WATCH: Heartbroken Mounties overwhelmed by out-pouring of public support as they struggle to comes to terms with tragic death of co-worker. Tess van Straaten reports.
Standing guard over a sea of flowers, it’s a somber scene as the memorial for the RCMP officer killed in Langford continues to grow.
People keep coming to pay their respects as Const. Sarah Beckett’s co-workers struggle to come to terms with this terrible tragedy.
“Definitely shock and I’d say disbelief,” said an emotional co-worker who asked that her name not be used. “We were pregnant at the same time together and it’s just really devastating for the community and the RCMP and her husband and the boys.”
Days after the horrific crash, those that served with Beckett still can’t believe she’s gone.
“When she went to work that night they didn’t expect their mom wasn’t coming home in the morning,” she said, crying. “I can’t imagine what they’re going through.”
Const. Cole Brewer, who was part of the ceremonial honour guard at the memorial outside the West Shore RCMP detachment on Friday, started his career with Beckett.
“I went through training with her,” Const. Brewer says. “I knew her from her very first day in the RCMP. It’s a tough week for the entire community.”
But the out-pouring of public support has helped these Mounties as they mourn one of their own.
“The community support has been fantastic,” says Const. Brewer. “Members of the West Shore detachment and the RCMP are not the only people grieving here. It’s the community as well.”
Funeral preparations for Const. Beckett
Preparations are now underway for a full RCMP regimental funeral for Beckett.
It will be held at the Q Centre in Colwood at 2 pm Tuesday. Thousands of people are expected, including police officers from all across the country.
Arrangements haven’t yet been announced for members of the public who may want to attend.
A large turnout is also expected for a special candle light walk Sunday evening in Langford, which will go from the crash site to Veteran’s Memorial Park.
“I kinda caught the spirit of the community I guess and just thought it’s the least we can do,” says organizer Ryan Carveth.
At the poignant memorial, where emotions are still raw, it’s clear Const. Beckett will never be forgotten.