Calgary stabbing victim Zackariah Rathwell remembered

A photo of Zackariah Rathwell sits on stage at his funeral at Centre Street Church in northeast...

A photo of Zackariah Rathwell sits on stage at his funeral at Centre Street Church in northeast Calgary, Alta. on April 22, 2014. Rathwell was one of five people killed in Calgary's largest mass murder one week earlier. (Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency)

Shawn Logan, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:02 PM ET

CALGARY — Music, art and determination, all words that will forever be associated with Zackariah Rathwell.

As some 400 of those whose lives the 21-year-old murder victim touched gathered at Calgary’s Centre St. Church Tuesday, those were the key memories evoked while loved ones recalled his short life with both tears and laughter.

Mother Ronda-Lee Rathwell said while the week following Zackariah’s death in Calgary’s worst mass murder has been difficult, hearing from all those impacted by her son — who she affectionately called Zoo Boy, his nickname since he was a baby — has made it bearable.

“This past week has been the hardest of my life, but hanging out with Zoo’s friends has made it so much easier,” she said.

Rathwell was one of five young people slain at a house party in Brentwood, Alta. on Apr. 15, in a case that shocked the city.


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