Stabbing victims mourned
CALGARY—Funeral services are set today for three of the five young people who were stabbed to death at a Calgary house party.
Jordan Segura, Zackariah Rathwell, Josh Hunter, Lawrence Hong, and Kaiti Perras all were at the party marking the end of classes at the nearby University of Calgary early last Tuesday morning.
Police still were trying to determine a motive for the bizarre attack.
Segura, Hunter, and Perras will be remembered in separate services.
Segura, 22, was a religious studies student at the University of Calgary and had worked for the past year at McInnis and Holloway, the funeral home which will be conducting the service.
“He was very popular with staff. He kept in touch with staff and he was just a likeable individual,” said owner Ernie Hagel, who knew Segura well.
“We deal with grief. We help people through grief,” he noted.
“We’ve got to do what we believe in and provide the funeral service, and have a service that has meaning and value so the family can get on with their grief recovery process.
“It’s devastating,” Hagel added. “We don’t understand how things happen and it’s such a waste.
“It just shows how fragile life really is.”
Perras, 23, had attended Mount Royal University and loved to dance.
Her family is encouraging those attending to don “colourful attire,” and has set up a dance scholarship in her name.
“We watched Kaiti grow into an exceptional human being,” dance teacher Shannon Hearn said last week.
“Her smile and energy lit up the stage. . . .
“Our hearts break for her family,” Hearn added. “She was a joy to teach and a beautiful person.
“She will be deeply missed,”
Hunter, 22, was a commerce student at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business and a member of a band called Zackariah and the Prophets along with Rathwell.
“There are no words to describe the absolute devastation and heartbreak we feel over the tragic and senseless loss of our beloved Josh,” the family said in his obituary.
“Josh approached life with joy, gratitude, and a positive outlook and anyone who met him was touched by his smile.
“We will forever miss that smile.”
A funeral for Rathwell is scheduled for Tuesday.
A small memorial was held for Hong at his old high school yesterday. His funeral is planned for Wednesday.
Matthew de Grood, 22, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
He had completed a psychology degree from the University of Calgary last year and had been accepted into law school for the fall.
The suspect is due to appear in court tomorrow to face the allegations.
Grief counsellors have been available in the community, as well as at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University.