Calgary stabbing victims' families speak out

A growing memorial site is shown in front of the house where five people were stabbed to death in...

A growing memorial site is shown in front of the house where five people were stabbed to death in Calgary. (Jim Wells/QMI Agency)

Jenna McMurray, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:20 PM ET

CALGARY — The grieving families of five young adults who were stabbed to death at a Calgary house party released a joint statement Saturday.

Calgary police released the statement on behalf of the families of Kaiti Perras, 23 Josh Hunter, 23, Zackariah Rathwell, 21, Jordan Segura, 22, and Lawrence Hong, 27.

All five died after being stabbed at a house party early Tuesday in Calgary's worst mass murder. Matt de Grood, 22, is now facing five counts of first-degree murder in their deaths.

"We know the public and media are searching to understand how this could have happened, as are we," said the statement. "But we also know that these answers will take time and nothing will come as quickly as we want or need."

The statement asked for space as they come to grips with the loss of their loved ones, adding they are not ready to speak publicly yet.

They also requested privacy for witnesses and close friends of the victims as they are suffering "unimaginable grief."

Details about various funds supporting scholarships and bursaries being planned to remember the victims will be released in the coming days.


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