Families remember murdered Mounties

The families of four Mounties slain on an Alberta farm five years agowere gathering with their loves ones in private yesterday to mark oneof the darkest days in RCMP history.

The families of four Mounties slain on an Alberta farm five years ago were gathering with their loves ones in private yesterday to mark one of the darkest days in RCMP history.

“You can’t help but be drawn back to the events of that day and just kind of relive them,” said Rev. Don Schiemann, whose son was one of the constables killed by a cop-hating gunman near Mayerthorpe, Alta.

“We’ll go out to the grave site,” said Schiemann, who planned to spend the day in Edmonton with his daughter and her young family. “We just want a bit of a private time.”

The only organized event to honour the officers was a small candle-lighting ceremony planned for yesterday night at a park in Mayerthorpe, where statues of the four stand.

On March 3, 2005, James Roszko cut down the Mounties, who were staking out a Quonset hut after a raid uncovered stolen auto parts and dozens of marijuana plants on his property.

Constables Brock Myrol, 29; Anthony Gordon, 28; Leo Johnston, 32; and Peter Schiemann, 25, were shot dead before Roszko turned the gun on himself.

 
 
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