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Drama in Ottawa: Funeral of decimated family will take place Sunday

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A public funeral will take place in memory of the victims of the sextuple murder, which occurred on March 6 in the Barrhaven neighborhood of Ottawa.

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A public funeral service will be held on Sunday for the six victims of the murders in the Barrhaven neighborhood of Ottawa last week.

The Buddhist Congress of Canada and a volunteer organizing committee will hold a funeral on March 17 in memory of the six members of the Sri Lankan community killed by an acquaintance on the night of March 6.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The multi-faith funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. at the Infinity Convention Centre, in Ottawa.

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A mother and her four children were stabbed to death Wednesday evening in Ottawa. The father survived. (File photo)

Mother Darshani Dilanthika Ekanyake, 35, and her four children – a 7-year-old boy, Inuka Wickramasinghe, along with three girls, Ashwini Wickramasinghe, 4, Ranaya Wickramasinghe, 3, and Kelly Wickramasinghe, two months – and a family friend, Gamini Amarakoon Amarakoon Mudiyanselage, 40, were killed with knives, according to the police.

The father was seriously injured. According to the Buddhist Congress of Canada, he is recovering physically, but he will need psychological support to overcome last week's ordeal.

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He asks that his privacy be respected while he mourns the loss of his loved ones.

The man accused of murdering the six people at a Barrhaven residence, Febrio De-Zoysa, appeared in court two times since the tragedy.

19-year-old man charged with six counts of first-degree murder degree and one count of attempted murder. The alleged murderer was arrested after the event by the police without offering any resistance.

He is, also from Sri Lanka. According to the Ottawa Police Service, he came to Canada as an international student and lived under the same roof as the family.

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Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116