To Jennifer O’Brien – The Deepest Sympathies

14 Jul


Jennifer O’Brien – I’ve never met you.  I don’t know anything about you or your family other that what I’ve seen on the news.  I’ve never had the pleasure of interacting with your gorgeous boys; never got to personally tell you how much I was thinking about you and your family; never gave you a hug and told you I was praying for you.  And yet I am deeply affected by the news today, of your family’s situation and the horror you are going though.  Jennifer – I’m a mom, too.

I bawled during your press conference when you talked to your superhero Nathan and told him to stay strong.  Actually, I bawled every time I heard about him and your parents on the news.  I know I’m far from the only one.  We are all crying with you.

I have been obsessively following your story, praying hard for a miracle.  I went out of cell phone reception for 3 days and your family was the first thing I looked up when I returned, hoping that in my absence everything had turned around. It hadn’t, and today the news looks bleaker.

I can’t pretend that I understand.  I could never fully understand, could I?  I’m not sure I would ever want to.  But I can imagine.  I’m a mom, too, Jennifer, and I can imagine.  I’m imagining my own boy and the thought of going though what you are, well, it’s the most pain that anyone could inflict.  The biggest horror.  My worst nightmare.  Even the imagining makes me cry, and for me it’s only a scenario.  For you it’s real life.

I know you’re spiritual and love God.  Trust in Him.  Lean on Him now and let Him carry this for you. I don’t know His reasons for this (quite frankly, I think sometimes the things that happen are quite fucked up, indeed) but I know that you need your faith right now.  Lean on your community and your God – they will be strong for you even if you can’t be.

Know that you have an entire country and beyond grieving with you right now.  You’re not alone.  You’re never alone.  In fact, I’d like to personally offer you help in absolutely any way you need it.  A shoulder to cry on, a person to run your errands, someone to distract your kids, just an ear to vent to – call me.  Call me in 6 months, a year, two years when it hits you like a Mack truck because grief is a sneaky bastard that doesn’t fit nicely into the timeframe that you usually get the most support in.  Call me at 2 am when you can’t sleep and you don’t want to bother anyone.  I can never be bothered.  And I know that there’s thousands of people who will echo this, Jennifer.  We’ve got your back here, and we’re not going to let you fall.

Most of all, allow yourself to feel whatever it is you feel.  It looks differently for everyone, and there’s no wrong way.  Be kind and patient to yourself.  And if you can’t? Call me.


UPDATE: This post has gotten massive amounts of love in just a few short hours.  I’m investigating tangible, legitimate ways to contribute to this family and will update here.

UPDATE:  A trust account has been set up at ATB Financial under the name O’Brien Family In Trust.  Donations can be made at any ATB location.  I don’t wish to display the account number here, but the account is held at the Calgary Creekside branch. Out of province donations can be made via email money transfer to





Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Random Shit



267 responses to “To Jennifer O’Brien – The Deepest Sympathies

  1. Miranda

    July 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    A beautifully written sentiment. I’m a mom too, and I agree with every word.


  2. Beverly Duff Simmons

    July 14, 2014 at 5:15 pm


    • Brenda

      July 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you for sharing this video Bev. It brings tears to the eyes and just so stunningly beautiful. I hope that Jennifer and her husband actually get to see this and pray it gives them some kind of comfort.


  3. kellie

    July 14, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I think you took the words out of every Mom’s mouth. This couldn’t have said it better.

    Beautiful letter.


  4. Andrea Campbell

    July 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    We are praying for you and your family .


  5. Shelley Shields

    July 14, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I’m not a Mom, but I have lost both my parents. I know how that feels. We need to remember them in this tragedy too. I’m still praying every day that they find your family well and healthy, but if they don’t, know your parents are looking after your little guy and will be the angels watching over your family in the years to come. God bless you and may He give you strength and peace to help you through this horrific time.


  6. Sylvia Mackey

    July 14, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Please know every parent is thinking and praying for you and your family.


  7. Jeannie

    July 14, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I am horrified by these events. I cried today like it was my own family. Unspeakable, life-shattering horror. 😦


  8. Adrianne

    July 14, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    And I’m crying again. You said it perfectly. I am a mom too. It’s my worst nightmare.


  9. Annie

    July 14, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Took the words right out of my mouth 💔😢


  10. Karin Mellon

    July 14, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I, too, have been sending hopeful thoughts into the universe for the safe return of your family. I do not have words to describe my sympathy for you. May your thoughts soon turn to happy memories. I’ll bet you have many. In the meantime, know there are many out here sharing your pain and grieving the loss of your son’s young soul.


  11. tracey

    July 14, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    My heart hurts so badly for you and your family. I pray for you to have the strength to get through this!


  12. Rozita

    July 14, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Unfortunately, today the last thread of hope was dashed. I hope Jennifer gets to read this and takes your words to heart; because we are all behind her. We are all grieving with her. We are all suffering with the pain…but none like her. I wish we could take that pain and divide it up amongst the thousands of us, so the weight of it all wouldn’t be just on her shoulders. I’m filled with tears each time I think of this family. May God give them all strength. Thanks for your post.


  13. Nicole Nugent

    July 14, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I have been praying for you and your family everyday and will continue to. My thoughts are with you.


  14. Kathy Sawatzky Burgess

    July 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss I don’t know you but I have prayed for you for 2 weeks and will continue. I can’t imagine what you have gone through and still are but I pray that God will lead you where you should go and that he will comfort you every day.


  15. Lindsay

    July 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Beautifully written. Bawling again because of this story. I put myself in the scenario and it doesn’t feel good. I don’t eve r want to feel what this family is going thru.
    Thinking of you , Jennifer, from one mom to another ❤


  16. Megan

    July 14, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Beautifully said, made me tear up. You have the world holding you Jennifer, you and your family for as long as you need us.


  17. Wanda

    July 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Sadly I DO KNOW what you are going thru. I have lost a child too. I don’t know what you are feeling as it is different for each of us and can change in a moments time.. I do know that you don’t want to hear that he is in a better place, because he should be here with you.. I know that you don’t want to hear, be glad you had him for this long, when would anyone choose for their child to die? I do know that you don’t want someone to ask you if things are back to normal…for normal will never return.My heart aches for you and your family and you do have so many people who grieve with and for you


  18. Stacy

    July 14, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    There are no words……. I’m speechless at the events and this tragedy, and as a parent I feel your pain and can imagine the thoughts of ” what if ” in your mind or ” if we did this different”. The loss of your child is absolutely heart breaking, but to lose your parents along side, like I said, there are no words.


  19. Jess

    July 14, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I could not have said this better.
    What a horrific thing to happen to a family. It’s unimaginable and if I try to imagine this scenario as if it were to happen to my family, I feel ill, my heart breaks, I cry. Believe in your faith, may it give you strength.


  20. Tammy

    July 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I have been monitoring this whole investigation since it first started as it affected me so deeply. I prayed so hard for your family to be returned safely. My heart truly aches for each and everyone of you. I… and I am sure many others…wish we could take all your pain away, but its just not possible. Know that many of us truly care… about you today. All of you!! ❤


  21. Teri

    July 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Jennifer and family please also remember with these beautiful words, this was NOT your fault. You did nothing wrong. My deepest sympathies are with you and your family. I will continue to pray for your strength as the days, months and years go on. I am so sorry for your loss.


  22. Maureen Ouellette

    July 14, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Like most people, I really don’t have the words to express just how I feel about what you are going through. Even if someone has also lost a child or grandparents, everyone is different. No one knows exactly what you are going through or how you are managing to deal with it. Hang on to your faith now with all of your might and hang on to your friends while they are near. Don’t let anyone tell you how you should be feeling or when you should be finished grieving. Everyone is different and goes through these things in their own time. When my husband died many years ago now a young man who later married my daughter phone me and said Mom, put your right hand on your left shoulder. And then he said to put my left hand on my right shoulder. Mom hold on, that is my hug for you. Please do this now and whenever you think of it, that is a big hug from me. I don’t know you but I love you. God bless you and keep you in his arms during your time of despair.


  23. Nora Yaghi

    July 14, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I hope you find this one day, Jennifer and Rod. Thinking of you here in Edmonton and offering whatever support I can


  24. Pam Koehn

    July 14, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    You adequately expressed exactly what I have been feeling! I lost my dad suddenly two years ago and it has been a brutal time for me. This scenario really hit home for me because he was a business man abd my son was glued to his hip and often went there for sleepovers. I can not begin to imagine if someone he did business with decided to take him, my mom, and my son! Unfathomable! Love and prayers.


  25. Kim MacKinnon

    July 14, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I’m a mom. And a daughter. I cannot imagine the loss of the entire family without weeping.
    Much love and prayers to all involved.


  26. Michelle Dandeneault

    July 14, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Eloquently put. You’ve echoed my sentiments exactly. I hope this family can feel the love and support this country is pouring out to them.


  27. Sandra Rumbolt

    July 14, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    There are no words to express the sadness in my heart I feel for you and your family, This world has gone crazy and there is no explanation for what happened, it’s not God’s doing nor his will to put his children through this kind of pain. Has I write this I have a message that I feel God is giving me and that message” is that he was right there holding your son and your parents all through their ordeal and he wants you to lean on his shoulder and cry to him and he will never leave or fail you”. You will be reunited with your family one day and what a glorious day that will be. The angels will be singing and the trumpets sounding. I can’t imagine the anguish you are going through and I will be praying for you and your family, for God to give you strength and peace. I am a grandmother and I have my grandkids over for sleep overs and would never have thought something so horrible could happen. I know that everytime I have them now I will make a point of kneeling with my grandkids and saying a prayer in rememberance of your son and your parents. No one should ever have to face anything like this and I await the day Jesus comes back and distroys all the evil in this world forever. May God Bless you.


  28. Tanya

    July 14, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I am a mom in Okotoks and share in this beautifully written sentiment. We are thinking of you and your family and will keep you in our prayers.


  29. shari

    July 14, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I too followed very closely to this tragic event , My heart sunk when i heard the news today, I am a mom of two i can not even begin to think what it would be like to lose one of them. thinking of you and your family from North Battleford,Saskatchewan.


  30. Sandra Grobell

    July 14, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    We feel for your whole family such a tragedy for you all senseless tragedy stay strong for your other sons and your husband as well


  31. Charlotte

    July 14, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Please feel the warm embrace of each & every Heart that embraces your Family in this past, this present and in the time to come….we have Prayed and will continue to surround you with strength.


  32. Katherine

    July 14, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    You took the words out of every mom’s mouth. I too watched in horror, every news press and update. As the days went by I thought about this family more and more. I hugged my girl tighter and longer every minute. As I sit here tonight with tears in my eyes…my heart hurts so much for this family. I hope one day you can find closure. I pray for you and little Nathan. You are living every parents worse nightmare.


  33. Tracee Fraser

    July 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Jennifer and Rod….I won’t even begin to imagine what you are going through. Being a parent also, I grieve with you. I have been and will continue to pray for you and your family. God is taking care of your beautiful son and parents for you until you meet again. Stay strong as a family and don’t be afraid to ask for as much help as you feel you need. You have so many people and the whole city surrounding you with love and compassion.


  34. Krystal Stolk

    July 14, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    My heart has ached for you and your family every day since your sweet little Nathan and your parents have been missing… And my heart aches even more today as we learn the devastating news no one wanted to believe.
    I will continue to pray for you and your family ❤️❤️❤️


  35. Teri Howatt

    July 14, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I don’t even know how to begin. I am so sorry for you and your families losses at this time. I am sorry for our sick and twisted world we live in, it disgusts me. I am a mom of 3 boys …one of them just turned 5. I cannot imagine what you are going through right now, not at all. I grieve and pray for all of you.


  36. Camille

    July 14, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    My heart was crushed by the devastating news today. Like you, I had not given hope that they would be found and all would be a bad nightmare. We grieve for you and your family here in Saskatchewan and WISH you comfort and peace in the memories you have shared.


  37. Amber Nurse

    July 14, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Words cannot explain how sorry I am! My heart breaks for you!


  38. Kelly

    July 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I’m writing from Ottawa, Ontario. We’ve all been following your story in the news all the way out here. My heart broke for you today when I saw that headline. As a mom who has both of her parents, I cannot even fathom what you are going through. We’ve been hoping and praying for you and the rest if your family and we will continue to do so. As the writer above said, you will not fall. We’ve got you.


  39. Teresa Cassetta

    July 14, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Jennifer and family our family has prayed since day one this tragedy occurred. We will continue to surround you with strength and love. All of Calgary and our entire nation is thinking and praying for your family. Stay strong for your other precious children and your husband. Much luv xxxxxxxx


  40. projectjoyful

    July 14, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    These words are the thoughts of every mother! Thank you for beautifully writing this letter! Every mom would be more then willing to offer a shoulder!


  41. Jennifer Dirsa

    July 14, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I agree completely with this, I too feel such sadness and emotions for a woman I’ve never met and all I can say is I will pray for her and the family…..much love and strength to you Jennifer 💗💗💗


  42. Cara M

    July 14, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Have never met you… but have thought of you everyday. Praying for grace, peace and love.


  43. Tiffany Woodland

    July 14, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you to whoever wrote this. It is truly what we have all been thinking and whatever the calgary community can do for the O’Brien family, it will!

    My family is sending so much love to you Jennifer! Words cannot express our sorrow for your loss.


  44. Tracy

    July 14, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Jennifer and family

    I am so sadden by this terrible tradity that u are forced to go though at this time. As sad as it is your super hero is now an angel.. He can’t be with his mommy but he is with the next best thing his grandparents … Sending lots of prayers and love from my family to urs…


  45. Jenn

    July 14, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    As a mother, an aunt and a daughter who has lost her father I can only imagine the pain you and your family are experiencing. I know the pain of losing one parent Nevermind two. I could never fathom the though of losing my child or my neices or nephews. My heart just breaks for you. Every article and update there is on your family I have cried for you and the pain you must be going through. I hope some day there are answers for you. It may bring closure and it may not. But the pain will be something you continue to deal with the rest of your life. For that my heart breaks again for you. You and your family are in my thoughts and in my prayers. My deepest and sincerest condolences go out to you.


  46. Shawna Burant

    July 14, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    I believe this lady has eloquently put what 100% of Canadians are thinking right now. Only Canadian’s can cry and mourn so much for the loss of those they have never met. God bless you Jennifer, you and your family. His strength is around you. Please read the Foot Prints poem. He is carrying you right now, and will for as long as you need him too.


  47. Michele Rooke

    July 14, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Please keep us posted as to how we can help this family. It is just so devastating. My heart breaks for them


  48. Leanne

    July 14, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    My sincere sympathy. I cannot imagine your grief but pray for you and your family. Know that you are in the heart and thoughts of this nation. God bless.


  49. Kristy

    July 14, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Everytime I see your beautiful boys picture, or hear his name spoken by news or people my heart instantly sinks. What this man did was beyond criminal and his punishment should go farther then spending his life behind bars. I too have been obsessively following and praying daily for his safe return. I can’t even begin to imagine what you are going through but like this letter states, you do in every way have a whole country standing behind you. No mother should ever have to live this nightmare and from the bottom of my heart and many others I am so truly deeply sorry this has happened to your family. My heart and millions of others go out to you and your family ❤️


  50. Trina

    July 14, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I am so sorry for your pain. The thought of losing my child is unthinkable, and to not have my parents to lean on through it is just earth shattering. I will continue to hope that someone is found safe and sound and send love to your family as they go through this horrific time.


  51. Christina

    July 14, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Wow. Thank you for saying what I too am feeling. I have shared your letter & hope my friends, and their friends, and so on keep sharing. We are all connected and perhaps this poor family will draw some comfort from this outpouring of support and love.

    Xo, Another Mother


  52. Shannon H

    July 14, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Your letter says everything that is in my heart that I also want to say to Jennifer O’Brien. I can’t even begin to imagine what she and her family are going through right now. Thank you for saying what is in the hearts of not only mothers, but people everywhere. Tonight and every night until they find your son and your parents, I’ll be praying for you, Jennifer. 😪🙏❤️


  53. anon

    July 14, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    this is well written but there is no god. im sorry for your loss. sad what happened.


    • posterella

      July 14, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Your opinion on God and religion isn’t particularly relevant to this post. The family has faith, and I hope it brings them the strength and comfort they will desperately need. In lieu of prayers perhaps you can send some light, love and positive thoughts?


      • Carrie

        July 15, 2014 at 3:06 am

        Same thing really… and her opinions are not the focus of the letter, the sentiment and heartfelt words are what matters, in the end you both have the same opinion re faith. Don’t lose sight of the well meant intention. Love and strength to Jennifer.


    • Syhano

      July 14, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      Seriously dude? What Posterella said …


    • Tyler

      July 14, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      There is a god. U just need to find him



      July 15, 2014 at 12:29 am

      anon, does that stand for anonymous….how do you know there is no GOD


    • Laura Booth

      July 15, 2014 at 12:36 am

      This is NOT the fucken time or the place to be having a god damn debate about if god is real or not. A simple “my thoughts are with you and your family” would have been enough. This tragic evet is NOT about you and what you believe in. it IS however about love and support to the family living everyone’s WORSE nightmare.
      To the family, I would like to apologize for them for being rude. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My heart is breaking for you all.


    • C

      July 15, 2014 at 5:42 am

      That’s your opinion. If those of us who believe can depend on our faith to get us through without going insane, who you to try and take that away by stating there is no God- have some compassion anon. To the family- May your faith bring you peace and comfort in such a horrible horrible loss.


    • cathy

      July 15, 2014 at 6:02 am

      There is a God all u have to do is look & find him and believe in him


    • KitzyKid

      July 15, 2014 at 7:42 am

      It must be great being so superior to everyone that you find it appropriate to make this comment. Seriously, I don’t have faith either, but why would you want to deny this family some semblance of comfort? Because it’s more important to be “right” than to show basic compassion?


    • Shirley

      July 15, 2014 at 7:48 am

      How can you say there is no God! That’s your opinion and right now isn’t the time to think of yourself. It’s about this poor loving family!!


    • Brenda

      July 15, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Attention Moderator………..I feel this “anons” post should be deleted and any arguments that were a reply to it. Totally inappropriate and if the family see’s this it will just add to their pain of yet another heartless person has projected into their lives.


  54. marsha mason

    July 14, 2014 at 10:47 pm


  55. Trish Meyer

    July 14, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Sending prayers and hugs 💔


  56. Rochelle

    July 14, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Thankfully you have the words we all feel.

    The same to Jennifer, if Posterella and the thousands if not millions of other offers can’t be there when you need you can call me as well.

    I’m sending all the strength I have.


  57. neets

    July 14, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Reblogged this on Neets Notes and commented:
    What lovely words to a mother who has lost so much. My prayers are with this family. Please read this post.


  58. Jolene

    July 14, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    My deepest, most sincere sympathy to you and your family, this article is so exactly what would like to say to you too. I can’t even begin to express my sadness for you. I have followed obsessively as well with everyone else, and just prayed and prayed that they would be found safe. I know that words cannot help you but I hope that you can feel the love and prayers of all of us and that somehow, some day that will provide some relief. I will never forget the pictures of your family and your mom and dad, now angels who will always love and protect you. Love from Edmonton, God Bless.


  59. Paula

    July 14, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    What a tragic and devastating loss for this young family…I’ve been watching and waiting for the news they would be found. I was hopeful. I will remain hopeful for you now Jennifer and for your family, that you can get through this…this unimaginable nightmare, your worst nightmare, in one piece. Loss and grief can have a way, as another person mentioned, of sneaking up on you just when you might think you’ve turned a corner, or were able to get out of bed for a few hours, or drag you back to the very beginning of the nightmare, kicking and screaming. I think we all want to build a wall around you, to protect you, to help pick up the pieces of your heart and hand them to you when you’re ready. I truly hope Jennifer, that you take any of us up on our offers to help you get through this. Please do. Let us help. God bless you. God bless you. God bless you.


  60. Sunshine Faerie

    July 14, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    You’ve said what every mother is feeling tonight — and has been feeling the past few weeks. I too send my love to you all.


  61. CIndy

    July 14, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    My thoughts and prays are with you and your family through this horrific trying time, may god be with you.

    Another mom who cares


  62. Cathy

    July 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are sent to you and your family


  63. alexvachon

    July 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    You have been able to express the words that many around this cruel world are thinking. I, also, am a mother, and have been following and praying for this family since the news 2 weeks ago today. Our hearts, and the hearts of our entire nation are broken along with this family. Such sad sad news, love and prayers being sent from the world to the O’Brien/Liknes family. God Bless. <|3


  64. cathy

    July 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Wonderful words.

    The poor DAD.

    What hell he is going thru as well.


    • Kerry

      July 15, 2014 at 12:59 am

      Thank you — Thank you for saying this! My heart aches for the father as much as the mother. He too is suffering a great loss and we need to recognize this! And to the siblings of Jennifer that also lost their parents … I am sorry for your loss as well. To all the friends and family affected by this … My prayers are with you all!


  65. The McNeills

    July 14, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    There are no words to describe how terribly devastated we are for your losses. Please know our family has been following your story, and praying for you all, and will continue to. Our hearts are broken for your family. May God bring you some comfort in the terrible days ahead. In our thoughts and prayers, truly.


  66. Sonja

    July 14, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Jennifer – what has happened to your family is an inconceivable tragedy. My heart hurts so much for your family. Day after day I have thought of you and your family … Prayed for Nathan and your parents. I will forever carry an imprint in my memories of your sweet little boys’ smile. My most sincere and heartfelt condolences.


  67. Kim

    July 14, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to you and your family ❤️


  68. Lori Bressler

    July 14, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I have been following this story from day one. I also have never met you or your family. My heart breaks for you I can’t begin to imagine what your family is feeling. Seeing you and your husband on TV the pain in your eyes it made me cry losing a child is the most devasting thing a parent can go through. My wish is that they find your family and bring them home to both of you. I believe that Nathan and your parents have angels watching over them till their found. Please take care and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.


  69. Bridget Zacharias

    July 14, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    My sincere condolences to the entire family. I pray for Nathan’s young siblings and hope that they are showered with love during this, what must be confusing time for them. I also hope that the parents have the support they need with childcare, etc so they can grieve. I will never forget the smiling faces in the photos on the news. Peace be with you all.


  70. Sarah

    July 14, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Sending love and light to the you and your family Jennifer. It’s hard to find words to describe how I am feeling but this post sums it up very well. You are in our prayers sister.


  71. Krystal Goldstraw

    July 14, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks for writing this. My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this sad time. From another mom who cares from Australia.


  72. Diane Lee

    July 14, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    I cannot even begin to imagine this awful situation ! Condolences to all the family this is one of the saddest stories I have followed in my life ! Both parents my heart goes out to you both I cannot imagine WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH I do know the tears we all share with you! I wish you strength to get you both through this horrible situation! O’Brien/Liknes family forever in our thoughts prayers and hearts


  73. Tammylee

    July 14, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    May God be your strength right now !!! Yr in our prayers. Stay strong somehow !!!


  74. Joy

    July 14, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    This letter says it all… My son went missing, well he wasn’t missing he snuck off to friends house, but I couldn’t find him for almost 2 hours and I felt sick to my stomach. Thank god we finally found him but if I felt that way after 2 hours, I can only imagine what I would feel like in this families shoes… Anyway I can help and I will.. My thoughts and prayers go out to this family and they have all my hugs and love… Thank you for this letter as you said what everyone is feeling… God bless!


  75. amanda

    July 14, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I have literally been crying all day about this situation. This is my worst nightmare, it keeps me up almost every night. I too have been following this story faithfully, hoping for the best. Hoping that something good will happen soon. As hard as this is for the mother, its going to be just as hard for the father and the siblings. I wish I could take all of their pain away. I want to hold each and every one of them close and tell them its going to be alright. I’m sorry I cant. Keep strong as a family, its going to be a hard go for a while, but take comfort in eachother. Know that we are all behind you, we all love you and we will all be here to guide your heart back to healing. I’m very sorry, I wish there was more that any of us could do. Be safe.


  76. Tracy

    July 14, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    My heart breaks for you and your family May God’s love hold you close .


  77. Kelly

    July 14, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    There are no words to describe the disgust I have for the waste of skin who did this to your family. I am so sorry this happened to you and your family. I know they are just words but they come from the deepest part of my heart and I as many feel completely defeated. I followed the news more in the last 2 weeks than I ever have in my entire life in hopes that they would find everybody safe and sound. My prayers and deepest sympathies are with you and your family :,(


  78. Laura Rau

    July 14, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Support and strength being sent to you and your family. ❤ ❤ ❤ From the Rau family.


  79. Roseann

    July 14, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Jennifer, Rob, boys & family
    Words can never express my dearest heart felt condolences for all of you.
    It’s a parents worst nightmare to loose a child, but the way it happened to you is unimaginable.
    Such a loss with your parents as well.
    My dear god what you are going through at this time I just can’t stop sending you all the love and strength to you at this horrifying time.
    I too have prayed for you all and will continue to. I so wish I could do more.
    Bless you all.
    A mom from Ponoka AB


    • Shelley

      July 15, 2014 at 12:04 am

      I am so sorry for what you are going through at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, god bless you all. Xox


  80. Roberta Wasylishen

    July 14, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    We can’t even begin to imagine the tremendous heartache you and your family are enduring during this tragic time. Our hearts collectively ache along side of you, we shed tears from all corners of the country, and your family is constantly in our thoughts. We hope to help provide strength and unconditional support to you and your family in the days ahead.


    • tammy

      July 15, 2014 at 12:52 am

      first of all our hearts and prayers go out to everyone in the Liknes/O’Brien family, but now it is time for our great country to make some changes to the laws and bring back the death penalty especially when a child is involved, so we ask everyone who as been affected by this to start a petition to bring back the death penalty for anyone who murders a child,if we all stand together maybe these child murderers will re think there evil ways even though Nathan was at the wrong place at the wrong time this a hole had other options and maybe if we can we can collectively change the laws as to “make Nathans Law” where if you murder a child and are found guilty you should no longer be on this earth, since they can take a innocent child . please share your views. may God ,Jesus and the mother Mary be with you…..


  81. Donna

    July 15, 2014 at 12:10 am

    To BOTH the Parents , I won’t pretend to know what you’re going through because I don’t. I to am a single Mom for 12years now, my boys are ” my everything” . This is a parents nightmare turned into a reality, I could not be more devastated for you both. I have studied the faces of your parents and Nathan in hopes that I would see them somewhere, because that’s what I would want people to do for me. When I heard the news today my heart sank, I didn’t want to believe the story was going to end this way. I have cried for you both and I don’t even know you, but I am a Mom and that’s all that I need to know, I am so very , very sorry that this has happened to you. I will continue to pray for your family . Take care , God Bless you All.


  82. Prakash Chandra

    July 15, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Very sad & devastating news about this young Hero and his grandparents. This is a monster who has done some much and lasting damage to this family, community and country at large. My family join me in sending a very warm heartfelt condolences to you. Be strong we will overcome at this. Prakash Chandra & family, Abbotsford, BC.


  83. jeremy salamandyk

    July 15, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Thoughts and prayers jennifer and family on finding your parents and son.

    Rodeo cowboy from bc


  84. Bev

    July 15, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Jennifer and family. Condolences to you all. I feel for you as I have a nephew who is 4 and friends who have children that are 5. The waiting game of news from the police to know if your son and his grandparents are alive is so very tough, draining and exhausting. Then to find out the worst news ever is so very heartbreaking and devastating. Hold on to the precious memories of them all and your faith to get you through this!!! Will uphold you all in our prayers. Edmontonians Care


  85. Sveetshz

    July 15, 2014 at 12:51 am

    I sincerely reciprocate every single word on this post…..

    No words can express how broken and helpless I feel at the moment….

    God bless the family and shower his mercy….


  86. Ashley

    July 15, 2014 at 12:54 am

    To the O’brien family

    Nothing anyone will say can make anything that is happening change, or be easier. But like others have said, you have more than just a country behind you all. This is the most unimaginable scenario anyone could imagine, but it is your reality. From a mother of a boy close to his age, my heart breaks for you all. If that happened to me I know I would just die. But you have to be strong, it will be the hardest time of your life, but if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. Every day my friends and I at college talk about you all and pray that they will be found. We will continue to pray for a miracle. Faith is all we have to lean on at this time. So we will continue to pray so intensely for you.
    From a mother in kamloops b.c.


  87. Verna Blondeau

    July 15, 2014 at 1:12 am

    A nation mourns in your profound loss…we all hoped and prayed the outcome would be different….I will not pretend to know the nightmare u and your family are going thru at this time…please take comfort in knowing this whole country is embracing you and yours and is mourning your loss…


  88. abcbou

    July 15, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Your offer of support brings me to tears, as I speak from personal experience on the grief timeline issue! The absolute mist difficult time of grieving happens between 12am and 7am…when it’s the hardest to reach out; and then when you finally try to and nobody answers their phone because everyone assumes “someone else” will. Also, by the time the shock starts to turn into the chaotic mixture of horrid emotions, usually most people have maxed out their leave and returned home – not because they want to, but because that’s how life works. THAT is when the grieving need the greatest support! I know Jennifer doesn’t know most of the thousands of people offering support….but if there is any way that we can reach out to her in some tangible way PLEASE email me and count me in and feel free to email me. I’m up for the bleakest hours AND I am a social worker who has worked on crisis lines and as a counsellor. Please keep me in the loop if anyone starts any kind of support list!


  89. Kristin

    July 15, 2014 at 1:16 am

    I am so sorry to hear this news. All my thoughts and love are with you, Jennifer. My son is my everything. This is devastating. Please take care and give your boys love from all of us.

    Calgarian family, living in ireland


  90. Val

    July 15, 2014 at 1:35 am

    This is so well written, Jennifer please know the I am one among many that have you and your family in my prayers and heart.
    Val S, Calgary


  91. Donna

    July 15, 2014 at 1:45 am

    We think of you and your family every day and we feel so very very sad for all of you…. Stay blessed


  92. Maryann

    July 15, 2014 at 2:38 am

    Deepest sympathy sent to u & ur family, I myself have been following this from the first day I heard of ur boy & parents. Everyday I’ve checked Calgary news for updates, such a sad day, god is with u trust in him. Paradise, Newfoundland


  93. Louisiana Rios-Scott

    July 15, 2014 at 3:04 am

    May God comfort you and your family during this nightmare of a time and for the rest of your lives. Our family sends our condolences. Strangers all over ache with you and for you all. I’m so sorry this happened.


  94. linzee

    July 15, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Very well said 💚


  95. Empathetic soul

    July 15, 2014 at 4:52 am

    I pray Angels wrap their arms around your soul and hold you tight during this horrific time. Mothers around the globe stand by you with loving thoughts, prayers, shoulders… We are here with you and your family.
    xo – Winnipeg mom


  96. Lindy P.

    July 15, 2014 at 5:14 am

    I don’t even know how to express the sadness I felt today and how my heart broke for you and your family.
    And all I would like to say is I’m sending you prayers for strength, hope & faith to carry you.
    With all my heart, please accept my deepest condolences today, tomorrow and always.


  97. Noreen

    July 15, 2014 at 5:14 am

    God allowed humans the gift of thought. With that gift comes responsibility. This was a choice made by someone and not directed by our Creator.


  98. Rose Mydynski

    July 15, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Thank you for saying this as it is exactly my feeling for this family also!! Please know that I too am praying for you and your family during this horrific situation!! Be strong and stay with The Lord as HE is our comfort!!


  99. Sheri

    July 15, 2014 at 5:52 am

    This express everything most of us are feeling right now. My heart aches for this family. To lose your child this way is unimaginable, and to lose your parents as well is beyond comprehension. I’m not sure if it helps but so many people care about you guys and are thinking and praying for you.


  100. Lynn Hemming

    July 15, 2014 at 6:15 am

    The writer of this article expressed with so many of us are feeling. I too have cried over your situation and yesterday, the first day of a family holiday, I found myself weeping and weeping for your loss. No one who has a heart cannot be touched by such loss. The hope is that as we collectively grieve over such a personal loss, you might be reminded of the good in the world, the love and prayers being sent your way, even in the midst of such unspeakable evil.


  101. Kristin D

    July 15, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Thank you putting my feelings into words. Please keep us posted on anything tangible we can do to help this family through their darkest time. My prayers are with them.
    -Calgary Mom of 2 boys


  102. Brenda Andrie

    July 15, 2014 at 6:32 am

    My heart…. Thoughts… Prayers go out to you and your family……. May GOD wrap you in his loving embrace and hold you all at this the most difficult part of your life!!!!!


  103. Julie

    July 15, 2014 at 6:34 am

    My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to you and your family ❤️
    My heart is breaking for you and your family, I wish for you to find the strength to get through this. To fined the strength to help your lil boys get through this as well. God bless you and your family the through this tragic time. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your Family. Stay strong and be a great mom to your lil boys they need you now as well!
    Prayers and hugs ❤


  104. Wendy Whelan

    July 15, 2014 at 6:36 am

    ~ I broke down and cried when I heard the news yesterday that myself and the whole nation didn’t want to hear. I am so sorry for the whole family…..words cannot begin to express. Stay strong for your other two boys. My prayers are with you.


  105. Terra Posyluzny

    July 15, 2014 at 6:49 am

    My heart breaks for your loss. Every mom I know is devastated for you, Jennifer, and your children were blessed with loving grandparents. Just know that Nathan loves you. Sincere sympathy from a mom from Innisfail, Alberta


  106. Marion

    July 15, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family with much LOVE and LIGHT and HUGS, Marion & Family , Alberta, Canada


  107. Jennifer Staples Prosper

    July 15, 2014 at 7:15 am

    You read my mind. Much love and light to You. To Jennifer. To Everyone. Anything. Anytime. BIG love from Newfoundland. xo


  108. Carah

    July 15, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I have also been thinking of you and your family, praying for you, hoping for you, crying with you and feeling anger and frustration on your behalf!! As mom’s the moment our angels come into this world we feel more deeply than ever before, we have grown, nurtured and cared for these amazing little lives and they become the center of our universe! Know that you and your family are continually in our families prayers, you are not alone!


  109. Amy

    July 15, 2014 at 7:30 am

    I too echo these sentiments. I am also a mom and I can’t even imagine the heartache you are feeling. I will continue to pray for you and your family. For peace, for strength and whatever else you need to get through these days.


  110. Erin

    July 15, 2014 at 7:44 am

    From the second my son was born, even when he was the size of a poppy seed inside me, I began to worry. I worry every day that he could be taken away from me and I worry that I would never be able to get over that. There are no words- I can’t find the words to express my sympathy for Jennifer and Rod and their families. I hope with everything that I am that they can find peace and strength for their other boys. You guys have so much support.


  111. Nancy Pastuck

    July 15, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I watches the news everyday here in Cape Breton and prayed for the return of you son and parents. I am a grandparent of a 5 year old boy and I can’t imagine what your parents were feeling. I cried every time I say news reports and my heart is broken with the outcome of such a tragic situation. May your love of him stay in your hearts forever. My deepest condolences.


  112. Leanne

    July 15, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I know what it’s like to have hope fail and to face the awful truth your child is gone. My sympathies to you in this terrible loss and senseless tragedy. May you find strength to endure your broken hearts, and comfort in the words of strangers who would undo the wrong in this world if any of us could…


  113. Shirley

    July 15, 2014 at 8:01 am

    My heart is heavy and so saddened for your loss. The lady who wrote the blog has done a remarkable job with what we as parents all feel. I never want to go through this and if in any way even from a distance there is something I can do please let me know. I had been praying endlessly and hoping for good news. My stomach sunk when I heard the news yesterday. My love and prayers are sent to you and your families and friends at this time. May you find help from our Lord for some sort of comfort. I know easier said then done right now, and that’s perfectly understandable. The pictures are embedded in my mind and heart and I will always think of you and say a prayer. I am truly sorry for your loss.

    Love and Prayers,

    Shirley from Kingston N.S.


  114. kristibusque

    July 15, 2014 at 8:02 am

    My heart aches for this family; your post conveys everything I am also feeling.


  115. Janus Forbes

    July 15, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I can’t begin to imagine your pain and feelings of loss for your handsome son and parents.I can only send my love, prayers and deepest sympathy.


  116. Kristine

    July 15, 2014 at 8:08 am

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless your family always and at this extremely difficult time. ❤️


  117. Jenn

    July 15, 2014 at 8:09 am

    These are my thoughts exactly~ as a mom of 3 boys my heart goes out to little Nathan’s mom!!!! We think and pray for you each day!


  118. Lisa

    July 15, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Like you, I have looked into ways to help Jennifer and Rod and family. Check out gofundme. Or perhaps ATB can set up a donation fund? I know money can’t change this tragedy but it will help as this family embarks on a road of heartache and healing. Let me know if I can help set up a way to support the family that has us all weeping with love.

    Thank you for writing this post. Xoxo


  119. Naomi

    July 15, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Amazing post! I too am a mom of 2 little boys and I am in tears as I write this because I can’t begin to imagine what that family is feeling. I too was so hopeful that this would end positively and be nothing more than a bad dream for this family. Thoughts and prayers go out to you all.


  120. Lana

    July 15, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I realize the sentiment behind this email. A desperate heart wanting to help. But as someone who has lost someone in a desperately tragic way as well, this note is hard to read. You must understand that a person grieving does not want another thing to do. “Call me”. She won’t. I didn’t. I couldn’t find anywhere in my brain to store that info. It just gave me another thing to remember. I had grace when people said that to me, but I also thought, ‘but you don’t understand’. Do you know what was helpful? Just doing it. I’m not going to think through my list of needs and then call people to help. I’m grieving. She is grieving. Do you know what she needs? Someone to just do it. To just mow her lawn. To send over a housekeeper. To drop off meals. Please don’t make her think this through. It makes you feel better to say it, but it heaps guilt and pressure on her. Just take care of it. Or find someone who will. And if she doesn’t want it? Do not, I repeat, do not be offended. This is not yours to grieve. So try again another time. Maybe with something different. But please do not offer her to call you. You don’t realize the weight of those words on someone grieving.


    • Brenda

      July 15, 2014 at 10:01 am

      God Bless you Lana! Well said!


  121. Janey

    July 15, 2014 at 8:33 am

    So very sorry for your huge loss
    Words can never explain the sadness my heart holds for you and your family.
    Love from Vancouver Island BC


  122. posterella

    July 15, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Thank you for sharing your experience, Lana. I am sorry for your loss.
    Unfortunately I don’t have any way of contacting her directly, but I certainly don’t intend on adding more burden.


  123. Joan Chambers

    July 15, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Thinking of you all


  124. Marianne Grieman

    July 15, 2014 at 8:42 am

    My heart cries for this family. Such a horrendous loss . I was praying that it would be a different outcome and so sad that it wasnt. Hopefully now they can be found so they can all be layed to rest. XOXOXO


  125. Jackie

    July 15, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I couldn’t have said it better.
    This whole situation makes me suck to my stomach. When I see it on the news or social media, when i hear it on the radio, when i think about it, there is that familiar flip-flop sinking feeling in my gut. None of us can truly understand what you and your family are going through, Jennifer, but we are here to support you. We are here to listen, to grieve, to try to help. Please don’t think you are ever alone. Stay strong. Much love and support to you, your husband, and your sweet boys.


  126. Janell Packer

    July 15, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I couldn’t have said this any better myself. We have all shed tears for this family. No mother should have to mourn for her child over a situation like this it is completely heartbreaking. I’m on board to help in anyway possible. Love and prayers to all affected. Xoxo


  127. Wendy

    July 15, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Hugs to you and your family, may you see your precious boy in all the memories that you created in his short time with you, may the messages offer you a small amount of comfort


  128. Gen

    July 15, 2014 at 8:50 am

    My Prayers and thoughts are with the family May you find the strength in God that you need to get through this and We are all here for you and your family .


  129. Lindsay P

    July 15, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I too am a mom and hearing your story and looking at my own baby—my heart breaks in pieces for you and your family. No one should ever have to go through this. So much has been lost, so fast. Keep your faith, family and friends near and lean on them to find some sort of relief. God bless you and your family. You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers.


  130. Virginia Weitzel

    July 15, 2014 at 8:58 am

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the darkest moments of your life, may God wrap his arms around you and help you through this sad sad time. ❤
    My thoughts and prayer be with you always.❤
    Sending you all my strength to help you through this difficult time❤


  131. Tamara

    July 15, 2014 at 9:01 am

    You expressed a lot of what I’m feeling. This is an terribly sad time. Jennifer — my thoughts and prayers are with your family constantly.


  132. stephanie skinner

    July 15, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Thank you for putting how we feel in words. I bawled reading this also my mother to. As i am a new mom and cannot fathom how she is going through this so strongly i would loose my mind. Please let me know how i can help!


  133. Irene

    July 15, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Rod, Jennifer and family; A nation is heartbroken along with you. You are not alone in your grief as we are grieving too. our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to you. Cherish the love in your heart for that never goes away. Keep talking to Alvin, Kathy and Nathan for they do hear you. May God keep you and give you strength at this time.


  134. Heather

    July 15, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Sending you hugs.
    Stay strong


  135. shelley O'Neil

    July 15, 2014 at 9:14 am

    So so sorry, my heart goes out to you..I pray for God to give you and your family strength to hold on and please know that we all are feeling your pain. I lost a son I know what it’s like. Hang on you will get through this. Shelley O’Neil.


  136. kelsey

    July 15, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I held my daughter’s close as I heard the news our thoughts and prayers go out to to your family! Winnipeg, Manitoba


  137. Jen Rickard

    July 15, 2014 at 9:16 am

    This is beautifully wrote ! I am not a parent but I am an aunt to 2 beautiful children and I can’t imagine my life without them !! My heart breaks for you and your family !! My deepest and heartfelt sorrow for you and your family !! All my love thoughts and prayers to you and your family!!


  138. cindy shaw

    July 15, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Hi Jennifer. I am a Red Deer mom who also feels helpless and wishes I could do something/anything to give you some peace. A nation mourns with you on this sad day, and my eyes are so full of tears that I can’t even continue to read all of the love and prayers that people have sent you. I am hoping the police are still wrong, and that God will help to find your family. In what universe is it o.k. to take a healthy, happy 5 year old from his family for no reason…..because whatever has happened…..there is NO reason to take it out on a child. God Bless and we will keep asking for answers….


  139. Clare

    July 15, 2014 at 9:21 am

    My deepest condolences to you and your family on this sad day!! All of our prayers and blessings go out you!xoxo

    The Campbell’s


  140. Amber

    July 15, 2014 at 9:24 am

    My thoughts and prayers be strong and hug those boys everyday


  141. Heidi Bergeron

    July 15, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I’m glad someone said this out loud because I can’t speak or write about it yet… its too much. Thanks for putting it out there. We are all feeling exactly the same way.


  142. Kerry

    July 15, 2014 at 9:39 am

    We’re praying for you all at this tragic time in your lives. I can feel your pain & know what you are going thru as I have also lost a child, my only child. Even that does not compare to your sadness in losing 3 loved ones. Time does not heal the heart but when you can…celebrate them …everyday… for the gift of having them in your life….remember them with love…. they are still with you. Three more Guardian Angels…you are not alone. Condolences from my family to yours.


  143. Tara S

    July 15, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Thank you for putting into words what I feel and have been feeling for the last 16 days. I wake up thinking of this family every day. My heart is broken for them, I send them love and prayers through this unbelievably difficult time. Being a mom as well, it makes my heart ache every time I think of this beautiful family and what they are going through. I pray for comfort for them in some unimaginable way. This whole country is grieving with you and for you. ❤


  144. Laura Ponka

    July 15, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I ache and grieve as well, as a mom and as a fellow human being who sometimes struggles with the tragedies of our world. This is so incredibly difficult to follow, but somehow I feel I must, in some way hoping that if I grieve it might somehow ease the pain of this family. I truly wish that my own pain could somehow lift your pain, that we can all shoulder it to make it manageable. I know that it can’t really, at least not today, but know that many many people are aching for you and will do just about anything to help. At the very least please know that, though we cannot fathom what you are going through, many many of us are attempting to send you strength to cope with your situation.


  145. Louise

    July 15, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Very well Said!! The world needs more people like you to reach out and help a stranger heal!! To anyone that has anything negative to say (seen a few) Keep those negative comments to yourself! Now is NOT the time!


  146. Pam

    July 15, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Whoa, whoa. This letter was written with good intentions no doubt. Probably cathartic for the writer, but very intense for public consumption, much less for the O’Brien family. Allow this mom and dad time and space. Time. Space. For their grief and healing — not for others’ well-meaning ideas — to be at the forefront. Strangers saying, “Let me know how I can help.” Really? The universe is caring for this family the way it always does, through the people closest to them. Public speculation and discussion of a family’s deep grief is borderline inappropriate. Oh, and p.s. – when you ask the brokenhearted to come up with some way for you to help them, you are not helping them, you are helping you.


  147. Lois Ryder

    July 15, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Heavenly Father wrap your arms around this hurting family, comfort them, let them know others care and this country is grieving with them. You can do anything through Christ Jesus who gives you strength.I’m so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you, from Nova Scotia, canada


  148. Dorothy Bagan

    July 15, 2014 at 9:53 am

    There are no words that can express your loss! Just know that my prayers and thoughts
    are with you and your family. God Bless you all!


  149. Chelsea Tolton

    July 15, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Thank you for writing this, this puts many overwhelming feelings and emotions into words. No one should ever have to endure this. I know I cannot fathom what Jennifer and Rod and their family are feeling right now. Please message me if I can help contribute to a plan to help the O’brien family. I want to do all that I can.


  150. Cindy K

    July 15, 2014 at 10:15 am

    As a mom, my heart is absolutely breaking for you and your family. You are the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think about before I go to bed at night. I have a little boy about the same age as Nathan. I can’t imagine. I’m just so sorry.


  151. Rhonda

    July 15, 2014 at 10:20 am

    My heart is breaking for you, and your family. I cannot imagine what you’re going through. No one can. But I want you to know that there are complete strangers that are mourning for you, thinking of you, crying for you, and praying for you.


  152. Joceli

    July 15, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Thank you for writing my thoughts!

    I can only being to imagine this pain. I will continue to pray for Jennifer and her family, and hope that they can heal and someday remember only the good things about their loved ones, forgetting all this horror. May God help them heal. Please keep us updated on what you find, we would love to help somehow.
    – A mother of one –


  153. Kelly

    July 15, 2014 at 10:28 am

    This is so well written, and speaks to everyone I am sure. Thank-you for putting into words how we all feel. Please keep posting on anyway we can help this family out. My heart breaks for them.


  154. Kimberly

    July 15, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Hello Jennifer.
    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.
    I remember when my 3 boys were really small and I was sick worrying of something like this happening to them. I told my dad that I would want to die myself is something were to happen to one of them. What my dad told me gave me comfort and hopefully it will give you a bit of comfort also. My dad said “They aren’t yours. They are Gods children, on loan to you for a little while.” Nathan is with his Father in heaven now, safe and loved. I believe Jesus was holding him in his arms when this horrific crime took place. There is a wonderful book I recommend called heaven is for real. They have made it into a movie and is at the theaters now. The little boy died and went to heaven and came back to tell of it. He said that while he was in the operating room and was scared, Jesus was holding him in his arms and he had the angels sing for him to make him feel safe. One message he especially wanted to make known from his experience is that Jesus loves the children.
    God bless you and your family. May you find some kind of peace during this very difficult time.
    You are in our thoughts and daily prayers.


  155. Patricia

    July 15, 2014 at 10:41 am

    What has happened to your family is truly unfathomable. It is difficult enough to let go of a family member and especially difficult when you are not expecting them to leave you. I am extending my love, prayers and sympathy and hope you can find some comfort for you and your family in the coming weeks.


  156. Bernadette

    July 15, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Incomprehensible. I echo the thoughts and prayers of others across the country, we have your back!


  157. Kim

    July 15, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Jennifer, I have prayed and continue to pray for you and your family, I have cried for you and your family. My heart breaks for you all. May God hold your hearts and give you strength. Loving hugs from our family to yours.


  158. mary

    July 15, 2014 at 10:50 am

    There is a hole in all our hearts right now. We will never be able to make this better but just know we are all here for you in any way we can.


  159. Also a Mom

    July 15, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Beyond heartbreaking. We stand with the O’Briens in their grief and we will continue to stand with you. I hope it gives you some degree of comfort knowing others are thinking of you.


  160. Lila McGovern

    July 15, 2014 at 10:54 am

    My heart & prayers goes out to this family & the terrible time they have endured in this past two weeks. May they find strength from within to help carry them through this most difficult time ahead of them. My Prayers are with all of the families involved. May God give you strength.



    July 15, 2014 at 10:57 am

    No words can express the feelings of sadness that I feel for the family. My family and I have prayed and thought of you every day. Our sincere sympathy! God bless all of you.


  162. Sarah

    July 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Thank you for sharing this, it is well written. Like so many of us who do not know this family, I also feel the urge to write to Jennifer and let her know how much our hearts break for her, and how deeply affected we are by this horrific act of evil. One comment with regards to this letter – I don’t believe the evil actions of this man are part of God’s plan; this is the downside to the free will we humans were given by Him. God is with the three victims of this evil act, as well as with Jennifer and her family.


  163. Erin Ebben Neufeld

    July 15, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Dear Jennifer and family, you are living my greatest fear and I know as I sit here the tears in my eyes and the despair in my heart are nothing compared to the reality you are living. I can’t imagine trying to be strong in this time, Please allow all of us who are only imagining your pain to help you find strength. Allow yourself the grief you deserve but know that there are moms and dads and daughters and sons and brothers and sisters all over this country who standing with you, our hearts wide open to help you get through this.


  164. Natalie

    July 15, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I’m a mom too who has wept for this family and can’t even fathom what they are going through. I have woken in the middle of the night to pray, feeling God proding me to do so. I prayed for a miracle, because I have seen Him do them before. I don’t understand this but I know that there is evil in this world and people do horrible things because they have the free will to choose to do them. My family will continue to pray for Jennifer and her family. I hope knowing that so many care and support her will give her a small measure of comfort.


  165. Sheila Butland

    July 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I am a Mom also and I have cried every day since this senseless tragedy happened. I prayed so hard for the return of your loved ones. We have no,idea why God allows these things to happen. Yet we trust in Him daily to take care of us. I don’t know you but from the media we learned that your faith is strong. Hold on to that faith. When The Lord takes a loved one away He leaves behind precious memories. Hold on to those memories as you face the days, months and years ahead. God bless and take good care of all of you as you go through this terrible tragedy. Our deepest sympathy to all of you from our Newfoundland.


  166. Judy Malley

    July 15, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    May God bless you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


  167. Susan

    July 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    My heart goes out to the Family of little Nathan. This is something no one should ever have to go through. I have 2 grown boys of my own and 4 grandsons and know how much this is hurting. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends.


  168. Michelle Jamael

    July 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    We are all crying with you:( Your family is in our prayers.


  169. John Ens

    July 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I humbly believe that as a nation, we all, prayed for the safe return of your family. We all grieve for your loss, not because as a Country we know your precious family, but because you could be any one of us precious families. It’s our collective vulnerability that joins our family to yours, and leaves us all damaged and hurt. We will continue to pray for you. Saddened


  170. Carla Dufault

    July 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Our heart felt condolences going out to you and your family at this time of need.. So sorry to hear.. Big hugs to your family!!!


  171. Alison

    July 15, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    May God be with all of you throughout this difficult devastating time! You are not alone lots of people have been affected by this whether its calgarians or just people from all over the world. But you have so much love and support and prayers coming your way!! Look up at the sky tonight to see how much people care. We are all so deeply sad and heart broken for you and your families!! May God Bless each and every one of you and may he put his arms around to help you find peace and to carry you all through this.


  172. Eileen Grewinski

    July 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    The world is a sadder place today my prayers are your family


  173. LDB

    July 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Heavenly Father,
    Our hearts are broken, as we know yours is as well. The evil that is in our world is real, it is destructive, and it is so far from your character. You cry with us today, you hold us, you comfort us with your love. You embody the father heart, and you grieve over the loss of your precious children. I ask that you surround this family in every way, that you would bring communities together to support them, to love them, and to carry them through.


  174. Judy Clark

    July 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I am sorry, I too prayed for a different happy ending. I am Canadian, and live in Nicaragua. I have been watching from afar and crying along with the Nation. I really don’t know how a parent gets through this, and unfortunately you are having to go through through it your way, the only way you can. I have children and grandchildren and have cried many tears for your Nathan, such a beautiful soul.


  175. Carol

    July 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I am so sorry


  176. tealtomato

    July 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I love that your faith is a support in a time like this. Please know that even the non-religious are here for you as well. Coming from Christianity and now an atheist, my heart and compassion has only increased for those that are in pain and experience loss. My thoughts are with you; hugs to you!


  177. Kelli Higginbotham

    July 15, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    To Jennifer and the entirety of your family. I feel the exact same way this lady does except for not having children of my own. We have never met or spoke to each other but I am willing to be there in any way I can also. I am just a short ride away in Red Deer. Please
    contact me if you need anything at all


  178. CeCe Pompana

    July 15, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I may not be mother, but this has made me cry and feel heartache for her and her family. But I must add that I cannot imagine the pain and suffering she and her family must be and will go through. Love light and prayers to her and her family.♡♡♡


  179. opheliajm

    July 15, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    God bless your family and I hope he gives you strength to make your way through this horrific nightmare. Our love and hearts are sent out to you in your sorrow, please know that we prayed they would be returned safely, I even drove the country roads north of Panorama, where I live, to see if I could see anything. There is a psychic/medium in Edmonton named Carmel Joy Baird, and I wonder if she could pick up on anything, as to where they might be. It wouldn’t hurt. She apparently is amazing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. KJS and family


  180. Jennifer

    July 15, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I am so sorry Jenn that this has happened to u😞😞 my heart is bleeding for you and your family💔💔
    I am still trying to stay positive…. I know I don’t know your family but I am so broken to hear about this. I have been following the news on TV and Facebook for results hoping and praying that your little boy and his grandparents show up…. I know that it hard to be positive but all u can do is do the best u can. I will be burning a candle tonight for your son and his grand parents. As I am not in Calgary other wise I would be there for support. I am sorry. God bless u all.


  181. Duane Weinkauf

    July 15, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your family , my thoughts and prayers will always be with u.


  182. Leanne

    July 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I too am a mom and this has hit me so hard. I leave my daughter with my parents daily when I go to work. You think that your child is safe as they are with your parents and that is the safest place they can be when you are not with them. This just proves that there truely is no 100% safe place for your children and that is the hardest thing to wrap your head around. My heart breaks for Jennifer and her husband and their other children as well. I am a believer in God and that he does everything for a reason, but times like this make me wonder how he could be so cruel and take away someone so young and who had such a bright future ahead of him. I just hope they find him and his grandparents so that the family can try to heal and make sense out of this horrible senseless tragedy. May god watch over them and the surviving family members.


  183. Meagan Yancey

    July 15, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts.


  184. Sabrina fleury

    July 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I’m so so sorry for your loss my friend…
    I prayed for you And your family every day.
    I can’t even amagin the pain your going through.
    But you don’t fight alone with this long life battle.
    You have family n friend support all over Canada.
    God bless you.


  185. Jennifer

    July 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    My heart breaks for your family… many times a day I eagerly awaited an update saying that your little boy was returned to you and that all were safe. So often my own parent’s take care of my children… Grandma & Grandpa’s house is the best place around. When I wake up at night, your family is the first thing on my mind. During the day, these thoughts are never far away… I can’t imagine how you’re surviving. I’m praying for you and asking our Heavenly Father to surround you and comfort you as He alone can. Why and how? I don’t know if you’ll ever receive the answer in this life, but in Heaven God will wipe away all those tears. Maybe in some ways Nathan is lucky, to already be in the presence of Jesus… no more pain or sorrow ever to come his way again. Stay strong dear family, even when you feel like you can’t go on. We are supporting you in prayer! I wish I could do more… I wish I knew you personally and could drop by a meal in the next weeks or take the boys to the park, but in the mean time, I will pray. The members in our church are praying too!
    “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1


    • Janet Chaban

      July 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      No words can express what I would like to say. I can’t imagine what you are going through when I, who don’t even know you, an devastated at what has happened. I wish there was some way I could help, just some small way. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I too hoped for a miracle and was shocked at the outcome. You are never far from my thoughts


  186. Tammy

    July 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I have parents, and im a mom too, and my kids and i have hurt and cryed for this family…..i cant imagine the pain, heartache, questions, anger that you are surely feeling but know that we are hurting, with/for you Jenniffer. hugs 😥


  187. Nicole Daher

    July 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Dearest Jennifer O’Brien,

    I as well woke up and searched for a positive ending to this story. Until your child and parents are found I hold onto a small string of hope for your family! It is true, you can pick up the phone and dial any number in Canada and I am 95% sure the person on the other end will be there to help or just LISTEN. I pray for some ease in the pain you feel!

    Forever with you,

    Just another Canadian mommy (Nicole Daher)


  188. Adventure to Anywhere

    July 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Reading posts and comments like this reinforce my faith in our sense of community not only as Canadians and Calgarians, but as human beings. Thank you for writing this. ❤ Sending so much love and support to those affected by this tragedy.


  189. Mandy

    July 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I’m so so sorry. I think of you both as parents and hope you can help each other and stay strong together, for each other and for your beautiful children. May God give you strength. This has every parent I know heartbroken for you and we wish there was some way we could help. Love to you and your family.


  190. Terrilynn

    July 15, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I still can’t believe something like this has even happened, I feel for the family, especially the mother. I am a mother of two beautiful girls, and step mom to two more beautiful girls, I’ve always wanted a son and hearing about what’s happened to one of yours makes my heart ache with pain knowing that you may never see him again, watch him grow, smile or hit every life lesson and milestone we should all be entitled to but many are stripped of. My family has lost a lot of people we love in the last 7 years, most of which are on my husbands side. He has lost both parents, both grandparents and we now are raising his younger brother who is now 16. It’s difficult and this blog is spot on. Be strong O’Brien Family, and I hope through all this darkness you find some peace, some light and some happiness.


  191. Ginny

    July 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    What the Liknes and O’Brien families are going through is unimaginable, their grief -and even guilt- is a lifelong burden that now irrevocably changes everything in their lives. The rest of us, of course, cannot possibly understand the depth of their all-consuming sorrow; unless you and yours have been through the same sort of tragedy. It shadows everything, it makes the simplest things difficult, it tinges even the best moments with melancholy, it robs one of the every day feeling of ‘ordinary’, which until you have lost it you can’t realize just how wonderful the routine, the ordinary and commonplace can be. There will now never be ‘normal’ for them anymore, never “back to normal”; only, hopefully, an eventual different kind of being a ‘normal’ family. The only thing that I can ad to your heartfelt essay here is that there are services in Calgary that are there to help a person/couple/family cope with pain like this. Especially the young brothers and any other children in their extended family who will need special guidance with trained counsellors. I can only hope that CPS and Social Services (Victim Services?)are helping the families access these grief counselling services.


  192. Tonya

    July 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Jennifer. I too am a mom and a daughter. We are all here for you, however you need us to be. Devastation can’t even begin to be the right word for this. I hope we as a community of mothers and daughters, Albertans and Canadians can be here for you. My prayers to you and your whole family! Peace.


  193. roslyn and dwight kippenhuck cartwright labrador

    July 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    i am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful family may god wrap his loving arms around you and your loved ones praying for you all hugs


  194. Sarah

    July 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    So very heartbroken. Will be praying for you and your family.


  195. arlenemcneill

    July 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I can’t begin to imagine your pain but I can pray for you and your family to find the strength you will so badly need.Lean on those that offer and offer to be leaned on by others in your family.Strength is never ours to keep but to be shared and passed around .There is a whole country (and more) that have you all in our prayers.Cling to each other and pray for each other.I will continue to pray for your family and keep you all in my heart.


  196. Pam Spycher

    July 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    My heart is so sad for your loss. Please accept my sympathies.


  197. Kim Denton

    July 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    May God bless you both. You are in my prayers.


  198. Treena

    July 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I can’t even begin to imagine your pain. My heart is aching for you and your family. I don’t know you but you have been on my mind everyday for many days. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


  199. debbie aime

    July 15, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    we are so very sorry for the loss of you beautiful son and parents, we will pray for you and your family, we all had a lump in our throat each time when the news came , we hoped and prayed that they would come home alive and ok , why oh why would someone do this to a child and elderly people, our hearts and our prayers are with you. bless you all


  200. manon

    July 15, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    if i only i knew what to say . sorry or my condolences just does not seem to cut it. By now you realise you have the support of not just Albertan but the world. Nothing can bring your family back Perhaps we are all being selfish and reaching to ease our pain, This tragedy has left a whole in so many hetrs . We prayed and hoped the outcome would be positive… But on this day my heart breaks for you poor mother who lost an innocent child may you find the strength.You will continue to be in my thoughts


  201. Sharon darrigan

    July 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    My heart is heavy thinking of you and your family .God Bless you .Sharon


  202. Rosalee MacPherson

    July 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Totally feel the same way, I just don’t understand this tragedy and I cry when I think about it. I think about your family on a daily basis, my thoughts and prayers are with you.


  203. Krista Bennett

    July 15, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I am deeply and truly sorry for your loss, I am a mom of 4 young boys and I can’t begin to imagine what your family is going through and know that your family is on my mind everyday and sending to your family all the love in the world xo!


  204. Marlene

    July 15, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I too hold your family in my thoughts and prayers…..I am a Grandma and could not imagine going through this. I won’t try to pretend I know how you feel but my heart aches for all of you. We are all here for you.


  205. andy

    July 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I am extremely sorry for your loss.


  206. Andrea C

    July 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I’m a mom in Vancouver and this story has been one I followed obsessively, hoping for a happier ending. Jennifer, I hope you can access excellent trauma counselling and learn to know this is in no way your fault. Moms always blame themselves and trauma victims are even more likely to resort to self blame, so I can only imagine what you could be feeling. What happened is in no way your fault. You love your children. This is not your fault. I weep for you and your family and I hope you can call on all of Canada to help you get through this. It was not your fault. Anyone who has seen you in the media knows that you are another mom, just like us, being a good mom and good daughter like any one of us. All fault lies with the perpetrator. You are a good person.


  207. rhonda

    July 15, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Thinking of you and your family,
    and I pray for you also.


  208. Sheri Herman

    July 15, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I am praying for your whole family. For strength to continue on. That one day you can have peace. That somehow you can feel God’s arms wrapped around you and you know that in spite if everything you feel His love. I can never understand what you are going through but know that you are never alone.


  209. Dena Smith

    July 15, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Deepest sympathy to you and your family.


  210. mommof4

    July 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    This is the work of the evil one, lean into God who now has Nathan and your parents in HIS loving arms. There are no words, only love and the deepest of sympathy that I can extend. God bless you and your husband and daughter today and always.


  211. Debbie

    July 15, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Jennifer and family, I can’t begin to know what you are going through. All I can say is that I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart aches. I had hope just like everyone else, hoping and praying that your family would be returned unharmed. My sincere condolences and my prayers for you and your husband and other children and to your other family members.


  212. Tara

    July 15, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    My heart is heavy. Thinking of you and your family and wishing you strength at this devastating time.


  213. Mark

    July 15, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Jennifer and family, I would like to add my voice to the support that you are receiving from the online community. I also have followed the news closely and was deeply saddened yesterday with the police announcement. My prayers are with you, and please know that many hugs are being extended to you and your family.


  214. Gail MacKenzie

    July 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Dear Jennifer and family’s I am from Nova Scotia and people here have been following this case and praying for a miracle as well. My dear sweet daughter had her husband murdered in front of her home with their four babies at home nearly three years ago. His killer is still not known or any explanations and there is probably not a day goes by my thoughts are with him and so often I still cry. The children range from 11 – 7 now so you see how young they were. However, I could never fathom the loss of a dear sweet innocent child – I too have faith and it is so difficult not to question why. My very deepest sympat and prayers go out to sweetheart and your family in the loss of your patents and your beautiful son. May the dear Lord guide and keep you all strong honey and I will pray for you and your family!


  215. Ellen

    July 15, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    .Your and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


  216. Linda Easthouse

    July 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    It is awful enough to lose your son, but your parents at the same time…I can’t image the hole it has left. May you find peace in the days to come. Know that the whole city is grieving with you and for you.We will not rest until their bodies are found and laid to rest properly. Their hearts are free and will always be with you.


  217. Anita

    July 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    My heart is aching for you and your family…so sorry for you loss. I will continue to pray that God will help you find some kind of peace.


  218. Courtney heggir

    July 15, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Your family is in our prayers!


  219. Sheri S

    July 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Your words echo what we have all been thinking. What this family is going through is unimaginable. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and I wish you strength and peace ❤


  220. Holly

    July 15, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    My heart hearts for your family. I am so very sorry that you are experiencing this horrible, unimaginable tragedy. I have been praying daily since hearing your story and I will continue to pray for your entire family. Sending you much love and hoping,
    praying for the best outcome.


  221. deborah and calvin powers

    July 15, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Hello Jennifer and Rod and Liknes and O’brien family this is your extended family, I am calvin powers my wife deborah powers, my brother Stan powers is married to Liknes Joan Liknes and my brotherlaw Brian mum was a Liknes too, so it’s extended family but we have heartfelt prayers for you and know there in the loving hands of Jesus, I feel your pain as a aunty not a parent ok 2006 I lost my nephew to a violent murder Joshua Hunt and I know the pain and hurts are so hard remember God gives us all the time we need to Grief and it’s min by min hour by hour and God will carry you through, there all different feelings you will have 1 hour different to the next, my brother Gary and his wife Julie still 8 yrs later still feel the pain, and we are Christians but God knows our hearts and he feels all our pains, all I can say is we will stand by you and if you need anything just call us powers, we having been praying daily and so has our church leduc alliance may God pour all peace and strength and guide you with wisdom, there no greater love then God’s if you need anything please call anytime God bless debs and calv Powers and Hunt family!


  222. Fran

    July 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    I want to just say ditto to what everyone said here!I went to dinner tonight at a burger place and saw a mom and dad and their young son.I kept thinking about you!I feel as if I know you and my heart wants to do something!I will keep asking God to comfort you and give you His peace.


  223. sara

    July 15, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    We all from different religions races and colours have prayed that you would recieve good news as soon as possible… and now we still pray for you and your family that you find closure and justice and peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  224. Terri

    July 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I was born and raised in Calgary and now have a baby of my own I can’t imagin what your going through Jennifer stay strong beautiful! You are In my heart and prayers ❤


  225. Brenda Fraser

    July 15, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Dear Jennifer and Family. I know that you don’t know me, but I have had you and your family on my mind and in my heart from the beginning of knowing your story. I too have cried every time I thought of you. I was camping in the okanagan in a remote camp site when I heard the last news update. I cried so hard for you and your family and cried out to the universe why why why!!! … . I am still thinking of you with tears as I am laying down to sleep. I am a mother too and can’t imagine the gut wrenching pain you must be feeling. I am truly so very sorry… Brenda Fraser, Vernon, BC.


  226. Shelley

    July 16, 2014 at 2:10 am

    I judged you! I’m so sorry! I’m glad you have support I’m praying for you all…I can’t begin to imagine your sorrow…to your entire family I’m so sorry you are having to go through this.


  227. Lorraine Parker

    July 16, 2014 at 4:15 am



  228. Tasha

    July 16, 2014 at 5:41 am

    My family and I are so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that you and your family are in our our thoughts and prayers, daily. As a Mom myself, I can’t even imagine the pain you are enduring. The simple thought of it takes my breath away and I cry.


  229. Mike Scholes

    July 16, 2014 at 6:21 am

    There are no words, no phrases, no magical healing balm for the tragedy you are enduring. The only tangible and real thing out there is the deep sorrow of an entire nation for your families and friends.
    While we will always grapple with the question of Why, we must focus on what’s next and how do we prevent this type travesty from visiting others.
    In your darkest hours, please remember that your fellow countrymen and women share your grief and also shed tears with you.
    Place your trust in God that he will bring you the peace he has bestowed upon your little boy and his grandparents as he holds them in his loving and eternal caress.
    Mike & Teresa in Burlington Ontario.


  230. Twyla Pitman

    July 16, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Dear Jennifer and family. I am a Canadian living in Australia. I follow the news from back home and I have been following your story. I am so so so so sorry. I too am a mom. There are no words to make anything better, I know that, but yet I felt like I needed to write. I too have a strong faith and you have to rely on that now. You just have to as there just can’t be any answers that satisfy your questions while here on earth. Know that their souls go on. You shall be together again. I wish I could give you a hug right now. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Twyla Pitman, Perth, Western Australia.


  231. Kathy

    July 16, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Dear Jennifer and Family, We are from Victoria, BC. We have been following the news and we are so sorry for your loss. Yesterday, we let a green balloon go up in the sky for your family members. We are thinking about you all. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings, Kathy, Herv, Lucy, Gabe and Mia.


  232. Kim papish

    July 16, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Dear Jennifer and Family,
    I too am a mom. I cannot even let my mind imagine the horror that has been thrust upon you all.
    I have no words. Please know there are thousands upon thousands of us out here who are holding your family and friends up in prayer. You are loved by many and you are NOT alone. You are all in the hearts, thoughts and prayers of many all across our great nation
    (From Vancouver)


  233. monica dahl

    July 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Dear Jennifer, I just wanted to express my deepest sympathies to you and your family. What you are enduring right now should not be endured by anyone. The pain is unimaginable and I grieve for you and with you. Stay strong, embrace your children and keep your heart open to receive all of the love we are sending you. Monica and family


  234. Nancy Olson

    July 16, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Just thinking of you and your family ! Not sure what to say but hugs and we are all thinking about you. My family hopes that there are answers out there some where. Everyday I wonder well did they think of this or did they think of that but they must have to come to the conclusion they did.
    But again big hugs to you and yours you have a whole country thinking of you and yours.


  235. Heather Rock

    July 16, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Deepest sympathies to you and your family…….sending love and prayers to you……


  236. crcp

    July 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    @posterella, do you know how those of us outside of Alberta can donate to the O’Brien Family ATB Financial Trust? If you find out, can you kindly update your post?


    • posterella

      July 16, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Dave Mowat (CEO of ATB) has a tweet indicating you can send an email money transfer. I am locating the email address for you.


      • crcp

        July 16, 2014 at 10:02 pm

        Thanks, @posterella – I discovered that a “gofundme” page has also been created by a friend and neighbor of the family: I’ve donated through that page; please feel free to share this option with your readers!


  237. Becky

    July 16, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you from Houston, TX.


  238. Alicia

    July 16, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Is there any way for people across the country to donate? Maybe a pay pal?


  239. Lynda poliues

    July 16, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    A beautiful letter, 3 lives gone way too soon. It Is wonderful to know that here are wonderful people who are out time that take the time, encourage, to reach out to those in need. Regrettably tragedy does bring people together to help the family cope with something so painful .
    My family all send their heartfelt prayers and thoughts to you at this difficulty time. Unfortunately we know what it is like to lose a child to criminal activity. You will never forget but you will slowly move forward. Your friends and supportive family members will help you begin your most sad journey.


  240. mlamano

    July 17, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Lots of Love from our family.


  241. JK

    July 17, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Many in Saskatoon are praying for you & your family. Let yourselves grieve whatever way works for you. I pray that justice will be served & I know that the person who brought all this sadness to your family will one day sit in judgment before our God. I am laying you & your family before our Heavenly Father, the only one who can give you comfort in those dark moments. Cling to Him, He can be your strength.


  242. Helen

    July 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    To the O’Brien’s family…I can’t imagine what you are going through. ..but God’s way is not always our way and it is not always easy. …but there is a purpose for this tragedy. ..I can’t possibly think what it is …..but God still loves you and He has His arms wrapped around you ….Dad…you are going to have to stay strong for your whole family.. now more so then ever….lean on the Everlasting Arms of your God….


  243. posterella

    July 17, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Email money transfers can be sent to if you’re out of province


  244. Liz Rempel

    July 18, 2014 at 11:03 am

    What a beautiful thing you have written here – I too cry for the family – interestingly though, if the names were changed, this could be written to any mother who has lost a son – this could be to the mothers of the three RCMP members who were killed in Moncton recently, the mother who has lost her son in a fire, drowning or any form of accident. You have spoken for all mothers – reaching out to other mothers – we are a group unlike any other.


  245. Kerri

    July 18, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I have been thinking about your family daily. I am so angry that this can happen. I know so many are crying with you. I have been through grief, don’t blame yourself, and take each stage slowly. The pain will subside and you will move forward.


  246. catherine

    July 20, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    i have been praying for you and your family everyday im so sorry to hear of the loss but know god is watching and will guide you through this all



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