While the eyes of the world turned from the tragedy in Saskatchewan to the death of the Queen, a remarkable spark was lit in the darkness.

At a news conference last week on James Smith Cree Nation — the place where two Cree men charged in a recent series of heinous crimes were raised — Darryl Burns (brother of homicide victim Gloria Burns) embraced the wife of Damien Sanderson.

“I have a young lady here, her husband is one of the accused,” Burns said, hugging the sobbing woman. “This woman shouldn’t have to bear that kind of guilt and shame and responsibility.”

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