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Nurse, teacher and policewoman among victims in Canada’s deadliest mass shooting

A 23-year veteran of The Royal Canadian Mounted Police killed ‘in the line of duty’ and a nurse ‘whose eyes sparkled when she spoke to her grandchildren’ were among the victims of the shooting in Portapique

An adored primary school teacher, a respected policewoman and a kind nurse are among the tragic victims of Canada’s worst mass killing in over 30 years.

A gunman, who at one point masqueraded as a policeman, killed at least 16 people in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia during a 12-hour rampage, authorities said on Sunday.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the gunman, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, appeared at one stage to have been wearing part of a police uniform and even disguised his car to look like a police cruiser.

Police added they had ended the threat posed by Wortman, who was dead, but would not confirm a report by the CTV network that the RCMP had shot him.

Wortman shot people in several locations in Nova Scotia, the RCMP told a briefing.

Among the tragic victims were a teacher whose death has left hearts broken, a 23-year veteran of The Royal Canadian Mounted Police killed ‘in the line of duty’ and a nurse whose eyes sparkled when she spoke to her grandchildren.

A couple described as “two beautiful souls” were also among the victims, as well as a man believed to have been in Portapique visiting his father when he was killed.