One of the very best Nova Scotian professional athletes in history needs just a single word to explain the present circumstance in her province-- "surreal."

Six-time nationwide ladies's curling champ Colleen Jones, who is a CBC reporter in Halifax, has actually been living out the grim aftermath of Sunday's killing rampage with fellow Nova Scotians at work and in your home.

"Seeing the quiet of the location and recognizing the hell that took place on the weekend-- it's hard to even imagine it," stated Jones, voted the province's second-best professional athlete of perpetuity behind Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby in 2017 by the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame.

"And the horror of a wolf in sheep's clothes, that he had the preparation and thought of impersonating an RCMP officer is much more heartbreaking. If they saw him in his automobile, that of course individuals would have opened their doors or stopped their vehicle. It's simply such a dreadful thing in such a picturesque province. So lots of innocent people and the shattered lives that can't grieve appropriately in a standard method [ due to the fact that of the COVID-19 pandemic]"

While Jones has a first-hand appearance at a province trying to come to grips with a minimum of 19 lives lost, other popular Nova Scotian professional athletes can only enjoy in shock from afar.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver Brian Jones, a local of Enfield, N.S., now residing in Toronto, has actually been at the filling station and restaurant where the rampage ended "numerous times."

The killing of the active shooter on Sunday in a neighborhood with a population of just under 5,000 topped a lengthy police chase that is now the topic of international headings.

"It's simply difficult to put words together today, honestly, to explain what's happened," Jones said. "It appears so random, so approximate. Right where the guy ended up getting taken down is literally within 10 minutes from my house where I grew up. It sort of puts things into point of view. It's a crazy, insane, crazy, terrible time for a lot of people right now."

Saskatchewan Roughriders kicker Brett Lauther is a native of Truro, N.S., just down the highway from where the scary began in Portapique.

Colleen Jones, left, of Halifax, N.S., described the existing sensation in her home province as"surreal"following the weekend's catastrophe . (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Like Jones, an Acadia item, Lauther also played his university football in his home province at Saint Mary's in Halifax.

"Obviously, just entirely sad," Lauther stated. "The whole location it type of covered was all where I matured. It started about 20-30 minutes north of Truro and went right down past it towards Enfield where it ended. It's just such a little, strong tight-knit community.

"... I've got some insane text messages on my phone from my pals, household, RCMP, other officers, people I understand there. It couldn't have struck home more.

"There are no words."

Colleen Jones is facing the included challenge of trying to cover a catastrophe in your home as a veteran press reporter.

"You do need to manage it with severe care," she stated. "These are uncharted times for any press reporter. No one has actually seen anything like this in Canada before and we're in the middle of a pandemic on top of it. Individuals's emotions even prior to this were high due to the fact that we have a great deal of people who have actually lost tasks, we have a lot of individuals who can't check out enjoyed ones in senior houses, we have the COVID-19 crisis in our long-term care homes. Individuals were already quite emotional. Now you include this incredible disaster that has such huge tentacles."

Fellow curler Jennifer Baxter, the second for Mary-Anne Arsenault's Nova Scotia champ team this season, likewise is seeing the news impact her work. The Halifax local is a resource discovering centre instructor at a junior high school.

"As instructors, we're definitely concerned about our trainees," she said. "We've been concerned about our trainees with this entire infection and this just adds another layer to it.

"It's simply taking a bit of time today to get in touch with the individuals you wish to link with and making sure that the shock of everything is not as harsh as it might be, especially knowing that we can't actually connect in person."

'Unthinkable'

Other prominent Nova Scotia professional athletes required to social networks to express their thoughts. Crosby sent out his acknowledgements Tuesday on the twitter feed of his charitable foundation. Heidi Stevenson, an RCMP officer who was killed in the shooting spree, was from Crosby's house town of Cole Harbour.

"I want to extend my inmost acknowledgements to the household of Heidi Stevenson of Cole Harbour, and to all the families who have lost enjoyed ones and have actually been impacted by this dreadful act," Crosby said.

"This tragic event has actually ravaged communities throughout Nova Scotia, but I understand we will come together and help each other get through this. I am thinking about everyone at house."

"Unthinkable, prayers to everyone affected by this senseless act," tweeted Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman Al MacInnis, a native of Inverness.

"Didn't believe something this awful could occur at home," Canadian females's hockey group forward Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton wrote. "My heart is with the households of everybody included."

Durability and humbleness

Schooner Sports and Entertainment, the group trying to bring a CFL club to Halifax, revealed it will contribute the first $1,000 toward any fund established to support the victims' families.

Colleen Jones thinks the resiliency of her province, which has actually handled several mining and fishing disasters together with the Halifax Explosion in 1917, will be on display in the weeks and months ahead.

"It's a province where Sidney Crosby can come and still shop in Sobeys when he's here for the summertime and no one troubles him," Jones said. "And Anne Murray can go golf at her golf course up on the Northumberland Strait and nobody bothers her. Due to the fact that I think it's a province where everybody does understand everyone or more degrees of separation.

"I think there's a humility to the province drawn from difficult times in the past. This is a province that economically-speaking-- it's constantly had a battle. So people assisting individuals is the only control you've got in some of the uncontrollable circumstances. I think all of us saw our grandmas and grandpas and mothers and daddies assist others and you discover by that example."

That of course individuals would have opened their doors or stopped their automobile if they saw him in his vehicle. ... I've got some crazy text messages on my phone from my good friends, household, RCMP, other officers, individuals I understand there. Individuals's feelings even before this were high because we have a lot of people who have actually lost jobs, we have a lot of individuals who can't check out loved ones in senior houses, we have the COVID-19 crisis in our long-lasting care houses. People were already pretty emotional. People helping people is the only control you've got in some of the unmanageable situations.