Thousands gather at Moncton funeral for 3 slain Mounties

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    Thousands gather at Moncton funeral for 3 slain Mounties

    The brother of one of the three New Brunswick Mounties killed in the line of duty told a regimental funeral service Tuesday that the death of Const. Douglas James Larche has forever changed his life and left him feeling an overwhelming despair.

    Daniel Larche, a master seaman in the Royal Canadian Navy, spoke of the bond he shared with his brother during his eulogy — a connection now severed.

    “I stand here before you with an unbearable sadness, disbelief, rage, because a great man was taken away from us far too soon,” he told mourners inside the Moncton Coliseum.

    “Never in my worst nightmare did I envision a stitch in time that I would be giving his eulogy.”

    Police and members of the public filled the hockey arena for the funeral service for Larche, 40, and fellow constables Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, and Dave Joseph Ross, 32.

    Ross’s brother-in-law, Adrian Vander Ploeg, recalled how the RCMP officer was making dinner but dropped everything, including leaving the barbecue lid up and the garage door open, to be among the first to respond to a report of a gunman last Wednesday evening.

    “For those closest to Dave, that barbecue left still open says everything about who Dave was and his devotion to those around him,” Vander Ploeg said.

    Gevaudan was remembered by Geoffrey McLatchie, his spiritual adviser, as a doting husband and stepfather.

    “Fabrice lived a heart-centred life, a life of joy and happiness, a life where he connected to the…

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