The following is a note to staff from News Editor, Pictures America, Gary Hershorn following the tragic death of Montreal based Reuters photographer Shaun Best.

“By now you have all woken up Monday morning having dealt with the news on Sunday that our colleague and friend Shaun Best has passed away.

We have all been running through our heads today Shaun’s passing, trying to make some sense of something that has hit so many of us so hard.

First and foremost today we stood together in shock, thinking of Shaun’s partner, Denise and his parents and how they were coping with this tragic event.

Then there were dozens of us who have talked today, sharing stories, moments and thoughts of our time with Shaun, remembering him as the friend and gentleman he was before we even mentioned the impact his passing will have on our world of photojournalism.