NS Pilot Pays Tribute to 8-Year-Old Shooting Victim with Tribute in the Sky – Halifax | The Canadian News

A Nova Scotia pilot has recorded a tribute in the sky for Lee-Marion Cain, an eight-year-old boy who was recently killed in a blatant shooting.

The boy, affectionately known to loved ones as Mar Mar, is remembered for his endless potential, his love of high-fives, and his stylish wardrobe. He was killed on December 21 after being shot in a car in Dartmouth.

The loss of such a young life has shaken the North Preston community, where Lee-Marion was a third grader at Nelson Whynder Elementary School. It has also caused waves of pain throughout the province.

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“Sometimes there are just no words to explain how it feels,” said Dimitri Neonakis, a private pilot known for creating expressive flight routes over the province.

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“An eight-year-old boy who becomes a victim of violence loses his life… it is difficult to put words to this.

“Violence has no place in Nova Scotia. Violence has no place in our homes. Violence has no place in our communities ”.

Lee-Marion Cain, 8, was killed in a shooting in Dartmouth on December 21, 2021.

Lee-Marion Cain, 8, was killed in a shooting in Dartmouth on December 21, 2021.

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Neonakis said he was recently approached by Quentrel Provo, an advocate for violence and a relative of Lee-Marion, to create a tribute for the boy.

On Boxing Day, Neonakis took to the skies in his Cirrus S22 to write “Mar”, accompanied by a heart, about the boy’s home community in North Preston.

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The flight took about two hours to complete, he said.

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“It’s something I do for communities when they are being shaken, hit hard,” Neonakis said. “These drawings provide some comfort to those directly affected.”

‘A little consolation’

It is not the first time that Neonakis has used his small airship to leave messages of hope in difficult times.

It all started in April 2020, when it flew in a heart-shaped pattern over the community of Portapique, NS, in the wake of a mass shooting that left 22 people dead.

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Neonakis has also honored the six Canadian Armed Forces soldiers who died in a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crash on April 29, 2020, as well as a young child who went missing in Truro, NS, the same year.

The pilot said the flight paths provide some comfort to people who are grieving. Since leaving his tribute to Lee-Marion, he has heard from some family members who appreciated the aerial drawing.

“They seem to bring in some rays of sunshine in people’s dark hours,” he said. “It makes me happy that these heavenly writings bring a little joy in people’s pain and a little comfort.”

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Neonakis, who also runs a pilot program for children with special needs and it is currently raise money for Feed Nova ScotiaHe said that he likes to help people and that he is happy to use his skills to do so.

“Anything you can do to help, even if you are writing in heaven,” he said.

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