National Civic funeral set for Monday for victim of Quebec election night shooting
Police and fireman work at the rear of an auditorium where a gunman shot and killed at least one person during the PQ victory rally Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Montreal. Guards whisked PQ leader Pauline Marois off the stage as handlers informed the partisan crowd there had been an explosive noise and they needed to clear the auditorium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Published Friday, September 7, 2012 8:34PM EDT
MONTREAL - A rare civic funeral is to be held Monday for the man who died in a shooting at a party celebrating the Parti Quebecois election victory.
The funeral for stagehand Denis Blanchette will be held at St. Donat Church in Montreal.
A news release from the provincial government says the flag at the Quebec legislature will fly at half-mast.
Blanchette died when a gunman opened fire at the PQ victory celebration -- a second person was wounded.
Blanchette was a freelance stagehand who made $15 an hour and was filling in for colleagues on the day of the shooting.
Civic funerals are usually reserved for public figures as well as police officers slain in the line of duty.