'Calgary grieves with us': Family of mass murder victim speaks out

Mourners at the memorial get-together for Lawrence Hong at Bishop O'Byrne High School in Calgary on...

Mourners at the memorial get-together for Lawrence Hong at Bishop O'Byrne High School in Calgary on Sunday April 20, 2014. Hong was one of the five victims of last week's mass murder. Mike Drew/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

Katie Schneider, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:13 AM ET

CALGARY -- The family of Zackariah Rathwell say they struggle every day trying to understand that he won’t be coming home.

But while they only had him for a short time, the devastated family said in a statement issued through police Sunday they are grateful for the precious time they had with the 21-year-old who touched so many lives, and are thankful for the support of a city grieving with them.

Rathwell, his bandmate Josh Hunter, 23, and Kaiti Perras, 23, Jordan Segura, 22, and Lawrence Hong, 27, were stabbed to death at a house party early Tuesday in Brentwood.

“We are devastated by what happened,” Rathwell’s family said in the statement. “It is a struggle every day to understand that Zackariah won’t be coming home.

“He was so close to so many, and touched the lives of everyone he came into contact with.”


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