CALGARY- People around the province gathered to support a grieving Calgary family on Tuesday night, just one day after police announced that Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents were no longer considered missing, they were victims of homicide.
Five-year-old Nathan and Alvin and Kathryn Liknes haven’t been seen since June 30.
On Tuesday, Douglas Garland, 54, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder in connection with the case.
On Tuesday night, people across Calgary and in communities around the province including Lethbridge, Three Hills, Chestermere , and Airdrie gathered in a show of solidarity. Green candles were lit, and green balloons were released in honour of the victims.
WATCH: Lethbridge residents band together to release green balloons for the three victims of homicide.
“I wanted to release the balloons to show respect and sympathy for the family who has lost so much,” says Cindy Castiglione, who organized a balloon release in Lethbridge.
When asked why this story hits so close to come, Castiglione fought back tears and simply stated “a five year old boy.”
A makeshift memorial has also popped up in front of the Liknes’ Parkhill home, and green ribbons line streets in the neighbourhood. Many people have also changed their photos on social media to show a green ribbon with the names Nathan, Kathryn and Alvin.