Matthew De Grood Trial: Victim's Families Address Court

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Family members of the victims of a mass murder in Calgary walk to a news scrum to read a statement on Monday. | Jeff McIntosh/CP
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CALGARY — The families of five young people killed in a stabbing at a house party in Calgary two years ago have had their say in court.

In an unusual move at the trial of Matthew de Grood, an agreement was reached to allow members of each family give a tribute to their loved ones.

The tributes are similar to victim impact statements given during sentencing, but are to have no impact on the final verdict.

Patty Segura says her son Jordan would help perfect strangers and gave away "hugs for free'', while Lawrence Hong was remembered by his brother Miles as a friend to many.

Kaitlin Perras, Josh Hunter and Zackariah Rathwell were also killed in the attack.

Trial adjourned

After an emotional morning the trial was adjourned until Wednesday, at which time the defence will begin its case.

His lawyer has indicated he plans to argue his client was not criminally responsible for the killings.

De Grood has admitted he killed the five, but has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

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