Moncton mayor asks for volunteers to house thousands of funeralgoers

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer from the Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) has gloves...

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer from the Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) has gloves put on his hands before entering, according to local media, the home of Justin Bourque at a trailer park in Moncton, N.B., June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

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So many people are expected to attend Tuesday's funeral for the three fallen Moncton RCMP officers that the mayor has asked residents to open up their homes to accommodate out-of-towners.

There aren't enough hotel rooms in the city of about 65,000, so Mayor George LeBlanc put out a call for volunteer home billets to host some of the 5,000-7,000 uniformed officers travelling to Moncton to attend the regimental funeral for constables Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, Dave Joseph Ross and Douglas James Larche, who were killed in the line of duty last week.

Public visitation for the three took place Monday while preparations continued in earnest as the city anticipated an influx of thousands more who want to pay their respects.


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