Family of slain Calgarians 'absolutely shattered'

Liknes' family friend Cherri Hodgins speaks to the media at the Calgary Courts Centre in Calgary,...

Liknes' family friend Cherri Hodgins speaks to the media at the Calgary Courts Centre in Calgary, Alta., on August 14, 2014. (Mike Drew/QMI Agency)

Kevin Martin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

CALGARY — The survivors of a Calgary couple and their grandson believed slain by a close relative are "absolutely shattered," a close family friend said Thursday.

Cherri Hodgins was on hand to witness a brief court appearance by accused triple murderer Douglas Garland.

And afterwards the best friend of Kathy Liknes, one of the three victims, spoke of the devastation the case has caused.

"She was my dearest friend in the whole world," Hodgins said, after Garland's case was adjourned a month while his lawyer awaits disclosure.

"It's important (for people) to know that the family is absolutely shattered," Hodgins said, adding she’d earlier spoken at length with one of the victim's children.

Garland, 54, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the June 29 slayings of Kathy and Alvin Liknes and one of second-degree murder in the death of their grandson, Nathan O'Brien, 5.

The trio were discovered missing the following morning when Nathan's mom, Jennifer, arrived at the Liknes' Calgary home to pick up her son after a sleepover.

Despite a massive search of multiple areas, including the Airdrie-area farm of Garland's parents, no bodies have been discovered.


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