September 4, 2014 5:28 pm
Updated: September 4, 2014 6:34 pm

Grieving family says final farewell to ‘superhero’ Nathan O’Brien


CALGARY- More than two months after the shocking murders of a Calgary boy and his grandparents, friends and family gathered to say a final farewell to little Nathan O’Brien.

The five-year-old hasn’t been seen since he vanished on June 30, along with his grandparents Alvin and Kathryn Liknes. While their bodies have not been found, Douglas Garland has since been charged with three counts of murder in the case.

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On Thursday morning, mourners gathered at a southwest Calgary church, dressed in Spiderman T-shirts and costumes in honour of the boy his parents fondly remember as ‘their superhero.’

“Nathan’s family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all the thoughtful expressions of love and kindness by relatives and friends, during their time of loss and bereavement,” the funeral program read.

O’Brien was remembered as an active boy who loved life, enjoying every day to the fullest. His parents Jen and Rod O’Brien bravely gave an emotional tribute to their young son, and several songs were performed in the boy’s honour.

A separate memorial for the Liknes’ will be held in the coming weeks.

Funds are still being collected to help support family members, and e-mail money transfers can be sent to

WATCH: Friends and family arrive at Nathan O’Brien’s memorial.

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