As family and friends of the five students killed in the Brentwood stabbing spree prepare to lay their loved ones to rest, the family of the youngest victim said in a statement Sunday it’s a “struggle every day” to understand their son won’t be coming home.
Zackariah Rathwell, 21, was the youngest of those killed at a house party turned crime scene last week. He was an aspiring musician and a first-year student at the Alberta College of Art and Design.
“We are devastated by what happened. 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,” the family said.
“To the other families, please accept our deepest condolences for your loss, no one should ever have to lose someone who was so young and full of so much potential.”
Rathwell’s funeral is planned for Tuesday.
“We would also like to thank everyone who has offered their prayers and condolences. We know that as we grieve, the City of Calgary grieves with us. Thank you for all your thoughts and all your prayers. Thank you for caring about Zack,” said the family.
Funeral services for all five victims will be held this week:
Hong: A funeral will be held Wednesday, April 23, at the Centre Street Church in northeast Calgary at 1:30 p.m. MT.
Rathwell: A funeral will be held Tuesday, April 22, at the Centre Street Church in northeast Calgary at 1:30 p.m. MT. The family has established the Zackariah James Rathwell Trust Fund to establish a scholarship to help students pursue their dreams in the arts. Donations can be made at any RBC location.
Segura: A funeral will take place at 10 a.m. MT Monday at the McInnis & Holloway on Centre Street. A tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park in his memory.
Perras: A funeral will take place at 1 p.m. MT at First Alliance Church in southeast Calgary and attendees are encouraged to wear colourful attire. Her family has set up the Kaiti Perras Love of Dance Scholarship Fund at Counterpoint Dance Marda Loop. Donations can be made at any TD branch.
Hunter: A funeral will take place Monday at 2 p.m. MT at Christ Church in the southwest followed by a gathering at the Priddis Community Hall in Priddis, Alta.