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A look at the five students killed at Calgary house party in 2014

May 16, 2016 - 2:15 PM

CALGARY - The trial for a man accused of stabbing five young people to death at a Calgary house party in 2014 began Monday. Matthew de Grood has pleaded not guilty to five counts of first-degree murder. He admits to stabbing his victims, but his lawyer says he will argue de Grood is not criminally responsible for the killings.

Here is a look at the people who died:

Jordan Segura, 22:

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


Kaitlin Perras, 23:

She attended Mount Royal University and was passionate about dance, studying 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:

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


Zackariah Rathwell, 21:

He 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 the tragedy. Rathwell was athletic, artistic and spent years as a Boy Scout, his father said at his funeral.


Josh Hunter, 23:

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


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