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Alberta shooting victim fundraiser draws 2,500

01/23/2012 06:21 EST | Updated 03/24/2012 05:12 EDT

Organizers of a benefit concert Friday night in Charlottetown for the victims of a murder-suicide in Alberta last month say they were overwhelmed with the turnout.

More than 2,500 Islanders came out to the Civic Centre to show support for the P.E.I. families of Mitch MacLean and Tanner Craswell, as well as for the sole survivor, Shayna Conway.

"It was unbelievable. It was just a stream of people through the building all night. The biggest crowd I've seen on the trade centre side since the Canada games in 1991," said Stu Dunn, who works with the Civic Centre.

"Our phones are ringing off the hooks all week with people looking to donate things and lend their support, and it's just good to see the community come together like that, all in one spot."

MacLean, Craswell and Tabitha Stepple were killed by Stepple's ex-boyfriend, who then turned the gun on himself. Stepple and Conway were driving the two P.E.I. baseball players to the Calgary Airport so they could fly home for Christmas.

Organizers say donations from the event are still being counted. The money will go to the three Island families.

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