Mourners gather at the funeral for Josh Hunter in Calgary this week. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal)
Hundreds have gathered at funeral services this week for the victims of the tragic mass murder that has Calgary in mourning. The city has had to face funerals for Zackariah Rathwell, Jordan Segura, Kaiti Perras and Josh Hunter, all of whom were in their early twenties. Today marks the final memorial service, for 27-year-old Lawrence Hong. The service will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Centre Street Church in Calgary.
All five victims were at a party on April 15 when they were stabbed to death. It's alleged that 22-year-old Matthew de Grood stabbed the five young people before fleeing. He's been charged with five counts of first-degree murder, and is undergoing assessment to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial.
Hundreds of people have been gathering at the funerals all week, coming together as a community to celebrate the lives of the five young victims. At the funeral for Zackariah Rathwell on Monday, pastor Warren Wiebe's told the assembled, "Although we can't comprehend, we care. Behind you is an army of people — and the city."
The Calgary Herald has put together biographies of each of the victims. You can read more about each of them as individuals — and not just as victims of a tragic story — here.
The family of Kaiti Perras has set up a scholarship in her name, called the Kaiti Perras Love of Dance Scholarship. Donations can be made at TD branches across the country. There is also a scholarship in Rathwell’s name, which you can donate to at any Royal Bank in Calgary.