Canadian man died protecting daughter in St. Maarten, family says

A Quebec man who died following an alleged robbery attempt in St. Maarten was shot while trying to protect his daughter, his family said.

A family member identified the Canadian victim as Sylvain Valade from Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, a town in the Laurentians region north of Montreal.

Global Affairs Canada said Saturday a Canadian citizen had died in Florida after an incident in the Caribbean nation, but declined to provide further information.

The victim’s daughter, Yanie Valade, paid tribute to her father in an emotional Facebook post, saying he died a hero.

“The images are constantly turning in my head, and the sound of the shot haunts me,” she wrote.

“My beloved papa, you left as a hero, you saved my life and you protected me until your last breath, just like you always did.”

Sint Maarten police have said in a news release that a Canadian man was shot Wednesday night after a robbery. They said the man was walking with his daughter when the two were approached by a suspect who attempted to steal from them.

Police said after a brief struggle, the man was shot and the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle. The victim was flown abroad for medical treatment but did not survive.

Sint Maarten’s justice and tourist ministers have condemned the violent act and said the government is committed to bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Police say there is no suspect description and they are asking for witnesses to come forward.

Just Posted

Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte in court in Tahiti over cannabis growth

MONTREAL — Canadian entrepreneur Guy Laliberte, founder of the Cirque du Soleil… Continue reading

Municipal councils looking for savings as provincial cuts loom

Innisfail town council freezes its pay and Lacombe considering 0% tax increase

Red Deer RCMP bait bike project results in charges

Several people were charged after Red Deer RCMP’s first bait bike project.… Continue reading

Barack Obama says his approach to politics aligned with Justin Trudeau’s

HALIFAX — Former U.S. president Barack Obama made a point of highlighting… Continue reading

Don’t count on me to support western demands: Bloc Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received support in his quest for… Continue reading

Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

Cherry was fired from his co-hosting role for the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 11.

Your community calendar

Wednesday Pain 101 class — learn to take control of your chronic… Continue reading

Joe Pavelski leads Stars past Flames Dallas wins eighth game in past 10

Stars 3 Flames 1 CALGARY — Joe Pavelski scored twice, including an… Continue reading

Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte in court in Tahiti over cannabis growth

MONTREAL — Canadian entrepreneur Guy Laliberte, founder of the Cirque du Soleil… Continue reading

Barack Obama says his approach to politics aligned with Justin Trudeau’s

HALIFAX — Former U.S. president Barack Obama made a point of highlighting… Continue reading

Don’t count on me to support western demands: Bloc Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received support in his quest for… Continue reading

Southern Alberta village council burns proposed biowaste incinerator

BEISEKER, Alta. — A proposal to build a biomedical waste incinerator near… Continue reading

Alberta independence ideas would increase costs: Calgary mayor

CALGARY — Ideas that could give Alberta more independence from the federal… Continue reading

Former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Jason Garrison sues financial adviser

VANCOUVER — A former National Hockey League defenceman is suing his financial… Continue reading

Most Read