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Saturday , 24 October 2020
Crosses in memory of Morris Cardinal and Jacob Sansom were left at the site they were killed in May 2019 after a small vigil.

Vigil for slain hunters set for early next month

There will be another vigil to celebrate the lives of Jacob Sansom and Morris Cardinal, who were killed while they were hunting north of Glendon in late March.

Sarah Sansom, Jacob’s wife and the mother of their three children, is wanting to have this vigil to spread positivity during a difficult time for their friends and family.

“I just want to show our family that, there’s more love than there is negativity out in the world because this has been really hard for us to see the good side of humanity right now,” said Sansom.

“So I just want everybody to be together in a way that helps us all feel the love.”

Attendees are asked to wear masks and to socially distance during the vigil, and for those that can’t attend there will be a Facebook Live viewing of the vigil on the event’s Facebook page.

The vigil is also a way to remember the lives of other people who have passed away in similar circumstances.

“We have a candlelight vigil, there will be music, stories, and we’re also gonna invite some other families and people who have gone through similar situations so that they can honour their loved ones as well,”  said Sansom.

“I just want people to see that Jacob and Morris are bigger than the evil part of it.”

Sansom and her family are still trying to cope with the loss of who she calls the foundation of their family and her soulmate. They had known each other for 26 years, and she cannot say enough nice things about him.

“Jacob’s not perfect. He’s made mistakes before, but he’s always manned up to his mistakes and has always tried to do what he can to make things better, regardless of what he had done in the past,” said Sansom.

“There’s so much I could say about that man, that I could go on for hours. He was an incredible human being and you know, he motivated everyone around him to be better.”

The vigil will take place in Bonnyville on October 3 at the Provincial Courthouse gazebo, and it will be at 7:00pm.

The Metis Nation of Alberta is hosting a drive-thru pancake breakfast at the Region II office in Bonnyville next Monday.

It runs from 8:00-11:00am and all proceeds are going to support the family.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connect Media. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.