CALGARY- Some young band members are fine tuning a tribute to two of their friends, who were killed during a stabbing spree in Brentwood last April.
Zackariah Rathwell, 21, Jordan Segura, 22, Josh Hunter, 23, Kaitlin Perras, 23, and Lawrence Hong, 27, were celebrating the end of the school year when they were killed. 23-year-old Matthew de Grood now faces five counts of first-degree murder in connection with their deaths.
Both Rathwell and Hunter played in a band together called Zackariah and the Prophets. The two remaining members have since started a charity called Zackariah and the Non-Profits, which will help fund scholarships in honour of the victims.
A fundraising concert is also planned for next Thursday, at the Jubilee Auditorium.
“There’s a lot of sadness about what could have been, but you can’t go through life doing that or you’ll be a wreck,” says bandmate Barry Mason. “If you wallow in sadness it’s crippling.”
“They were brothers to both of us,” adds Kyle Tenove. “We were four brothers united in music. For me whenever I play I feel like they’re there.”
Tickets for the concert are $25. Click here to purchase tickets.