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Nipawin funeral for Latasha Gosling and her children follows Tisdale vigil

A candlelight vigil was held in Tisdale for the family that was slain a week ago in a murder-suicide.

Hundreds gathered to remember Latasha Gosling and 3 of her children in Tisdale

Family of Latasha Gosling and her three children, who were slain in an apparent murder-suicide April 22, participated in a candlelight vigil in Tisdale Wednesday. At centre is Jason Gosling, the father of Janayah, 4, Jenika, 8, and Landen, 7. (Madeline Kotzer/CBC News)

A funeral for Latasha Gosling and her three children will be held in Nipawin on Friday.

The family's funeral service follows a candlelight vigil held in Tisdale on Wednesday night.

Gosling, 27, and her three children Jenika, 8, Landen, 7, and Janayah, 4, were found dead in their mobile home on April 22. The body of Steve O'Shaughnessy, the man believed to have killed them, was found later the same day by police in Prince Albert. 

An unharmed six-month-old girl is being cared for by family.

Hundred of people attended the vigil in Tisdale. Buses brought many family and friends from Nipawin to the memorial.

Among the guests was Tim Funk, a family member who organized an online fundraiser for the grieving family. Funk said the more than $60,000 raised will be used to pay for the family's funerals on Friday and what is left over will be saved in a educational trust fund for Gosling's surviving child.

Family member Tim Funk on Tisdale vigil for slain family. 1:29

"What's been giving me strength is everyone's messages I've been getting. Reading all their prayers and condolences," Funk said. "It's been giving the energy and strength to keep going and to raise much money and support for my family along the way."

Kierra Holdstock, 9, was best friends with Jenika. (Madeline Kotzer/CBC News)

Kierra Holdstock, 9, attended the vigil with her family. Her mother told CBC that 8-year-old Jenika Gosling was Kierra's best friend.

"I think she needed support and closure," Kierra's mother explained of the family's decision to attend the service.

Throughout the vigil, the group heard leaders from the community speak. Pastor Roy Zimmerman addressed the crowd and encouraged everyone grieving to "focus on the happy".

"Blame and anger simply delay healing," Zimmerman said.

After, he asked members of Tisdale's faith community to raise their hands in the crowd and explained that the town's faith community is ready and willing to help anyone who needs it.

In addition to expressing their grief, many of the speakers spoke about the importance of acting on issues related to domestic violence.

The funeral for Latasha, Jenika, Janayah and Landen will be held on Friday, May 1 at 1 p.m. CST at the Nipawin Alliance Church.

A candlelight vigil was held in Tisdale for Latasha Gosling, 27, and her three children (from left) Janayah, 4, Jenika, 8, and Landen, 7. (Submitted by Jessica Rae)

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