July 19, 2016 6:57 pm
Updated: July 20, 2016 1:15 pm

Family of Taliyah Marsman, Sara Baillie speak of loss: ‘they’ll always be in our hearts’

WATCH ABOVE: Days after 5-year-old Taliyah Marsman and her mother, Sarah Baillie, were found dead, Baillie's mother and brother speak with Global's Nancy Hixt.


Life has forever changed for the loved ones of Sara Baillie and little Taliyah Marsman.

It’s been one week since Baillie was found dead inside of her northwest Calgary home, sparking an Alberta-wide Amber Alert that ended in tragedy.

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It’s believed Baillie’s little girl, Taliyah, was killed just hours later. The search for the five-year-old came to a heartbreaking end last Thursday after Calgary police found her body just outside the city limits.

Baillie’s mother and brother spoke for the first time Tuesday about their incomprehensible loss. Their hearts are broken.

“They will be sadly missed and will leave a huge hole in our hearts,” Sara’s mother Janet Fredette said as she broke down.

“I guess I want the world to know that Sara was a very special girl and Taliyah was the light of her life and it’s nice that they’ve taken this journey with us. We don’t like the outcome of the journey.”

Watch below: Global’s ongoing coverage of Sara Baillie and Taliyah Marsman

Family was everything to Baillie. And from the moment Taliyah was born, she became the heart of the family.

“I was there to help bring Taliyah into the world, and that was the happiest day of my life,” Fredette said.

Taliyah Marsman and her grandmother, Janet Fredette.

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Taliyah loved life and never missed a chance to dance or play dress up.

Everything she did revolved around her mother, who she fondly called “mama”.

They were inseparable.

“Taliyah was Sara’s shadow. Wherever Sara went, Taliyah went,” Sara’s brother Michael Baillie said.

To Taliyah, Michael was “uncle Mikey.”

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Taliyah Marsman and her uncle / Sara’s brother, Michael Baillie.

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“She was like my buddy. We’d go for walks. If I had to walk to the store to go get some groceries she wanted to come with me and that was great.”

For Michael, it’s now about the missed memories and milestones.

“Not seeing her grow up, if she ever had any questions or wanted any advice from myself I can’t give that to her now… so that makes it hard,” he said.

“I never got to take her out actual fishing…that’s something that was taken away.”

Fredette said she thinks about the graduation that Taliyah will never experience.

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Family gathered and looked at photos and videos on Thursday, reliving their favourite times together.

“She was so proud when she phoned to tell us she had lost another front tooth and that was just a week ago,” Fredette said.

“They’ll always be in our hearts,” Baillie said. “So that’s going to be tough…that they won’t be here.”

“They’re gone but we still have their memories,” Fredette in tears. “Hopefully the pain will ease in time but I know it’s never going to go away.”

A funeral will be held for Baillie and Taliyah on Thursday at Centre Street Church (3900 2nd Street N.E.) at 2:00 p.m. MT.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Missing Children Society of Canada here.

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