The mayor of a community just outside Montreal was killed following a wasp attack over the weekend.
Lucie Roussel, the mayor of La Prairie, died Sunday of anaphylactic shock after being stung at least 15 times while on vacation.
“Oh she was respected a lot,” said La Prairie resident Sylvie Trepanier, who wiped away tears as she looked at the empty city hall parking spot reserved for Roussel.
“She was a wonderful woman and a fair woman and a woman of heart. She cared for us all those years.”
A city hall spokesperson said Roussel was stung by a wasp last week without incident, but experts say it’s the second exposure to a wasp sting that can lead to complications.
Roussel’s family had suffered another tragedy in the past, when her husband died suddenly of a heart attack.
“I’m thinking about her family,” said Reine Hebert, a former colleague. “They lost their father a few years ago. And it’s like, you can’t do that to the family…it’s so sad.”