April 22, 2014 7:58 am

Family of Calgary stabbing victim Zackariah Rathwell prepares for funeral

CALGARY – A promising musician killed in a horrific mass murder last week will be laid to rest on Tuesday.

The family of Zackariah Rathwell has openly invited anyone to attend the 21-year-old’s funeral, saying they know he touched many lives and everyone is welcome to grieve with them.

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Rathwell was stabbed to death at a house party on Tuesday, April 15th – along with four other young people.

He will be remembered at a public ceremony at the Centre Street Church at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Josh Hunter, 23, was laid to rest on Monday, as were Jordan Segura, 22, and Kaitlin Perras, 23.

Before the ceremony, Zackariah’s mother Ronda-Lee Rathwell released a statement saying:

“I just want to say that my heart is broken. We appreciate the love and support from everyone, and we know that Calgary is grieving with us. We are thankful that we had Zackariah in our lives for the short time he was here.”

A funeral is scheduled to be held Wednesday for 27-year-old victim Lawrence Hong.

Rathwell and Hunter were members of the band Zackariah and the Prophets. The remaining members posted a heartfelt statement on the band’s Facebook page last week, saying they didn’t just lose two bandmates, they “lost two brothers.”

Without all four of us the band doesn’t exist,” adds the April 15th post. “We love you all. And we loved them more than anything in the world.”

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