Following speeches from friends and family members of slain 19-year-old Burnaby resident Luka Gordic and touching songs sung by Frankie Cena, 19 white balloons were released into the air, one for every year that Gordic lived. Those in attendance all wore black t-shirts emblazoned with the date “5/17/15” on the back, the date the teenager was killed on Main Street in the Village. Four people have been charged with manslaughter in his death, including three 17-year-olds and 18-year-old Arvin Golic.
The vigil was held on the same day that Gordic and his family were going to take part in Tough Mudder under the team name “Family Matters.” On Saturday, his family did so under the new banner, #JusticeforLuka.
“Luka was the heart of our family and it pains us that we aren’t able to compete with him,” said Gordic’s sister, Danica. “We want people to be aware of the flaws in our justice system, not only so Luka may receive justice, but also so no family should endure the pain that we are going through. It is not right and something needs to change.”