Brian Burns woke up last Sunday morning to a flurry of missed calls and messages from loved ones telling him something terrible had happened at his home.
Among them were missed calls and texts from his wife, Bonnie. “Bonnie tried calling me, about 6.30 am, and I was sleeping. She texted me, saying, “Why don’t you answer your goddamn phone?” Burns, affectionately known as “Buggy” by all who know him, was horseracing about 50 kilometres east of his James Smith Cree Nation (JSCN) home when Myles Sanderson allegedly broke into his home, armed with a knife.
His wife, Bonnie Goodvoice-Burns, 48, and son Gregory “Jonesy” Burns, 28, were murdered in the early morning stabbing spree that left 11 dead and 17 wounded.
An ensuing four-day manhunt for Sandersoncame to an end on Wednesday when his car was rammed off the road and he was apprehended.