Fam­i­lies of Cal­gary vic­tims ask for pri­vacy

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“In this time of tremen­dous grief and tragedy, our five fam­i­lies have come to­gether as one,” the fam­i­lies said in a pre­pared state­ment is­sued by Cal­gary Po­lice.

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

Fu­neral ser­vices for Per­ras, Se­gura and Hunter have been sched­uled for Mon­day and a fourth for Rath­well will be held Tues­day.

“As a group, we have come to­gether to sup­port one an­other, and in time, start the heal­ing process. First, we must say good­bye to our loved ones, which in­cludes me­mo­ri­als and fu­ner­als over the com­ing days and weeks,” the fam­i­lies wrote.

“We ask that in this time of unimag­in­able sorrow, you re­spect our pri­vacy and give us the breath­ing room we need to come to grips with what has hap­pened to Josh, Zack, Kaiti, Jordan and Lawrence.”

Po­lice are still try­ing to de­ter­mine a mo­tive for the bizarre at­tack, say­ing it ap­peared the sus­pect hadn’t been drink­ing or do­ing drugs. Cal­gary’s po­lice chief says they were “all good kids” and there was no in­di­ca­tion of any in­ci­dent that would have pro­voked the at­tack.

Three of the stu­dents were at­tend­ing the Univer­sity of Cal­gary, an­other the Al­berta Col­lege of Art and De­sign. Per­ras had been a stu­dent at Mount Royal Univer­sity.

A me­mo­rial out­side the home where the stab­bing took place continues to grow with piles of flow­ers, hand­writ­ten notes, stuffed an­i­mals and bal­let shoes in hon­our of Per­ras, who spent years dancing.

“We wish to ex­tend our thanks to Cal­gar­i­ans, and oth­ers who have ex­pressed their con­do­lences for our loss. We know you are griev­ing, too, and we truly ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port,” said the fam­i­lies.

— The Cana­dian Press

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