'I hope this ends up being a happy story': Mother of missing boy

Jennifer O'Brien, right, mother of missing five-year-old Nathan O'Brien is consoled as folks...

Jennifer O'Brien, right, mother of missing five-year-old Nathan O'Brien is consoled as folks gathered for a candlelight vigil for Nathan and his grandparents Alvin and Kathryn Liknes at the Parkhill Community Hall in Calgary on July 10, 2014. (Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency)

Damien Wood, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

CALGARY - Hope.

It was a word heard over and over again at a candlelight vigil Thursday night for Alvin and Kathryn Liknes and their five-year-old grandson Nathan O’Brien, missing almost two weeks now.

Family, friends and strangers gathered in southwest Calgary just around the corner from the Liknes home where the trio disappeared, say they still have hope all three will be found.

Hope when they’re found, it will be alive and well.

Hope despite an ongoing mystery that’s had investigators scouring locations in and around the city since June 30 with no firm answers found.

“We are very hopeful that they are still out there,” said Nathan’s mother, Jennifer O’Brien, standing with husband Rod O’Brien.

“There’s no doubt in our minds ... they’ve just got to find them,” she said.

“I hope this ends up being a happy story ... I think it will.”

Alvin’s son, Jeff Liknes agreed.

“I don’t want to think of this as a funeral, because I know it’s not,” he said.

Hundreds of people from the community and beyond came out to the neighbourhood’s community hall Thursday night and dozens speak to share their hope, to add it to a family so desperately clinging to theirs.

Kathryn’s brother, Randy Prevost, never thought anything like this could happen to his family.

He’s seen it happen elsewhere. He’s seen it in the news and he’s seen it in movies.

But having it happen to him, he said, has been like an out-of-body experience.

“I hope (whoever’s responsible) has a heart,” he said.

And he continues to hope “that I can see all three of them alive ... I just want to look each one of them in the eyes and cry for a while.”

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