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Candlelight vigil planned at Rutledge Park for one victim of Saanich stabbing


The mother of one of the victims of last week’s double homicide in Saanich has planned a candlelit vigil to honour her daughter.

Jade Elk was identified as one of the victims of the stabbing that took place on Wednesday, October 19th.

36-year-old man Christopher Cathcart was charged with Elk’s murder on October 20th, just one day after her murder. 

Elk’s mother, Judy, said Cathcart and her daughter were in a relationship. 

Jade was a mother of two, and the daughter of Dakota Sioux Elder, Judy Elk. 

Elk’s mother and her community have come together to host a candlelight vigil this Tuesday at Rutledge Park in honour of her memory. 


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The vigil will be held no matter what the weather has in store, so the organizers recommend dressing for the weather and they ask that you bring your own candle. 

Judy Elk encourages friends of her daughter’s to share their precious memories and photos online and at the ceremony in Rutledge Park.  

Elk’s mother Judy will be flying with her two granddaughters to Manitoba for a traditional funeral with the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation in the coming weeks. 

Financial contributions are welcome by the family to assist with the cost of the funeral.

As of this publication, the second victim has not been positively identified, and Saanich Police said they’re still working to link the connection to the second death. 

Jade Elk’s candlelight vigil

Where: Rutledge Park

When: Tuesday, October 25th 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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