STURGEON — They were “best friends” and they were laid to rest together in a heartbreaking funeral here Tuesday that packed a country church with people still in shock over the double murder.
“There are hundreds of broken hearts here, across Prince Edward Island and across Canada, and they are all embracing this family with their love,’’ said Father Gerard Chaisson during the 11 a.m. funeral at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sturgeon.
The ceremony was to celebrate the lives of Brent and Brendon McGuigan, the 68-year-old father and 39-year-old son, who were gunned down by an assailant in a bizarre double homicide last week in a St. Mary’s Road home.
The stone church with its gleaming white steeple is usually a home for worship, family events and summer ceilidhs featuring celebrations of music and harmony every summer.
But Tuesday it was packed to the brim with mourners from near and far while others ringed the church outside to share in the grief and disbelief of the unfathomable tragedy.
“Brent and Brendon were the best friends,’’ said Father Chaisson, his own voice quavering at times over the senselessness of the event. “Brendon was always stopping over to visit his parents and they loved to spend time together.”
Both men are survived by wives and children and Father Chaisson noted Brendon’s wife Kim now cares for three youngsters and has another child on the way.
“Always remember, your dad is but a whisper away and will always be in your hearts,’’ he told the children.
“This has been such a public tragedy,’’ said the priest. “I ask you today to pray for peace and put an end to violence.”
Friends have established an account at the Montague Scotiabank in trust for the McGuigan children and a donation jar has been set up at the Murray River Esso station.
A man charged in the first degree murders appears in court later this week.