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Parents of Brentwood Stabbing Victims are breaking the foundation of musical garden tribute



There was a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday at a park to celebrate the lives of five young Calgarians who were murdered five years ago.

The Quinterra Legacy Garden will rent Zackariah Rathwell, Lawrence Hong, Kaitlin Perras, Jordan Segura and Joshua Hunter, who died after being driven to a party in Calgary's northwest Brentwood community in 2014.

"Since this time, our five families have come together with an amazing group of volunteers to design a project that will return to our community and recognize the incredible support we have received after losing our children and letting others know beyond tragedy and loss, there is light, "the group said in a release.

The park's aspects symbolize the five victims. There will be five chairs near the center, placed under five flowering trees, and a pentagonal star in another area of ​​the garden.

The park will be located in South Glenmore Park overlooking the reservoir. (Quinterra Legacy Garden Group)

The garden will also include a scene and outdoor musical instrument for the community to enjoy.

"The task of the Quinterra group is to provide a peaceful, contemplative and pulsating outdoor space for the Calgary to reflect, heal and remember," said one release.

"The Quinterra Legacy Garden will be an interactive musical garden and performance space that reflects hope, opportunity, creativity and life-affirming features embodied by each of our five amazing children," says a release.

Shannon Miller, Kaitlin's mother, says the parents want to both remember their children and give back to the community that has supported them in recent years.

"Grief is an up and down kind of battle that never goes away, so having the support of the amazing people of Calgary has been priceless."

She said Kaitlin loved nature and was a dancer, so she can't wait to see the kids twirling on stage because it will keep her daughter's legacy alive.

Barclay Hunter, Josh's father, said all five victims were creative and the park is the perfect way to honor them.

"It's been a big part of our healing," he said.

Located in South Glenmore Park, overlooking the Glenmore Reservoir, the memorial was designed by Bassett Associates landscape architects.

The group hopes to raise $ 750,000 for the park. So far, $ 250,000 has been raised.


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