CALGARY -- Newly engaged to be married and gushing with adoration for his bride-to-be, Cory Christians and his future wife represent everything good about love.
His parents, one dead and the other accused of murder, are everything that can go wrong.
"I can't wait to spend my life with you I love you so much," wrote Christians, in a public Facebook post dedicated to his betrothed.
There's no doubt the young plumber would have wanted his mom at the wedding.
But Carmel Christians' own crumbling relationship, including a protection order against her estranged husband, ended in tragedy on Wednesday when she was stabbed and killed outside a friend's home by a man police say was her spouse.
A copy of the restraining order, obtained by QMI Agency, states 65-year-old James Christians told his wife he would kill her before Cory's wedding next year.
If police are right, he succeeded, killing Carmel and severely wounding the woman at whose home she was staying.
Police launched a manhunt for Christians after neighbours heard screaming and found the two women on a grassy median along the 100 block of Chaparral Valley Dr. S.E., both bloody from stab wounds.
For their son, it's a devastating end to a year he'd called the best of his life, thanks to his engagement.
"She was a loving mother and a very outgoing and fun person," Cory said.