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Relatives of Ajax homicide victims express gratitude for outpouring of support

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WATCH ABOVE: It has been more than a week since the deaths of Krissy, Roy and Venallia 'Vana' Pejcinovski. Now the teens' father is opening up about the grief his family has had to endure. Shallima Maharaj reports – Mar 22, 2018

More than a week has gone by since a triple homicide claimed the lives of Krassimira Pejcinovski, her son Roy and daughter Vana, and for the first time since their deaths, Vas Pejcinovski is breaking his silence.

In a statement issued through the Don Mills Flyers Facebook page on Thursday, he expresses gratitude for “the outpouring of love and support we have received this past week.”

“My heartfelt thank you to everyone who has reached out to offer kind words, condolences, and tributes,” he wrote.

“Every e-mail, text, and message you have sent has helped to comfort our hearts, and we are truly grateful.”

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Vas Pejcinovski issued the statement on behalf of himself and his surviving daughter Victoria, 16.

He offered thanks to Roy’s hockey team, the Don Mills Flyers, the hockey community at large, Crestwood Preparatory School (where Roy attended), Lakeside Public School (where Vana attended), Spa Sedona (where Krissy worked) and those who launched GoFundMe campaigns.

Vas also announced the creation of the Pejcinovski Family Memorial Fund.

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“There are no words to explain how we feel. Our hearts are broken. We have lost our beloved Krissy, Roy, and Vana and our lives will never be the same,” he wrote.

“I put my faith in God to give us comfort and guide us through this long journey toward healing.”

READ MORE: Man charged with 3 counts of 2nd-degree murder in Ajax triple homicide

Fifteen-year-old Roy was a Bantam AAA phenom hockey player. The hockey community has rallied around the family since news of the tragedy broke.

The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) had players wear special ‘RP’ helmet decals in memory of the star goaltender.

Former Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Tie Domi recently recalled seeing Roy on the ice.

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“I saw him play when he was 10yrs (sic) old at the Brick Tournament…last week I stood behind him for 2 periods he was the difference in win,” he wrote.

“Heart broken to think something like this would happen. Deepest condolences to father and family, friends & teammates.”

Cory Fenn, 29, has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder in connection with the case. His next court appearance is set for March 29.

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