CALGARY- A heartbreaking week continued on Wednesday, as the fifth victim of a horrific stabbing spree was laid to rest.
A service was held for 27-year-old Lawrence Hong, following funerals for victims Kaiti Perras, Jordan Segura and Josh Hunter on Monday, and Zackariah Rathwell on Tuesday.
Hong was set to graduate from the University of Calgary this year, with a degree in Urban Studies.
“Though the cruelty of Lawrence’s departure is painful, his legacy is something we all carry with us,” his friend Brendan McCabe said during the funeral. “Remember to smile, play your strengths and approach every day with unfaltering optimism.”
“Today just goes to show about how amazing an individual Lawrence Hong was,” friend Michael Dixon told the crowd.
“Physically I know Lawrence is gone, but please, please, please, don’t worry because he’ll never let you go.”
Hong’s brother also spoke at the service, and mentioned how close the pair was.
“He was always thinking of me, and unlike so many siblings we had so few spats,” Miles Hong said. “Things would never escalate because he cared about me so much.”
Hong was interested in a future planning public transit, prompting dozens of Calgary Transit employees to pool money to pay for a special charter bus to travel from the university to the service. It was called route 430, in honour of Hong’s April 30th birthday.
-With files from Reid Fiest