadian Press/Darren Calabrese)

<p>The hearses carrying two slain Fredericton Police officers Const. Sara Burns and Const. Robb Costello move slowly past residents of Fredericton during a regimental funeral on Saturday, August 18, 2018. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Darren Calabrese) </p>
Regimental parade

The hearses carrying two slain Fredericton Police officers Const. Sara Burns and Const. Robb Costello move slowly past residents of Fredericton during a regimental funeral on Saturday, August 18, 2018. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Darren Calabrese)

<p>Mourners attend a memorial for Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello at the police station in Fredericton on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Keith Minchin </p>
Mourners at a memorial

Mourners attend a memorial for Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello at the police station in Fredericton on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Keith Minchin

<p>Mourners line up to enter the Fredericton Convention Centre, where a public visitation for Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello is being held, in Fredericton on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Keith Minchin </p>
In line for a public visitation

Mourners line up to enter the Fredericton Convention Centre, where a public visitation for Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello is being held, in Fredericton on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Keith Minchin

<p>Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien, centre in white, joins thousands of people as they reach to hold hands to remember last week’s shooting victims by joining hands on the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge in downtown Fredericton on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Stephen MacGillivray) </p>
Thousands join hands

Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien, centre in white, joins thousands of people as they reach to hold hands to remember last week’s shooting victims by joining hands on the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge in downtown Fredericton on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Stephen MacGillivray)

<p>Mourners join hands as thousands of people hold hands to remember last week’s shooting victims by joining hands on the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge in downtown Fredericton on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Stephen MacGillivray) </p>
Thousands join hands

Mourners join hands as thousands of people hold hands to remember last week’s shooting victims by joining hands on the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge in downtown Fredericton on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Stephen MacGillivray)

<p>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accompanied by his four-year-old son Hadrien and Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey, left, heads past the tribute after placing flowers outside the police station in Fredericton on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. Two city police officers were among four people who died in a shooting in a residential area on the city’s north side. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan </p>
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accompanied by his four-year-old son Hadrien and Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey, left, heads past the tribute after placing flowers outside the police station in Fredericton on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. Two city police officers were among four people who died in a shooting in a residential area on the city’s north side. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan

<p>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accompanied by his four-year-old son Hadrien and Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey, left, places flowers outside the police station in Fredericton on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. Two city police officers were among four people who died in a shooting in a residential area on the city’s north side. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan </p>
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accompanied by his four-year-old son Hadrien and Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey, left, places flowers outside the police station in Fredericton on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. Two city police officers were among four people who died in a shooting in a residential area on the city’s north side. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan

<p>A book of condolences for the families of two officers killed in Fredericton last week is shown at police headquarters in Toronto in this recent handout photo. Toronto police say members of the public can sign books of condolences at the force’s headquarters for the families of two officers killed in Fredericton last week. They say the books will be privately delivered to the families of Const. Robb Costello and Const. Sara Burns. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Toronto Police) </p>
Book of condolences

A book of condolences for the families of two officers killed in Fredericton last week is shown at police headquarters in Toronto in this recent handout photo. Toronto police say members of the public can sign books of condolences at the force’s headquarters for the families of two officers killed in Fredericton last week. They say the books will be privately delivered to the families of Const. Robb Costello and Const. Sara Burns. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Toronto Police)

<p>Residents attend a candlelight vigil at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Fredericton on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. Two city police officers were among four people who died in a shooting in a residential area on the city’s north side. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan) </p>
Candlelight vigil

Residents attend a candlelight vigil at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Fredericton on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. Two city police officers were among four people who died in a shooting in a residential area on the city’s north side. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan)

<p>Fredericton residents pay their respects at a makeshift shrine created in front of police headquarters after four people, including two police officers, were killed in a shooting in Fredericton on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo from Reuters/Dan Culberson) </p>
Paying their respects

Fredericton residents pay their respects at a makeshift shrine created in front of police headquarters after four people, including two police officers, were killed in a shooting in Fredericton on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo from Reuters/Dan Culberson)

<p>A message at the St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church notifies the community of a prayer vigil after a shooting incident in Fredericton on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo from Reuters/Dan Culberson) </p>
‘Praying for our officers and community’

A message at the St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church notifies the community of a prayer vigil after a shooting incident in Fredericton on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo from Reuters/Dan Culberson)

<p>Constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns were killed while responding to a report of gunfire at an apartment complex on the city’s north side the morning of Aug. 10.<br>They were the first on the scene and were gunned down as they approached slain civilians Donnie Robichaud, 42, and his girlfriend, Bobbie Lee Wright, 32.<br>The alleged shooter, Matthew Vincent Raymond, was quickly arrested but a heavy police presence surrounded the building for the rest of the day. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Keith Minchin) </p>
The day of the shooting

Constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns were killed while responding to a report of gunfire at an apartment complex on the city’s north side the morning of Aug. 10.
They were the first on the scene and were gunned down as they approached slain civilians Donnie Robichaud, 42, and his girlfriend, Bobbie Lee Wright, 32.
The alleged shooter, Matthew Vincent Raymond, was quickly arrested but a heavy police presence surrounded the building for the rest of the day. (Photo from The Canadian Press/Keith Minchin)

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