|Brian Ilesic's family released a photo of the deceased man with his 12-year-old daughter Kiannah. Ilesic was killed in a multiple shooting and robbery during an early morning armoured car robbery at University of Alberta HUB Mall on June 15, 2012. (Family handout)
EDMONTON - Funeral arrangements have now been made for three armed security guards gunned down during a violent robbery at the University of Alberta last Friday.
Family and friends will be paying their respects to 39-year-old Eddie Rejano on Friday afternoon in Edmonton, and Brian Illseic, 35, will be laid to rest on Saturday. Both families are requesting privacy during the ceremony.
The funeral for the third victim, Michelle Shegelski, will be held on Tuesday afternoon.
Henrietta Shegalski, Michelle's mother-in-law, recently made the trip from her home in Lac du Bonnet, Man., to spend time with her grieving son, Victor, who married Michelle in April.
The pair met when Victor, a former soldier who completed two tours of Afghanistan with the Canadian Forces, started working at G4 Cash Solutions Canada three years ago.
The first time Henrietta met Michelle, she knew she was special, and was the kind of women every mother wants her son to marry.
"Every memory of Michelle was so fond. At the wedding when we were saying goodbye, we just took each other's hands and she just said to me, 'You're the best mother-in-law I could ever have.' I felt the same way," Henriette said, noting the 26-year-old was a bubbly, happy person full of life.
"He's (Victor) very devastated. They (the family) are able to talk about it and cry together and that is a very major thing that has to happen right now."
The trio were fatally shot -- allegedly at the hands of a co-worker -- during a bank machine service at the University of Alberta's HUB Mall shortly after midnight. Guard Matthew Schuman survived the shooting but remains in critical condition in hospital.
Following a 36-hour manhunt, 21-year-old Travis Baumgartner was picked up at the Lynden, Wash., border crossing with more than $330,000 on him. He's been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and four counts of robbery with a firearm.
Donations from the public continue to pour in for Rejano's family since a collection began at Wild West Shooting Centre in West Edmonton Mall, where he worked as a range officer when he wasn't working as a G4S security guard. So far, the fund has managed to collect more than $4,000.
G4S has also established a fund in support of the victim's families. Donations can be made at any TD Bank branch and should be marked "the families of the victims of the University of Alberta Edmonton Shooting." The account number for the fund is 8238-6645052.
G4S spokesperson Robin Steinberg said the company is planning to hold a private memorial for employees. They will also be having an internal week of mourning next week: employees will wear black ribbons and observe a moment of silence. There are no plans to create a physical memorial.
"Some (are handling it) better than others," said Steinberg, who did not immediately have available the amount of donations collected. "It's a tough thing. I don't think it's something anybody is easily going to forget."