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Canada Hundreds attend memorial for Manitoba mother, two children found dead

The Facebook photo of Lisa Gibson, the Winnipeg mother of two children who were found unresponsive in a bathtub.

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Hundreds of people are attending a memorial for a Manitoba mother and her two children who died last week.

Mourners have filled a funeral home in Stonewall, just north of Winnipeg, as well as a spillover room at a Royal Canadian Legion hall next door.

The service is for Lisa Gibson, who was 32, and her two-year-old daughter Anna and infant son Nicholas.

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Gibson's body was found last week in the Red River in Winnipeg — three days after her children were discovered alone and unresponsive in a bathtub in the family's home.

Police have said that while it may appear Gibson killed her children, they are not ruling out the possibility someone else did and are still investigating.

Media reports have said Gibson suffered from postpartum depression and there are calls for an inquest to examine what kind of health care she may have received.

The office of Manitoba's chief medical examiner is investigating. It has said it will be late fall before there's a decision on whether to call a provincial inquest, which would include sworn testimony from medical experts and others in open court.

Gibson's obituary says she loved her job as a pharmacist and enjoyed the theatre, running and playing soccer.

The obituary for her two-month-old son says baby Nicholas was just starting to smile and laugh.

The deaths shocked many Winnipeg residents and prompted the city to offer counselling and other services at a community centre near the Gibson home.

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There has also been a lot of sympathy expressed for Gibson's reported mental-health struggles.

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