A special baseball game in Lethbridge, Alta., on Wednesday night honoured two Prince Edward Island players who were shot to death just before Christmas as they headed home for the holidays.
Friends and fans of Mitch MacLean and Tanner Craswell gathered for the Lethbridge Bulls' preseason game, which also raised money for a scholarship in their names.
For Kevin Kvame, president of the Lethbridge Bulls, it was an evening of mixed emotion:
"It's sad that we remember why we are here today, but it's happy that we remember we are all close because of baseball," said Kvame.
MacLean and Craswell, as well as fellow Islanders Shayna Conway and Tabitha Stepple, were in Claresholm en route to the airport when Stepple's ex-boyfriend stopped them and shot them on the highway before killing himself.
Conway, the lone survivor of the shooting, also attended the memorial game Wednesday.
The game began with the families of the two men walking on the field to applause. The fathers then each threw an opening pitch.
With the tributes done, the game began.
And that's the way it should be, said Les Colwill, who has been around Lethbridge baseball for nearly 50 years.
"It's time for a new season," said Colwill
"Life has to go on,"
The Bulls will remember Craswell and MacLean in this new season with a P.E.I. flag flying over the dugout through every game.