LETHBRIDGE: The southern Alberta baseball community has released final details on a memorial for Lethbridge Bulls players Mitch MacLean, Tanner Craswell and their friend Tabitha Stepple, who died in a murder-suicide before Christmas.
The 90-minute ceremony is hosted by the Prairie Baseball Academy, the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball and the Lethbridge Bulls. Music, poetry and tributes from family and friends will be part of the service that's been divided into nine segments - or "innings" - to reflect the players' love of the sport. There will be live performances by Nova Scotia singer Dylan Holton throughout the service and a special tribute to lone survivor of the tragedy Shayna Conway. Organizers are calling that portion of the memorial "our miracle."
Country 95 News talked to some of the players who were involved in organizing the event. Mark Clauson says the experience has helped him focus on the good times with his friends and former teammates.
"If it was just driving around, having a laugh, singing to a song or having a beer together - it's just the little things you remember," said Clauson. "It's definitely awesome, being able to share stories and talk about who those men were and the impression that they leave on us."
Tyson Ford also played alongside each of the boys throughout his career in southern Alberta baseball. He hopes the memorial will help give some closure - or at least a chance to say goodbye - for locals who weren't able to attend the funeral services in PEI.
"I've been to the wakes and the funerals so I've already had a sense of closure and am working on moving on," he said. "This is for the western family out here, to give them the opportunity to grieve and mourn - but also to celebrate the lives that these guys had."
The public service is set to start at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 14 at the Enmax Centre. Doors will open at 2 p.m.