The funeral ceremony to honor the victims of the shooting at the Grand Mosque will begin at 11:00 am on Friday at the Convention Center. The establishment is ready to accommodate several thousand people.
In a communique sent Thursday night to the media, the City of Quebec details the progress of the ceremony organized by the Center culturel Islamique de Quebec. The doors of the Congress Center will open at 11 am and the families of the victims will be on hand to receive condolences. There will follow, at 12:30 pm, the usual Friday prayer, exceptionally held at the Convention Center. The traditional Muslim funeral prayer ( salat Aljanaza ) Tanou Mamadou Barry, Ibrahima Barry and Azzedine Soufiane, three of the six victims, will then be initiated, at 13:20, and will last until 14h.
Prayer Thursday in the metropolis
The other three dead, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboudaker Thabti and Abdelkrim Hassan, received their salat Aljanaza Thursday in Montreal.
Officially, the City of Québec says it can accommodate a maximum of 5,000 people in the Convention Center. Communications of the establishment, however, told the Sun that in the configuration, between 7000 and 7500 people could theoretically attend the ceremony.
Premiers Philippe Couillard and Justin Trudeau are expected, as well as Mayor Regis Labeaume.
The passage of the sun , afternoon, workers amenageaient the hall of the Convention Centre. As a result, several policemen in plain clothes were inspecting the premises; We tried to ask them questions … but any attempt was futile.
“We never had an event like that. This is the first time we have “funerals,” however, Ann Cantin, director of communications and marketing. “But why not? The Center is ready to accommodate thousands of people. This is our way of contributing. Our know-how is that. ”
Due to the imposing crowd expected, the city of Quebec invites the population to use the public transport to go to the Center des Congres, located at 1000 Rene-Levesque Boulevard West. The Metrobus 800, 801 and 807 are especially recommended.