CALGARY – A friend of Jordan Segura reassured mourners at his funeral on Monday that the university student wasn’t alone when he died.
Jayda Shreenan told more than 300 people at the service in a Calgary chapel that Segura was surrounded by those who loved him as he took his last breath.
“Myself and a couple of friends were with him right at the end and I want you all to know that Jordan was not alone,” said Shreenan, choking back tears.
Segura, who was 22, was one of five young people killed last week in an attack at a party marking the end of classes at the University of Calgary.
Shreenan remembered Segura as a generous and wonderful friend, who was always ready with a compliment.
“I am so thankful that I was able to have Jordan in my life. It wasn’t long enough, but the impact he made on me and the inspiration that he is is something I’m going to take with me for the rest of my life,” she said as mourners wiped away tears.
“I look out and see all of these people who just loved him so, so much. What happened a week ago is an absolute tragedy and he was taken from us far, far too soon.”
Segura’s older brother, Jullien, said Segura was all about integrity and speaking the truth.
He drew chuckles from the crowd when he talked about how he took being the big brother very seriously.
“I would pick on him just because I was bigger, but I made sure everyone knew that only I was allowed to pick on him,” he said.
“It is great to hear that Jordan spoke so highly of his family when he was with his friends. We are grateful for all of them. His friends were his family.”
Segura’s love of family was a focal point in the one-hour service. Mourners heard he had two tattoos — one of his grandfather’s favourite car, a Bel-Air, and another showing a red heart with “mom” written through it.
Pastor Wes Gorman, who presided over the funeral, described Segura as an “amazing young man.”
“This is a sad day after a sad and painful week,” Gorman said.
“He’s been tragically and suddenly taken from our presence. I know you have questions. We know your loss is deep,” he said. “Jordan’s not here … the whole city and the whole country are heartbroken.”
Segura’s plain wooden coffin was covered with a bouquet of white carnations and white roses. A photo montage showed him as a youth and with family and friends.
A reggae version of the original Bread song “Everything I Own” played in the background. Segura had mentioned to a co-worker once “that’s the song I want played at my funeral.”
“I would give everything I own, just to have you back again,” the lyrics said.
The funeral was one of three being held on Monday for those who died in the attack. Services for Kaiti Perras and Josh Hunter were also planned.
Segura, Perras, Hunter, Zackariah Rathwell and Lawrence Hong were all attacked at the house party last Tuesday.
Another party-goer, Matthew de Grood, 22, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. Police are still trying to determine a motive.
De Grood, who is the son of a senior Calgary police officer, had completed a psychology degree from the University of Calgary last year and had been accepted into law school for the fall.
The suspect is due to appear in court Tuesday to face the allegations.
Segura was a religious studies student at the University of Calgary and had worked for the past year at McInnis and Holloway, the funeral home where the service was held.