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Lionel Desmond's family to hold rally in support Canadian veterans next month

Shanna and Lionel Desmond hold their daughter Aaliyah in a photo from the Facebook page of Shanna Desmond. The RCMP in Nova Scotia have confirmed that Lionel Desmond killed his family and then himself. Police say autopsies found that Desmond and three family members died of gunshot wounds, and that his own wound was self-inflicted. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Facebook MANDATORY CREDIT

A rally being held by Lionel Desmond’s family next month aims to provide support to Canadian veterans who have yet to receive it.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the “emphasis of this event is community, and our response to the Veteran Affairs Canada’s failures.”

Earlier this year, the 33-year-old Afghan war veteran shot and killed his 52-year-old mother Brenda, his 31-year-old wife Shanna and their 10-year-old daughter Aalyiah, before turning the gun on himself.

Members of his family said he was struggling with PTSD leading up to the tragic event in Upper Big Tracadie.

On the event’s Facebook page, Lionel’s sister Cassandra Desmond said they are hoping to make sure other veteran families will not have to worry about suffering through the same tragedy that their family did.

The rally is set to take place Sept. 16 at the Community Centre in St. Andrews.

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