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Craswell funeral takes place Friday in Charlottetown

12/23/2011 04:54 EST | Updated 02/21/2012 05:12 EST

Tanner Craswell, who was killed in a murder-suicide in Alberta, was carried to his final resting place on P.E.I.'s North Shore following his funeral in Charlottetown Friday.

Craswell will be buried in Covehead, not far from P.E.I. National Park.

Snow added a poignant beauty to the scene in the churchyard as the mourners assembled for the funeral.

In his homily in Holy Redeemer Church, Rev. Charlie Cheverie urged the congregation to remember the families who are hurting, and described Craswell as a wholesome young man whom everyone loved.

The 22-year-old was one of four young people shot in Alberta last week by Derek Jensen, who then killed himself.

Craswell, along with 20-year-old friend and fellow ballplayer Mitch MacLean and Tabitha Stepple, were killed at the scene. The driver, 21-year-old P.E.I. native Shayna Conway, was the only survivor. She’s currently in hospital, and expected to be released in another two weeks.

The killings were motivated by Jensen’s recent breakup with Stepple.

The funeral underway Friday morning for Craswell follows the one held for MacLean on Thursday.

MacLean’s funeral in a small United Church chapel on the outskirts of Charlottetown was attended by an estimated 600 people, the majority of whom had to be directed to an overflow room because of limited seating.

A baseball theme figured prominently in the service, and Melia Thompson, a former girlfriend of MacLean’s, said after the service that it was “exactly what Mitch would’ve wanted.”

Stepple was remembered in a funeral service in Lethbridge, Alta., on Wednesday.

MacLean and Craswell, promising baseball stars with the Lethbridge Bulls of the Western Major Baseball League, were studying at Lethbridge College. They were on their way home for the holidays when they were shot.

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