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The late Brandon (Bmack) MacKinnon.

The funeral for one of the victims of the tragic fire in Charlottetown over the weekend will be held today in Cardigan.

“With grieving hearts the family announces the tragic loss of Brandon MacKinnon “Bmack”, age 15, of St. Teresa,” the family announced in the teenager’s obituary.

The service will be held at 2 p.m. at All Saint’s Church.

The Grade 9 student from Montague Intermediate was with three friends in an abandoned property on Mount Edward Road in Charlottetown when it somehow caught fire overnight and claimed the lives of MacKinnon, Kenneth Cameron Irving, 15, of Peters Road and Jospeph Allison Reeves, 19, of Montague.

The funeral for Irving will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Ferguson Logan Montague Funeral Home Chapel. Visting hours will be held Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Kenneth will be greatly missed by his family and all who came to know and love him,” the family said in the death notice.

The funeral for Reeves will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ in Montague. Visiting hours are from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ferguson Logan Funeral Home here.

The lone survivor of the fire, a Grade 10 student at Montague Regional High School, remains in hospital in Halifax. He was burned badly before fleeing from the early morning fire.

Montague Regional High School principal Seana Evans-Renaud says students will be making cards to send to their classmate when they get back to school.

“We are just trying to get through the wakes, funerals and storms,’’ she said in an email to The Guardian.

P.E.I. chief coroner Dr. Charles Trainor says his investigation continues.

“It’s going to take another day or two before we have results of toxicology and other testing,’’ he said.

Charlottetown Police Services did not have any update Tuesday in its ongoing investigation.

Deputy Chief Gary McGuigan said Monday after releasing the names of the deceased that police are now focusing on determining a time line of events on the four youths leading up to the tragic event.

At this point police do not suspect foul play.

Organizations: Montague Regional High School, Ferguson Logan Montague Funeral Home Chapel, Church of Christ Police Services

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Montague, Cardigan Saint Mount Edward Road Peters Road Halifax

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  • Earl O'Brien ( Charlottetown )
    April 02, 2014 - 21:33

    These kids didn't do anything wrong, really! They took refuge in an abandoned bldg for fun and shelter. They may have deceived their parents about their real intentions. So what! That's what teens do! I did that all the time for most of my teen years. Didn't always get away with it, but I was relentless. Doesn't matter if you're a perfect parent, your teen's going to pull the wool over your eyes, whether you like it or not. To all you naysayers out there, I say leave the memory of these teens alone. They paid a heavy price while experiencing life.

    • Earl think again
      April 03, 2014 - 08:49

      "so what" they lost their lives that is "so what" . Talk about belittling the situation.

    • Pbag
      April 03, 2014 - 15:25

      I think it is really sad that some teens died and I hope the best for there families :(

    • iL
      April 03, 2014 - 15:33

      I think it is sad that 3 boys lost there life's and I hope the best to there families

  • Observer
    April 02, 2014 - 11:34

    In response to "Really?": The building was not abandoned, it was unoccupied. There's a difference. It was boarded up, to prevent access. You have no idea how often the owners may have checked the building and re-boarded access points. And these were not children - they are considered "youths" - capable of making decisions and understanding consequences. One of them was a father himself, not a child. Yes, this went horribly wrong - but it was not "innocent". It began with illegal entry on private property. You need to separate the enotional from factual. It is a tragic, tragic incident. No question. But these young lads were not inncoent, and they paid for their actions with their lives. As another poster said, this should be a teachable moment for other parents. Talk to your children, and discuss it. Don't place blame everywhere but on those who - sadly and tragically - brought it on themselves. Otherwise their deaths will be in vain, and that would be the greatest tragedy of the whole affair.

    • Well Said
      April 02, 2014 - 13:18

      Well said "Observer". What some consider kids doing "harmless" activity, certainly seem to be clouded by the fact that these actions, cost them their lives. We should be using this as an example . Can't know where your kids are all the time, but lots of monitoring, phone calls (not text messages) and getting to know the people they are hanging with could prevent another tragedy like this.

    • Sarah MacDonald
      April 02, 2014 - 16:53

      Go home, Observer. And when you get there, look up the word 'compassion' in the dictionary. Then try the phrase 'in bad taste', followed by 'empathy'. This is not the time to speak negatively of these children. And yes, 3 of those boys are just KIDS.

    • adam llewellyn
      April 02, 2014 - 20:42

      To observer, how about stepping back and only observe. If you have anything else to say about these young gentlemen try saying it to the parents faces and not over media without even giving your name.

    • To..........
      April 02, 2014 - 21:09

      To Sarah and adam. How about reading what Observer said and learning from it instead of attacking the messenger. He is 100% correct. Burying your head in the sand is not going to help prevent incidents like this in the future.

    • adam llewellyn
      April 03, 2014 - 07:01

      they are accusing the boys of being vandals. What makes you think they did any purposeful damage? Yes they started a fire but it was so they could keep warm. And you see harm in that?well then go ask the owner of the building if they minded these boys using it as shelter from the cold. Let them decide if it was illegal or not.I bet ya'll didnt even personally know these boys or their families. I am related to two and i know the third ones father. How do you think the parents appreciate it looking at these stories then looking at some of these rude comments. They are looking for happy stories of their children. Look at the comments all the ones showwing compassion provide their name. The others commenting wont even provide their name so people cant look up who is not letting the boys rest easy. That is all

  • Shirley
    April 02, 2014 - 11:22

    I do not know about the rest of you but when I look at this young handsome face that has been taken from earth way too soon along with the other two handsome youths my heart just breaks in two. Never mind wondering what happened or where just grief for these three who have been taken way to soon from this earth and feel for the families that have to live with this pain each day and say a pray for them and for the other boy who is in Halifax pray for his recovery .

    • Grace
      April 02, 2014 - 13:57

      It hurts so much to see, Could've happened to me: Innocently that I could die, but for God's grace go I.

  • Jeff Macdonald
    April 02, 2014 - 08:05

    Show some respect mark macmorris. Rip boys

  • Observer
    April 02, 2014 - 08:03

    Mark McMorris: It would be foul play if another person(s) deliberately set the fire with the intent of harm to those who died . A tragic accident, caused by the people who suffered from said accident, is not considered foul play.

  • Mark Macmorris
    April 02, 2014 - 06:52

    How can these articles all say "the police do not suspect foul play"... if my house catches on fire, and it was set by someone that did not have permission to be there....that's foul play. Come on!

    • Ashley
      April 02, 2014 - 08:08

      They can say "police do not suspect foul play" because they don't believe it was set deliberately!!! Foul play = deliberate. Accidental = not on purpose.. something went wrong, that was not planned. Therefore, not foul play.

    • Really?
      April 02, 2014 - 08:12

      This was an abandoned building that kids have been using for almost a year, don't you think the owners of the property should have taken better action at securing and making sure no one was getting into their building they have left standing for 5 years? They should have had it condemned....or had checked on it themselves on weekends or payed security to so that police would be called for trespassing. These lives are lost, they were children. You obviously don't have any.... Or you had a miserable childhood yourself. All kids push the limit on having fun. This was an innocent thing gone horribly wrong. You sir need to give your head a shake. Learn to respect those lost & the families suffering.

    • Sarah MacDonald
      April 02, 2014 - 08:23

      Families are grieving the loss of their children. Please keep your judgemental comments to yourself and remember that 'there but for the grace of God go I'. I hope that you never find yourself in their position and have to read comments like the one you just wrote.

    • wog
      April 02, 2014 - 09:24

      An understandably confusing term. Well explained Ashley.

    • To Mark
      April 02, 2014 - 11:32

      No foul play as they did not have someone set the fire with the intention of injury. However, I understand the point you made. Fire was set deliberately to keep them warm or for what ever reason. They "accidentally" let it out of control. What concerns me most, and I do have great empathy for the families, is the people who come on here saying "they were doing what kids do. We did the same". Excuse me. In my generation, we partied and did lots behind our parents back. Breaking into someone else's property was not one of them. We feared the consequences our parents would have. Unfortunately,partying, getting intoxicated and destroying property be it graffiti or what have you, is being defended here. I have no problem with sneaking to have fun, but setting a fire inside a building? Where was the fear in getting caught? Please, don't belittle the situation. Lets unite to make this a strong powerful message to other teens who are doing the same thing. Breaking and entering is against the law. Setting fires inside buildings is dangerous. Burying your child, friend, grandson...........is heart wrenching. All of this is preventable. Let it be a lesson. That said, Guardian lets not publicize the funerals of these boys.No more front page headlines. Let the family grieve. Let it lie now. Stop glorifying their deaths to other teens reading this who don't grasp that anything here was wrong and preventable.