July 10, 2014 11:00 am

Candlelight vigil on Thursday for missing Calgary family

CALGARY – A candlelight vigil for missing five-year-old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents will be held at a southwest community centre on Thursday.

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Alvin and Kathryn Liknes haven’t been seen since the night of June 30, following an estate sale at their Parkhill home. Their five-year-old grandson Nathan O’Brien, who had been dropped off for a sleepover, also disappeared.

Timeline: Missing Calgary family Nathan O’Brien, Alvin and Kathryn Liknes

The vigil has been organized by those close to the Liknes family, who say the past week has been hard.

“It’s pretty tough, it breaks a person up,” says Lorna Wendzina, a longtime family friend of the Liknes’. “You hear about it on the news, but it hits home when it’s your friends. That’s something that’s touched our heart.

“It’s heartbreaking and we’re devastated.”

Wendzina says they hope to see nearly one thousand candles lit at Thursday’s vigil, in hopes of showing the family how much support they have.

“They are the nicest people I know, they have an open arm policy, always have smiles on their faces, just kind. It’s rare, they’re just that true kindness.”

The vigil starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Parkhill Community Centre (4013 Stanley Road S.W.) and is open to the public.

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