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Matthew Hennigar Family Fund Raises Money For Anahim Lake Homicide Victim

01/05/2015 05:27 EST | Updated 01/05/2015 05:59 EST
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Members of a small B.C. community are rallying together to raise money for the family of a homicide victim.

Matthew Hennigar, 23, and Kalvin Andy, 22, were killed in a double homicide in Anahim Lake on Boxing Day. Now a member of Hennigar's mother's family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the wife and one-year-old son he left behind.

"This campaign would help immensely to get them through this extremely hard time of grief and loss," states the page, which has a goal of raising $20,000. "Especially after Christmas and the huge expense of laying a loved one to rest."

The money will be used for funeral costs, the daily expenses for Hennigar's wife and son, and a trust account for his son.

People in Anahim Lake, a community located about 400 kilometres northwest of Vancouver, describe Hennigar as kind and friendly.

“I've actually had quite a few people say, 'Oh, Matthew would bring me my fire wood and come over and have a visit and do this for me and fix this [for] me and I am really going to miss him, one of those really all around good kid[s],'" Deana Wood, who runs Anahim Lake Trading, told CKNW.

Six people have been charged in the killings, with offences ranging from first-degree murder to manslaughter.

Cpl. Dave Tyreman said it appears the attackers and victims knew each other, but few other details have been released about what happened.

With files from The Canadian Press

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