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BLAIRMORE, Alta. — Some quotes about the killing of two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and her father Terry Blanchette:

“He realized he needed to be a dad and he did that, but he did that in the most remarkable way I’ve ever seen. He went to work every day, he never missed a day of work, any money he had it always went to Hailey first … He always made sure she had food, clothes, shelter over her head, before Terry even thought about feeding himself. His whole world revolved around that little girl.” — Becca Harrington, Hailey’s godmother, on Hailey’s father. 

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“He was a great listener, and listened to all my problems and talked with me. And sitting and listening to the Habs games on the radio was always a riot.” — Courtney Hoschajew, who worked alongside Blanchette as a line cook at Pure Country Bar and Grill.

“The Dunbar and Blanchette Families will be forever broken. Terry Blanchette and Hailey meant the world to my little family. Regardless of our differences we need to stand together as one to get through this. I pray for comfort for our families. As a mother and grandmother my pain is unimaginable at the loss of my only grandchild in such a horrific manner.” — Statement posted on Facebook page of Hailey’s maternal grandmother, Terry-Lynn Dunbar. 

“The loss of a child is the most difficult sorrow a family can bear. For Hailey’s family, now deprived of her sunshine, these are the darkest of days. Please know that all Albertans share a part of that darkness with you. Over the past two days, we joined you in your anxiety and worry, and now we share in your loss, and offer our deepest condolences.” — Statement from Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.  


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