CALGARY – It’s expected thousands of people will gather at a memorial concert this fall, which will be held in honour of five Calgarians killed in a horrific mass murder.
Zackariah Rathwell, 21, Jordan Segura, 22, Josh Hunter, 23, Kaitlin Perras, 23, and Lawrence Hong, 27, were stabbed to death at a house party in Brentwood on April 15th.
The concert will pay tribute to the young victims, and help raise funds for scholarships created in their honour.
The event was organized by Kyle Tenove and Barry Mason, who used to play in the band Zackariah & The Prophets with both Hunter and Rathwell.
They say they were left scrambling to find a venue after the University of Calgary’s Student’s Union denied their request to use campus space.
Although officials later reversed their decision, Tenove and Mason decided instead to host the concert at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
Mason was with Josh Hunter’s father when he was contacted by government officials who offered up the venue.
“When we found out, both of us, we had tears kind of welling up in our eyes,” says Mason. “We never could have imagined having such a large-scale forum for us to do this event.”
“What we want to do is not think about that tragic end, we want to really celebrate the years before.”
The concert will be held on Thursday, September 4th, 2014.
– With files from Carolyn Kury de Castillo