Funeral at 11 am Thursday for four-year-old victim of Sainte-Rose daycare bus tragedy

A crowd of mourners is expected to be on hand at Ste-Rose-de-Lima church in Laval’s Sainte-Rose district at 11 am Thursday morning when the funeral of one of the two children who died last week in the crash of an STL bus at a Sainte-Rose daycare takes place.

Four-year-old Jacob Gauthier was identified as one of the deceased victims. The second child was identified as five-year-old Maëva David, whose parents are Jessica Therrien and Nicolas David.

According to a funeral home notice posted online, Jacob was four and a half years old and is survived by his mother, father, sister as well as grandparents and other extended family.

Mourners have created a memorial next to the driveway of the Garderie Éducative Sainte-Rose. (Photo: Martin C. Barry, Newsfirst Multimedia)

Ste-Rose-de-Lima church, as well as the driveway entrance to the daycare on Terrase Dufferin in Sainte-Rose, have become gathering places for many in Laval and elsewhere seeking comfort and wishing to express their sympathy after last week’s attack.

Pierre Ny St-Amand, 51, a driver with the STL, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder as well as seven other charges, including attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Further court proceedings are expected to be taking place this Friday at the Palais de Justice de Laval.