Slain Alberta boys' funeral to be Saturday
The funeral for Connor and Jayden McConnell — two young brothers whose bodies were found in a bathtub in Millet, Alta. — will be held on Saturday.
Connor, 2½, and Jayden, 10 months, were found in the bathtub by their father, Curtis McConnell, on Monday. RCMP said the boys were killed but no charges have yet been laid.
The service is to be held at 1 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Wetaskiwin, which is about 20 kilometres south of Millet. The pastor, Wayne Jorstad, said it is difficult to prepare for this type of service.
"We talk with people, just trying to understand where they're coming from and caring for them and reminding them of God's presence even in the darkest of hours."
McConnell told a reporter with Australia's Channel Ten Network that the children's mother, Allyson, was undergoing a psychiatric assessment at an Edmonton hospital and had several broken bones.
Ten also reported that McConnell's mother and sister were travelling from Allyson's homeland, Australia, to see her in Edmonton, where she remained in hospital.
An hour before the boys' bodies were found, Edmonton police said a woman jumped from an overpass in the south end of the city.
RCMP have not confirmed whether this was Allyson McConnell but they have said a car from the house in Millet was left in a nearby parking lot.
The couple had separated in November and Curtis McConnell had initiated divorce proceedings a month later.
Court documents reveal custody of the boys had become a contentious issue between the pair. Allyson McConnell wanted to bring the boys back to Australia, but Curtis McConnell wanted them to remain in Canada.
In Wetaskiwin, preparations for the funeral were to continue Friday. Calvary Baptist Church can hold almost 700 people, but Jorstad expected many more would attend Saturday's service.
On Friday night, members of the community in Millet were to hold a candlelight memorial for the youngsters. Starting at the Agriplex near Millet town centre around 6 p.m., the candlelight procession, organized by friends of the family, will continue to a playground near the McConnell family home.