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Police remove a truck with Manitoba license plates from the front of a house on Parklane Avenue in Oshawa, Onta. Friday, September 4, 2020. Canadian Press / Frank Gunn
Police in Oshawa, Onshaw, have identified four people killed in Friday morning’s mass shootings as a father and his three children as they continue to seek a motive behind the carnage at a family home.
The dead included 50-year-old Chris Trainer and his children, 20-year-old Bradley Trainer, 15-year-old Adelaide Trainer and 11-year-old Joseph Trainer, Durham regional police said.
The family of a 50-year-old woman who was injured in the shooting is also recovering in hospital.
Police identified the shooter as 48-year-old Michelle Lapa, who died of gunshot wounds and said he was an “uninvited person.”
Police have not yet identified Lapa’s relationship with his victims and the homicide unit is still investigating the motive behind the shooting.
“Investigators want to talk to people who know the lone attacker, Michelle Lapa, because they are trying to understand the motive and reasons for the attacks,” Durham police said in a statement.
“If anyone has details or background information about him, they are asked to contact their local police service or one of our lead investigators.”
The weekend poured grief on the trainer family on social media, with many describing the family as generous, diligent and deeply involved in the local sports community.
“The Trainer family are dear and active members of the Oshawa community,” reads the GoFundme page set up in support of surviving members of the family who raised more than 5,000 to 85,000 as of Sunday evening.
“Their acts of kindness, love and erudition did not match. The impact the family had on everyone they touched will be remembered forever.”
Durham Catholic District School Board of Education directors and trainers support families who know.
“Words on this horrific incident cannot adequately express our deep shock and extreme grief,” Tracy Barrell said in a statement.
“As the Catholic community is rooted in the faith, we continue to pray for family members and those directly affected by this heartbreaking news.”
Baseball Oshawa president Ken Babcock said Chris Trainer coached the program for many years, while Joseph Trainer was a member of the Legionnaires delegation.
“Words cannot describe the shocking and heartbreaking tragedy that has touched our wonderful community in Oshawa and affected our collective baseball family,” Bobcock said in a statement.
Trainer said neighbors described the family as taking deep care of each other, and said they often saw each other playing games and doing things together in the backyard.
The city of Oshawa has announced that flags will be cut in half at City Hall and other facilities.
“Our thoughts and prayers are conveyed to families and friends during this difficult time,” Mayor Dan Carter said in a statement, thanking the police and first responders.