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Families of Calgary stabbing victims begin funeral arrangements

Women cry and hug beside a makeshift memorial near the scene of the multiple fatal stabbings in northwest Calgary on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

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Kaiti Perras loved to dance. Now, her family wants to remember her by giving others the chance to do the same.

Ms. Perras is one of the five victims in Calgary's stabbing massacre, after a house party turned deadly Tuesday morning. Families have started to announce funeral plans.

Mourners can pay their respects for Ms. Perras at a Calgary funeral home Sunday. A "celebration of Kaiti's life," will be held Monday, according to her funeral announcement. "Colourful attire is encouraged," the announcement says.

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In lieu of flowers, the family asked mourners to make a donation to the newly established Kaiti Perras – Love of Dance Scholarship Fund at the Counterpoint Dance Academy in Marda Loop. Ms. Perras was 23. You can read  her obituary here.

Jordan Segura, 22, was another victim stabbed to death Tuesday morning. Mourners can pay respects Sunday, and a funeral will follow Monday. You can read Mr. Segura's obituary here.

Josh Hunter, 23, was also killed. A visitation will be held Saturday, with a "celebration of Josh's life" on Monday in Priddis. You can read Mr. Hunter's obituary here.

Lawrence Hong, 27, will be remembered at his old high school on Sunday, according to 660 News. Zackariah Rathwell also died in the attack at 11 Butler Crescent, a rented split-level home near the University of Calgary. Funeral arrangements for Mr. Hong and Mr. Rathwell have not been announced.

The five died after Matthew de Grood allegedly stabbed them with a large kitchen knife at a party celebrating the end of the academic year in Calgary. The young adults, including Mr. de Grood, all had ties Calgary's postsecondary institutions.

Mr. de Grood, who was captured shortly after the stabbings with help from a police dog, is facing five counts of first-degree murder. He is in custody at a forensic psychiatric facility awaiting his first court appearance, set for Tuesday.

Both the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University have hosted gatherings for friends and strangers, giving them the chance to reach out to one another, tell stories and access support.

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Carrie Tait joined the Globe in January, 2011, mainly reporting on energy from the Calgary bureau. Previously, she spent six years working for the National Post in both Calgary and Toronto. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario and a bachelor’s degree in political studies from the University of Saskatchewan. More

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