A look at five students killed by Matthew de Grood at Calgary house party

By The Canadian Press
July 12, 2016 - 10:33am

CALGARY — An Alberta review board hearing began Tuesday for a man found not criminally responsible for the stabbing deaths of five young people at a Calgary house party in 2014. Matthew de Grood is in a mental hospital and the board is to decide whether he should be granted any privileges such as escorted outings. Here is a look at the people who died:

Jordan Segura, 22:

Segura was a religious studies student at the University of Calgary and worked part time at funeral home McInnis & Holloway. His boss, Ernie Hagel, said Segura would have been a great funeral director, because he wanted to serve people.


Kaitlin Perras, 23:

Perras, was passionate about dance, attended Mount Royal University and studied at the Counterpoint Dance Academy for several years. At her funeral, an uncle described her as "a tiny girl with such huge courage.''


Lawrence Hong, 27:

Hong was on the cusp of completing the urban studies program at the University of Calgary and his bachelor's degree was granted posthumously. He was described as a social butterfly who loved fashion and had a passion for cycling and urban planning.


Zackariah Rathwell, 21:

Rathwell was a first-year student at the Alberta College of Art and Design and an avid musician. His band, Zackariah and the Prophets, played an album release party the weekend before he died. Rathwell was athletic, artistic and spent years as a Boy Scout, his father said at his funeral.


Josh Hunter, 23:

Hunter was a commerce student at the University of Calgary and the drummer with Zackariah and the Prophets. He was remembered as having strong morals and a knack for making those around him feel welcome.



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