Five university students will indelibly be linked to the worst mass homicide in the city’s history.
But the so-called “BSD5″ were remembered Tuesday for what they meant to their families, friends and fellow students.
Eric Grant lost one of his best friends, Zackariah Rathwell, when violence erupted at a Brentwood house party.
“When someone snuffed their light out it affected a lot of people,” Grant said outside a vigil held at the University of Calgary.
“It affects us all at home,” he added. “We all were that student at one point celebrating our last day of classes.”
Metro confirmed four of the five stabbing victims as Rathwell, Joshua Hunter, Jordan Segura and Lawrence Hong.
The fifth victim was widely reported to be Kaitlin Perras.
Online mourners used the hashtag #BSD5 to pay tribute to their fallen classmates in a reference to Monday’s Bermuda Shorts Day.
Rathwell, a 23-year-old Calgary resident and student at the Alberta Colleges of Art & Design (ACAD), and Josh Hunter, a 22-year-old Priddis native enrolled in a business program at the U of C, were both members of the band Zackariah & The Prophets.
The quartet had only just celebrated the release of their EP at a party Saturday.
Band member and close friend Kyle Tenove described the pair as “legendary musicians.”
“All I want to say is they were my little brothers and I love them so much and I’ll never be the same without them,” he added.
Hunter’s family declined to common when reached at home Tuesday.
Daniel Doz, president and chief executive at ACAD, said the college community was “deeply shocked and saddened” to learn of Rathwell’s death.
“Zackariah Rathwell was an esteemed first-year student at ACAD,” Doz said in a statement. “We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends, our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
Victim Jordan Segura, a fellow U of C student, was remembered for having the ability to light up a room, according to cousin Monica Segura. She added that his family had been left “heartbroken” by word of his death.
“He had a heart of gold and a passion for life and knowledge,” she said. “It was hard to around him and not smile.”
Segura was studying religion and history and worked for McInnis & Hollow Funeral Homes.
Urban studies student Lawrence Hong was remember for his style, although that wasn’t always the case.
Mike Wells met Hong at Bishop O’Byrne High School and the pair became part of “nerdy kids that no one really got.”
The tight-knit group drifted apart after graduation, although Wells said they’d occasionally catch up during occasional run-ins.
“He was one of the most genuine and kind people that exists,” Well said. “He didn’t care what people thought about him because he was comfortable with who he was.”
Little was known about Perras, with distant family members declining comment.