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Posted: 2016-02-12 16:44:49

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Posted: 2016-01-01 17:37:32

Merry Christmas and happy new year Dilly love you forever.
Posted: 2015-12-09 06:15:54

Dylan. Keep your strength going towards Dae and Tasha, as I know they are broken because of the loss. May your killer be tried with full justice for this hideous crime which has unfolded. May your soul rest in peace. -A.O-
Posted: 2015-11-19 13:48:14

Nine years later and it still hurts so bad! I still cry for you, me and everyone that knew you. So many lives changed that day and we will never be the same. The only good part of this day are the memories of you. Love you always!
Posted: 2015-08-14 17:25:51

It's been so long... I miss you!
Posted: 2015-03-01 19:47:40

Never stop missing you Dylan!!
Posted: 2014-12-25 17:09:10

We all miss you Dylan!
Posted: 2014-11-19 19:42:33

I often think about how you were robbed of your life at such a young age, but in reality, we were all robbed. I miss your smile, I miss your laugh, I miss your outlook on life, I miss you!
Love Dad.

Posted: 2014-11-19 15:30:56

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Posted: 2014-11-19 10:20:08

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in death we do the same.
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but you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories,
your love is still our guide.
And though we cannot see you,
you are always by our side.

Fred, Connie, Jeremy, Kari, Karsen, Lindsey, Sarah, JC, Olivia, Allan, Amanda and Emma, Heidi and Robin

Posted: 2014-11-19 10:16:11

I never thought I could go on living when you died, but - I did
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I never thought I'd get through those first days, weeks and months, but - I did

I never thought tomorrow would be different, but - it was
I never thought I would stop crying for you, but - I have
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I never thought I'd want to go on living after you died, but - I do
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With a smile on my face - and tears in my heart.

Love Tim, Nicole, Dustin, Marissa, Daelyn and Mom

Posted: 2014-11-19 10:07:40

The moment that you died
our hearts were torn in two
one side filled with heartache,
the other died with you.

We often lie awake at night,
when the world is fast asleep, and
take a walk down memory lane,
with tears upon our cheeks.

Remembering you is easy,
we do it every day,
but missing you is heartache
that never goes away.

We hold you tightly within our hearts
and there you will remain.
Until the joyous day arrives,
that we will meet again.

We Love You and Miss You Dylan
Dad, Lisa and Family

Posted: 2014-11-19 10:06:08

Missing you as always. Eight long years today!

Posted: 2014-11-08 19:49:51

It's been so long Dylan...I miss you!
Posted: 2014-03-19 19:59:03

88 months ago today we lost you Dylan and what a loss. Today we heard the Judge tell Cleophas 5 years in a Federal Pen; not enough but nothing would be. We are grateful for all the testimony and hard work to get this accomplished. One down and one to go. Hard time today and every day we have been in court but we are grateful. We love and miss you Dylan.
Grandpa & Grandma McGillis

Posted: 2014-03-19 18:25:28

March 19, 2014, 7 years and 4 months after Dylan's Murder
Sentenced to 5 years in Federal Penitentiary for manslaughter

Posted: 2014-02-25 02:21:55

I Love ya Dylan!
Posted: 2014-02-24 16:44:13

Thinking of you Dylan. Your Daughter. Couldn't sleep at all last night. I doubt I will tonight either. I hope justice will prevail!
Posted: 2013-11-25 10:37:23

Thinking of you......
Posted: 2013-11-19 19:57:51

A few weeks before you died I remember saying "Life is Good". Things were going pretty well at that point in time. Then everything changed when you were murdered. Life isn't that good anymore... There is always something missing and that is you. We all suffer and miss you. There is a void in so many lives without you here, especially your daughter’s. Today is such a sad day but really not much different than any other day, except we think about it a little more today. I miss you and love you forever Dylan.
Love Dad.

Posted: 2013-11-19 16:08:24

Seven years since your life was stolen by cowards and thugs. Praying for justice because I know they will never come clean for your murder. Just to sit in court and listen to that looser so blatantly lie disgusts me. It was so hard to hear over and over again the details of what happened to you the night you were so brutally murdered. Hope heaven is better than here on earth. We still ache for you and miss your kindness and charm.
Love - Auntie Bernadette

Posted: 2013-11-19 15:47:30

Nov.19, 2013
7 long years without you Dylan and THE GUY says, “You win some you lose some” after he was found GUILTY of MANSLAUGHTER. It was and is so hard to hear that but we will be there to see him in cuffs and carted off to JAIL. We lost so much when we lost you but you lost everything, YOUR LIFE.
1 DOWN and 1 TO GO.

Posted: 2013-11-19 14:16:04

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instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.
If I knew it would be the last time
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Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.
For surely there's always tomorrow
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and we always get a second chance
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There will always be another day
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And certainly there's another chance
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Posted: 2013-10-04 12:37:37

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Posted: 2013-09-17 01:51:34

They'll never know what they took when they took you from us. Please take care of us. I got to see Daelyn awhile ago and she made me laugh so hard. Just like you used to. She's beautiful and so smart. She loves to hear stories about you. She feels so cheated not getting to be with her Daddy and she's right it isn't fair. I'm so lucky that the last thing you said to me was "I love you", even if it was just because you were being a bugger. You really were a light and Daelyn has that same light. And that same mischievous smile. You had a way of making anybody you talk to feel like they were special, which makes you really special and Dae has that too. <3

Posted: 2013-09-08 07:52:07

Death changes everything! Time changes nothing....I still miss the sound of your voice, the wisdom in your advice, the stories of your life and just being in your presence. So, No, time changes nothing, I miss you as much today as I did the day you died, I just miss you!
Posted: 2013-09-07 17:21:44

The trial starts Monday, Sept. 9/13, almost seven years after Dylan's murder. I hope and pray for some sort of justice. I love and miss you Dylan!
Posted: 2013-07-04 08:45:56

Have a good birthday party last night at your grave, to see so many people come out and celebrate you is a tribute to you and the person that you were. I am very proud to call you my son, Dill. I wish I could be more like you, your kind heart shows through all the people that still honor you with their memories. Love you and think of you everyday. Mom
Posted: 2013-07-01 13:38:07

Just another holiday without you....thinking of you today. Getting ready for your birthday in two days. :)
Posted: 2013-05-28 14:31:05

Always stay close to your little girl, she needs her daddy to watch over her and keep her safe. Make her strong and able to be brave get through this life. I'm sure your mom and dad are there to keep your voice heard. Think of you often.
Posted: 2013-04-16 08:21:25

TIME... does not heal anything, It just teaches us how to live with the pain!
Posted: 2013-02-13 11:23:52

I thought soooooo much about you these past couple of days. Thinking about the upcoming trial for one of the b*@#*@ds that took your life. Just wondering about the sentance he will receive. Whatever time he has to serve will never be the value of your life or the sentance that your family and loved ones have received. Miss u lots!
Posted: 2012-12-06 10:03:03

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Posted: 2012-12-04 16:04:07

I thought long and hard about you today after i found my super old cell phone and seen your number in it. I miss you very much dill pickle.. from your old friend Kayelani. J
Posted: 2012-11-29 14:36:32

A song for a heart so big,
god wouldn't let it live.
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Posted: 2012-11-21 18:30:07

It never ends, six years since they took you away and still no justice. The plimiary hearing was hell, our minds don't shut down. There must be a change in the system, for the others that will come after us. People can go on with their lives, where we are stuck, waiting for justice. We don't want this life, we want Dylan back, Daelyn to have a daddy. We want the day to day problems like other people, I get angry when we can't have a say how, when or outcome that the murder gets. I LOVE YOU DYLAN, GOD I MISS YOU :(
Posted: 2012-11-20 15:54:51

This was supposed to be posted yesterday, but couldn’t get to a computer.
Some people come into our lives and leave an imprint on our heart and we are never ever the same. You are one of those very special people Dylan. It’s another sad day and 6 long sad years since Nov.19, 2006 when you were taken from us. Our memories of you are very precious and treasured but not enough. We love and miss you so very much; you were such a loving Grandson Dylan.
Grandma & Grandpa McGillis

Posted: 2012-11-20 14:11:57

I see a lot of things that continue to remind me of you. I am glad you make yourself "known" every once in a while. I see the signs. I know you are here. Just make sure that we can all stay strong enough through this! Miss You!!
Posted: 2012-11-20 14:09:51

Missing you and dealing with all the aftermath is a tough job!
Posted: 2012-11-20 10:34:03

In Memoriam:
The years are quickly passing
Still we won't forget.
For in the hearts that love him
His memory lingers yet.
His smiling way and pleasant face
Are a pleasure to recall;
He had a kindly word for each,
And died beloved by all.
Some day we hope to meet him,
Some day, we know not when,
To clasp his hand in the better land,
Never to part again.
Love Dad, Lisa and Family

Posted: 2012-11-19 23:37:48

Six years ago Dylan, you were so brutally taken from us. It makes me sick to think that the scum who murdered you are all still walking free. I really hope we can all find some sort of peace one day, but I know everyone still suffers. As far as the people who took your life and took you away from us. I truly hope that one day they will all feel the pain that they caused you as well as all of your friends and family. I know it isn’t right to wish bad things on other people but I truly do hope you all feel that kind of pain and even that would be too good for all of you. Miss you always Dylan, rest in peace.
Love – Auntie Bernadette

Posted: 2012-11-19 13:27:45

Six years...an eternity. I thought of you first thing this morning when I opened my eyes and I'll visit you this afternoon. It's such an emotional day and so many bad memories come flooding back. So many of us that lost you six years ago lost part of ourselves that day and will never fully recover. You were an amazing person and an amazing son and I miss you more than words can say. I love you Dylan!


Posted: 2012-09-10 18:22:29

Yes, he fully understands the consequences of his actions! This is the type of low life he and his friends are... preditors and tough guys when they are in a pack! He doesn't deserve an excuse due to mental issues. Hopefully justice will prevail and he will receive a just sentence
Posted: 2012-09-09 21:22:27

no he understands his actions
Posted: 2012-08-30 18:55:57

Just read on line that the accused in your son's case was committed to stand trial. I hope that the court date is sooner rather than later. I read that the accused was seen smirking and laughing in court. I would hazzard to guess that this individual is mentally challenged and unable to understand the consequences of his actions.
Posted: 2012-08-29 16:23:16

Can't believe that it has been six years since your son passed! I saw supporters at court earlier this week with Dylan's picture & website on their t-shirts and had to look for updates on this case. Please know that your son Dylan is with you and all his loved ones though you can't see/feel/hear him. He is not gone from your lives. I'm sure that he wants this court case to be over for you all soon so you can move on with your lives.
Posted: 2012-08-29 08:02:29

Dear Lord.... Hepl me not to wish evil things upon the male that sits before us in court... Dylan, share some of your kind and loving ways with us!
Posted: 2012-08-24 00:21:15

Miss you and love you Dylan! Please help us through these next couple weeks!
Posted: 2012-08-22 14:01:07

I know you are watching! Please send help from above and guide us through what is sure to be a hellish next two weeks. Love You!
Posted: 2012-07-17 11:32:29

Your little girl is 5 years old. :)
Posted: 2012-07-03 22:45:40

Every year on this day we go and celebrate your birthday hon...I know you don't get older, but we celebrate it anyway... to remember all the good times.... could you send a little help this way... your family could really use it right now!
Posted: 2012-07-03 12:15:24

Happy Birthday my baby boy, LOL guess you aren’t much of a baby anymore. 26 years old, holy cow, getting old babe. :) I wish you were here so I could love you like I love your brother and sister on their birthdays, you know that my heart is with you today, I smile so the memories of the day you were born. Miss you every day; love you every minute of the day. Happy Birthday Dilly............
Posted: 2012-03-12 19:02:22

Sometimes I just sit here and look into your eyes, they are amazing! I feel closer to you when I do, but I also feel sad that you're not here. I miss you Dylan!

Posted: 2012-02-15 12:39:29

I miss and love you tons :) I wish you were still with us - Zoe
Posted: 2012-02-02 19:01:04

Hi Dylan

Need your help, watch her, help her, she needs to be strong for Daelyn.

Posted: 2011-12-25 13:28:07

Dylan - Thinking of you, missing you, sending my love to you in heaven. Merry Christmas wish you were here.
Auntie Bernadette

Posted: 2011-11-19 23:40:40

To my friends...
I just wanted to let you know we are feeling for you all today.

Richard W

Posted: 2011-11-19 16:57:46

Well Dylan its five years ago today that you were taken from us . It seems as though it was just yesterday. Your daughter is a beautiful smart little girl.She reminds me alot of grandma sarah. But I know you know this already.We all miss you and love you, and I pray you are in a better place. Love uncle mike
Posted: 2011-11-19 15:58:48

I've been sitting here looking at your picture and into your eyes and it's so easy to remember what a kind and gentle soul you were. I ask myself the same question I have a million times before...WHY? I don't think I will ever have an answer and it so hard to comprehend why someone like you was taken from so many that loved you. The police have arrested one person and I know there will be more to follow and they will be held accountable. No sentence they will receive can make amends for what they have done to so many decent people, but I am hopeful that karma will follow all these people for the rest of their lives, however long that may be.

It's five long years since you were murdered, but the emotions are still raw. You were a wonderful person, friend and son and I miss you every single day and I always will Dylan.

Love Dad

Posted: 2011-11-18 11:02:40

In Memoriam:
The Fallen Limb

A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says, grieve not for me.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song,
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I'm counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest,
Remembering all, how I truely was blessed.
Continued traditions, no matter how small,
Go on with your life, don't worry about falls.
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin,
Until the day comes we're together again.
Fred & Connie Kempton,
Jeremy, Kari Wakefield & family,
Kevin Rabiej & Sarah Kempton-Rabiej & family,
Allan Kempton & Amanda Hogan.

Posted: 2011-11-18 10:49:42

In Memoriam:
They say there is a reason
They say that time will heal
But neither time nor reason
Will Change the way we feel
For no-one knows the heartache
That lies behind our smiles
No-one know how many times
We have broken down and cried
We want to tell you something
So there won't be any doubt
You're so wonderful to think of
But so hard to be without
Sad are the hearts that loved you, silent are the tears that fall,
Living lives without you, is the hardest part of all.
You did so many things for us, your heart was kind and true,
And when we needed someone most, we could always count on you.
Those special years will not return, when we were all together,
But with the love within our hearts, you will walk with us forever.
You place on earth no-one can fill, we love you Dylan and always will.
Dad, Lisa and Family

Posted: 2011-11-18 10:43:50

In Memoriam
Dear Dilly,
It's been five years, since you were brutally taken from us. On certain days, it was just yesterday. My mind takes me back to that moment when Natasha called and the horrific images of you lying there unrecognizable, clinging to and fighting to stay alive for those 15 hours plays in my mind as if happening all over again. I truly fight those thoughts; depression is always there waiting for me, wanting to be my best friend again. No! I don't want to go back to the time of wanting to be with you more than staying here, those were dark days in my mind. The anger I have inside of me gets overwhelming knowing and preparing myself for the murderer to get away with this or get little time for his crime. We just went through Remembrance Day knowing dad fought for four bloddy years for us to be free and yet Canada gives us all the rights to the criminals. Dill, the murderer got out with $2,400 bail...for murdering you. Grrr.

Then there is your daughter Daelyn. My heart aches for that little girl. Don't get me wrong, she is loved by so many, but she doesn't have the people in her life that counts the most. Hmm is there a God? Why or what lesson could there be in hurting a little girl. All I hear is, "He works in mysterious ways." Ya right. So Dill, if you could please give me a sign that you are watching over things down here, it would help me knowing that you are there.

Can you feel my heart? It flutters when I think of you. I believe every mother that has lost one of their babies like I have lost you, have an incurable feeling of sadness that never goes away. You just get good at hiding it.
Dilly Dal I love you now and forever. Mom.

Posted: 2011-11-17 14:38:16

Missing you and dealing with all the aftermath is a tough job!
Posted: 2011-11-16 21:46:04

I miss you, I don't know why you were stollen from us but I know that I'll never forget you. I hope you're safe and happy and proud of the little angel you left behind on earth. Shes so beautiful. Maybe I will get to hear your laugh or see your smile in my dreams tonight. Things get pretty hard down here without you, but I know you're watching over all of us. So much has happened since you've been gone, but I know you're there for all of it. The ups and downs. I love you

Posted: 2011-10-19 18:28:09

I sure miss you, I wish you were still here with us.
Love you!

Posted: 2011-10-05 16:32:01

Hi babe, miss you, think of you everyday, many times a day. Take care of Daelyn, we are doing everything down here to keep her safe and happy. Love you, miss you, wish you were here.
Posted: 2011-07-21 20:23:53

RE-POST from Dec 19, 2008
After knowing what has happened to the Murderer of Shane Rolston, and now with the acquital of Josh Hunt's murderer, it there even any point in trying to find your murderer?......going through all the hell again and again only to have the murderer walk free!!!! I ache all over Dylan....help us!!! Help us all!!!

Posted: 2011-07-21 20:02:10

I see a lot of things that continue to remind me of you... I am glad you make yourself "known" every once in a while... I see the signs.. I know you are here... just make sure that we can all stay strong enough through this! Miss You!!
Posted: 2011-07-03 22:17:22

haaaaaapy birrrrthday tooooo youuuuu haaaaapy birrrthdayyy tooo youuuu, haaaapy birrrthday deaaaarrrr DYLAN
haaaaapy birthday toooo youuuu.........love you with all my heart my baby boy wish you were here to kiss and hug you. :(

Posted: 2011-06-28 13:17:14

Hey buddy,
Finally we are getting some answers and someone will be punished for what they've done to you. It still doesn't seem fair though. It amazes me that someone as young as the accused could take someones life without blinking an eye. I hope that he can't sleep at night, and that karma will finally dish him up some pain and suffering. Justice will finally be served!!! I love you and miss you so much!

Posted: 2011-06-24 16:33:18

Been 5 years now since you were taken from us Dylan. Praying for swift justice now that there is finally leads in this case.....
Posted: 2011-06-23 14:50:34

I just read that there has finally been an arrest in Dylan's murder. A charge of manslaughter -- I do not understand our criminal justice system, how does stabbing someone with a knife bring a charge of manslaughter instead of murder? At any rate, I hope this person is punished to the fullest extent allowed and that the McGillis family can rest easier knowing that Dylan's murder did not go unpunished.
Posted: 2011-06-21 08:14:47

Love You Dilly!
Posted: 2011-06-01 23:22:18

Miss you everyday Dilly. Wish I could talk to you and wish you were here to make me laugh and just to see your wonderful smile again! Wish my girls had a chance to meet you! Think about you everyday love you lots
Posted: 2011-05-31 19:55:31

miss so much man! i was listening to a song by alter bridge called in loving memory made me think of you. u were to great for this world. love ya
Posted: 2011-04-27 11:46:27

It seems like an eternity since we've seen you, but knowing you were murdered hurts as though it was yesterday. I miss you every second of every day. I love you Dylan.


Posted: 2011-03-14 22:22:40

Posted: 2011-02-12 19:42:21

All momma wants for her birthday is a visit from you. love you, miss you.
Posted: 2011-02-04 23:31:15

Sure missing ya alot man! Love ya always
Posted: 2011-01-18 23:16:07

Still think of you EVERY single day!!!
Still cry thinking about you...and everyone else.
We all love you so very much, and pray for justice.
I have grown in so many ways..I learned that I should always tell my family and friends how much i love them, because i truly regret not saying it to you.....
Just know now that you will always be in my heart and this tragedy will always be painful, because missing you is endless.....
I love you Dylan!

Posted: 2010-12-25 21:05:37

Merry Christmas my dear son, you were in my heart big time today. Your daughter loving what Santa brought her. I spoke of you to her today asking her do you think daddy is here with us today? Without hesitation she nodded her head and said yes, I smiled knowing that she was right you are a part of us. I miss you, I miss you loving me with your words and your arms hugging me, but most important I miss your love, your unforgetable love. I hate that you are not here, may god get the person who did this to you and bring him to justice.
Posted: 2010-12-24 23:19:53

Dylan, another Christmas without you. I can't believe this will be the 4th year without you. I miss you so much. Our family is growing as is your beautiful little girl. She talks about you alot every day. I wish you could be here with her as you would have been a great Dad. She was so excited to bring you the ordiment she bought you for Christmas she talked about it all day. I have to say it was terrible having to see that little of a girl having to bring her Daddy gifts at the cemetary, it broke my heart. I wish you were here every day, and I hate that my children with go without ever knowing there wonderful uncle Dilly. Anyways I love you and miss you and wish you were here
Posted: 2010-12-24 19:29:39

Another Christmas without you, it just seems as though we go through the motions because we have to. We all miss you and it will never be the same without you.
Love Dad

Posted: 2010-12-08 13:11:33

Hey Dylan. It's been a while and I was just thinking about you and wish we could have a little chat. Hugs. Becs.
Posted: 2010-11-25 17:11:35

Hey Dilly,
I've been thinking about you alot lately. On the anniversary of your death, I was proud of myself because I stayed strong and only shed a few tears. I just smiled all day thinking of you and the person you were, and how you would want everyone to celebrate your life, and the fact that we were all so lucky to have known you, even if it was only for a short time. You would never want someone to feel so much pain, but there are so many people that feel nothing but anguish because you're no longer here. The days since though have been hard, Everywhere I turn, I see something written about you, or something that reminds me of you and that horrible sinking feeling comes back. It takes me to the day you died, and the frustration I felt because I truly believed that God would keep you here because the world so badly needed you.

Your family is doing a great job keeping your memory alive. I can't even begin to imagine how hard it has been for them, but I hope they know that they inspire alot of people.

I hope everythings good up there for you...and I pray that one day we will meet again.

Take care buddy. Always thinking of you

Posted: 2010-11-21 20:34:24

It was so sad Dylan to see your lovely parents again yesterday at the vigil for you.
Their terrible suffering is so obvious.
If only the EPS would come forward with the culprits. Particularly the one that wielded the knife that took your young life.This would not bring you back, but at least your parents would know who did this to you and why. Not knowing makes their suffering so much greater.
Myself, I suffer because I cannot help your parents. I know from own experience around a lad, born May 20th, 1985, how devastating such suffering is. Nothing compares to it. Nothing.
Will these who do these monstrous deeds ever understand?! I fear not!
With a very heavy heart Rena Ostertag, mother of
Sacha and Nala
Edmonton, November 21, 2010

Posted: 2010-11-20 03:15:26

Oh Dylan... what can I say... I would trade everything to see you again, even for an hour, a minute. I'm so sad, I miss you so much.
Love Dad

Posted: 2010-11-20 00:23:42

Four years… and still not a day goes by that I don’t think about you Dylan. It is still so hard to try to put into words, just some of my feelings. This time of year is so tough; all the memories come flooding back about that horrific day. How your young vibrant life was so violently stolen from you, your family, your sweetheart, your friends and your unborn baby girl. It has forever changed every one of us in so many ways. From the way we look at the world. To how much trust we have, or don’t have in society.
I look at all your cousins that were around the same age as you and I see them getting older and how we are all getting older. You on the other hand will never have the opportunity to grow older. I look at the pictures of you and you look so young. I guess you were so young, with so much ahead of you. So many first you will never experience. What a horrible shame. There is so much I am uncertain of now. But one thing I know for sure is we will keep going to Edmonton every year for your vigil until your murderer is brought to justice. I hope and pray that someone who was there that night might grow a conscience as they grow older and come forward with information that will bring your murderer to justice. Love Always: Auntie Bernadette

Posted: 2010-11-19 13:31:31

The previous posting was from Dylan's Grandma Georgina and Grandpa Bill.
Posted: 2010-11-19 13:21:03

Four years today you were taken away, from all of us who love you. It broke our hearts and tore us apart what more can we say. Our hopes and prayers are for a witness or two to reveal the identity of the murderer who so savagely killed you. Friends tell us time will ease the pain But we find the years are harder to bear without you. You left behind a beautiful child, who really truly does need you. We all recall the memorable times we spent togeather. We all would give anything to see your wonderful smile and hear you say, "LOVE YOU", as only Dylan did. You were truly our family treasure and we miss you.
Posted: 2010-11-16 13:35:49

Dylan McGillis 4th Anniversary Stop the Violence! Vigil
On Saturday November 20th, 2010 the McGillis family will hold the “Dylan McGillis 4th Anniversary Stop the Violence” Memorial Vigil on Whyte Avenue and 106 street at 2:00pm. The McGillis family has asked that anyone wishing to speak about Dylan is welcome and encouraged to do so. This is a very tough day for Dylan's family and friends but we have vowed not to stop doing this public vigil while Dylan's killer walks free. “Dylan, always loved…never forgotten”

Posted: 2010-09-28 18:43:14

It’s starting to build already. Missing you seems like a full time job, I tell you that I love you every day. I guess I just need to feel you and for you to give me one of those hugs that you would give me.  I love you Dilly, god and I think everyone knows that. I can’t seem to get this sadness in check, every morning every night I wish that god would just let me see you and for you to tell me that you are okay where you are. ??? Is there such a place??? Or is the place we laid you... it??? I drives me crazy some days, trying to keep believing so it makes me feel better.... I wish god would let me talk with you my baby boy. I do believe that many people think of you too, stay close to your little girl and keep her safe, happy and loved. Love you Mom
Posted: 2010-07-27 23:29:34

Miss you so much. People that say time heals all, they are so wrong I miss you just as much, I cry just as much as I did that day. I know you protected me in my roll over on July 5th thanx Dylan cant wait to see you yet again youre the best
Posted: 2010-07-03 18:06:03

OMG your 24 today. I wish you were here to hug and kiss. I some what smile today, for its your birthday and thats a good thing. I miss you sooo much. Take care of all of us and keep us out of harms way, and we promise to cloak that little girl of yours with all the love we can without spoiling her to much. LOL
It is about time to go and have cake with you and your family and friends. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY BABY BOY. I love you Dill. :)

Posted: 2010-07-03 14:29:24

Happy Birthday Dilly, I love you and miss you!
Posted: 2010-07-03 10:33:19

Thinking of you today...."24"
Posted: 2010-06-22 18:19:18

I was nice to see your family all together on fathers day, hope that becomes a annual event. Your two girls are beutiful, bet you are proud.
Posted: 2010-05-29 00:58:24

Miss u Dylan
Posted: 2010-05-18 21:55:12

Awhhh... Dylan. I haven't stopped by the website in quite some time and now, with tears pouring from my eyes, I remember why. You brought so much joy to all those around you and I can't imagine someone so evil to have the nerve to take such a kind loving person away from us. Reading the messages of how you affacted your family, friends, and strangers just tears a person apart. I will NEVER forget you Dyl. Stay beautiful. Much love.
Posted: 2010-05-09 19:10:16

Just thinking of the time when you and I went for coffee on Mothers Day, love to have you here to love me up the way you always could. Miss you baby, I hold you tight in my heart and my mind. :) forever
Posted: 2010-03-23 19:35:04

Every day Dilly, every day I think of you. :)
Posted: 2010-03-10 22:51:53

dearest parents of dylan'im so very sorry that this has happened,i live in saskatoon sask,our friend was murdered as well.his name was justin sprout,we hurt every second of the day,and yes justins murderer was sentenced to a whole 6 months in jail.the person who did this is so spineless and such a coward that he had to stab him and murder him,ya what a tuff guy,and every person that stood there to watch,you are just as guilty as the one who stabbed him.you will be judged all as one ,,,,do the right thing.may god be with the families
Posted: 2010-02-02 20:33:17

I'm listening to that song too, I really miss you, so many lives will never be the same without you. I gave your daughter a great big hug from you this past weekend. I love you and miss you so much!

Posted: 2010-01-30 04:40:48

Miss you so much Dylan. My life will never be the same without you. Listenin to the song they played at youre funeral hear you me by jimmy eat world.You are the greatest person Ive ever and will ever have the pleasure of meeting miss you so much :(

Posted: 2010-01-25 22:08:43

I think of you everyday, wishing you were here, are lives are boring without you. You made us laugh and smile and I truly miss that.
Posted: 2009-12-23 20:23:30

To the person posted on the 23rd:

There needs to be more people like your family, people who actually care about others and about what is right and wrong. You have done the right thing, but please don't stop because the authorities don't seem to care. I know the parents of the boy who was stabbed care, I care, any decent human being should care because if no one cared this world would be alot scarier than it is now. On behalf of the boy's parents...Thank you and please don't give up trying to report this to the police.
Have a Merry Christmas.

Dylan's Dad

Posted: 2009-12-22 20:38:20

Its so hard this time of year without you Dylan. Miss you!
Posted: 2009-12-21 14:04:30

my 16y/o daughter was witness to a stabbing at the mall in front of her school. i went to the police to report it and after all weeken tring to get a hold of the cop in charge, they only took her name, address, and phone#. this poor boy laid in front of her bleeding the snow red, and they never wanted a witness statement, NOTHING. the boy who was stabbed, was taunted, pepper sprayed, and then stabbed. my daughter was willing to do the right thing, but was brushed off. i told her of poor dylan, and she cryed, we still don't know if the boy who was stabbed if is fine. it took all weeken to find the cop in charge of her case. how many other people would of gave up by then? i called crime stoppers, the station in my area, the down town station, victim services, and serveral cops before i found the cop i needed to. but he only passed my daughter's account aside. how sad. i wonder if this has happened to others?
Posted: 2009-12-03 14:51:33

i never knew you dylan..this is so sad.i hope whoever took you is brought to justice.i pray the lord stands by your babygirl.may your family continue having hope and faith.god bless.-sarah-
Posted: 2009-12-01 23:32:11

Dylan, I can't help but think about back when we were younger we used to cruize around town in that cool little white box car, for days on end we pushed that thing everywhere. I just watched the crimestoppers video again, and it brought back memories of those days. I can't help to think that some low life is out there with this on there shoulders, worried every second of everyday that someone might come fwd with some info, i hope for your sake dylan and your families sake that this someone will come out and will turn in the info so that your killer can serve justice, thoughts are still with your family bud.

Posted: 2009-11-25 12:32:42

I neglected to thank the generous, thoughtful women at lululemons for pitching in to buy hot chocolate and timbits for everyone at the vigil. It not only warmed everyone's insides, but it was heartwarming to have people care the way they did! Thank you!
Posted: 2009-11-23 18:27:14

We would like to thank all the family, friends and good people we met yesterday for coming out to the Vigil, we really appreciate all the support. We would also like to thank the media for all the coverage, hopefully it will help to push someone to come forward with information about the killer. It's really an emotionally draining time for many people, but it's really nice to see how much all of you care about Dylan.

Thank you all!
Dylan's Family

Posted: 2009-11-23 12:56:54

Our hearts go out to Dylan's parents, grand-parents and siblings on the 3rd anniversary of him being murdered so cowardly and dastardly. We cannot believe that the EPS cannot come forward with the 15 people who did this.
B. Hughes
Sascha Ostertag
D. Williams
Edmonton, Alberta

Posted: 2009-11-21 00:32:08

We think about you all the time, we understand your pain, I pray the person or persons who stole your beautiful son will come forward, the truth will set you free,to the McGillies and family, our love support and prayers are with you all, we know the hurt and the pain you are suffering. Justice for all victimns love Joshua Hunt's Aunty Debbie and uncle Calvin Powers and Hunt family!!!!!!
Posted: 2009-11-19 19:34:56

Hey Dilly!
still missing and thinking of you every day, your dad is right who ever said "time heals all" dose not know the meaning of losing some one they love. I hope you know that you are missed every day that goes by and we are praying that they will catch the a** holes that did this to you. Love you always and forever Dilly i will never forget they way you used to make me laugh. On Dilly ur soo funny, i wish i could still say that to you but thank-you for making it possible for me to know how to really laugh. I love you buddy love always you cousin Alicia

Posted: 2009-11-19 14:10:34

Thinking of you on this dreadful day. It doesn't seem to get any better. Love to hear from you.
Kelly and Shelley

Posted: 2009-11-19 13:41:50

We will be having The Third Memorial Vigil for Dylan again on the corner of 106th Street and Whyte Ave. (82 Ave.) in Edmonton, AB. on Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 2:00PM MST. Anyone wishing to speak about Dylan is welcome and encouraged to do so. This is a very tough day for Dylan's family and friends but we have vowed not to stop doing this public vigil while Dylan's killer walks free.

It still hurts so much, especially today. It all floods back and seems so fresh. All the terrible memories of this day three years ago overpower all the good memories of you over the years. I would do anything to have you back. We all miss you so much. Whoever said "time heals all" didn't know you, because no amount of time will ever heal the pain of losing you!

Somewhere beyond the shadows
Dwells a dear, dear son of mine,
Whom we looked on as a treasure,
Whom we cherished as divine.
How we miss the welcome footsteps
Of the one we loved so dear;
Oft we listen for him coming,
Fully sure that he is near.
The blow was great, the shock severe,
We little thought the end was near,
Only those who have lost can tell
How sad is parting, with no farewell.
Thou art gone but not forgotten,
Fresh our love will ever be,
For as long as there is memory,
We will always think of thee.
Forget you Dylan, we never will,
As years roll by, we miss you still.

I love you Dylan!

Posted: 2009-11-19 12:20:14

Cant believe its been 3 years already Dylan miss ya bud :(
Posted: 2009-11-18 13:02:32


We little knew that morning that God was going to all your name,

In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone,

For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide,

And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,

But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

Posted: 2009-11-17 16:04:59

God how I hate this time of year.....holidays, birthdays, any time that used to be fun.....
Posted: 2009-11-10 22:58:33

I miss you so much Dylan.
I've been thinking about you a lot lately, especially as the dreaded November 19th comes closer, and again we must face another year without you.
It's so hard to think that someone so amazing has been taken away from us, still seems so surreal.
I love you Dilly.
Thinking of you always and forever!!!

Posted: 2009-11-10 02:20:08

We think of you guys often. We know your pain the pain that never goes away. We hope to see you guys again soon. Please know we are always with you and you are in our prayers. Trust in God he will deal with this. The Hunt family.
Posted: 2009-10-19 18:06:56

I miss you Dill Pickle and have been thinking about you lots lately.I really wish you never got hurt the way you did and I really wish I could see you and Daelyn together. Much love, Kayelani J.
Posted: 2009-10-11 16:33:33

I don't like holidays without you, missing you
Posted: 2009-09-17 10:30:07

Hey bud...... I wish you were here so that you could set a few people on the straight and narrow! Please send some help from above.
Posted: 2009-09-14 18:00:10

Missing you so much
Posted: 2009-07-14 22:41:29

Today your beautiful little daughter is two years old. I took a picture of her and Grandma Marlene at your grave-site on what SHOULD have been your 23rd birthday. When I developed the picture it shook your old Grandma to the core to see the close resemblance between Daelyn and you when you were that age. Your Auntie Bernadette noticed the same resemblance as soon as she saw the picture. It should have made me happy but I cried. She is a lovely little girl Dylan. We all miss you so much and wish you were here for her……………….Love from Grandma McGillis
Posted: 2009-07-03 12:05:52

Dylan not a day goes by when I don’t think about you. Especially today which should have been your 23rd Birthday, how very, very sad. I know you will be watching down from heaven when your family and friends gather at your grave sight tonight. Loving and Missing You Forever Dylan, Auntie Bernadette
Posted: 2009-07-03 07:05:50

Happy Birthdy Baby, your 23 now, I smile thinking of you and cry missing you. You always loved birthdays or any holiday involving getting gifts.LOL Can you feel me I am giving you the biggest hug right now. Love you baby
Posted: 2009-06-21 16:55:51

Happy Fathers Day, Dylan. sending you all my love
Posted: 2009-06-11 22:34:31

Hay buddy, I thought about you alot this week. I miss you so much. Wish you were here.
Posted: 2009-05-17 21:41:47

Hey Dylan

I miss you...thinking of you always

Posted: 2009-04-28 11:28:21

Hi Dylan!
It's been a while since I wrote on here.
Just know I think about you every day, and it still hurts just as much as 2 years ago. I miss you so much!!! I wish you were here for family functions, everytime I look around and there's always one person missing is so upsetting. I miss the times when the WHOLE family would get together.
I love you Dylan.
Justice will be SERVED!!!

Posted: 2009-04-16 18:47:36

I thought I seen you driving downtown today dillie, little bugger, you where speeding too,
ya put a smile on my face today, thank you dil.

Posted: 2009-04-05 18:41:49

im so
very sorry

Posted: 2009-03-08 14:08:54

Hey Dilly its been two years and i still think about you every single day. Its not the same without, and miss you so much. We all miss you so much. I went to visit your mom a couple weeks ago and she gave me a bunch of your old shirts. So i been rock'n them like their brand new thinking about every time i seen you wear one of them. Shit gets f*@#ed up sometimes but i know you got my back buddy. well always have our memories.. Love you dylan always: Shane
Posted: 2009-03-01 15:00:16

I hope that someone comes through and tells some info. It is really sad to think how many people were hurt from this and nobody knows "anything".
Posted: 2009-01-19 18:58:41

oh sorry, that's from jessica heitt, just incase someone was wonderin :)
Posted: 2009-01-19 18:57:00

STILL MISSIN YOU DYLAN!!!! Madison talks about you all the time and calls u on her toy phones when she wants to talk to you. i told her that you can hear her anytime she talks to you, and i know you can so i hope your enjoyin her chattiness. she is verry talkative, and i hear her talkin to you at least once a day, usually she doesn't know im watchin her, but it's just so sweet, i can't help myself.
Posted: 2009-01-17 05:41:52

Hey Dylan,
Just been thinking about you a lot lately, wishing I could hear your voice, see your smile and give u a hug. I miss you so much. Its still so surreal to me. I can't believe you are gone. And I dont want to accept that. It hurts to much to face reality. But in the end we have to accept it and we have to work towards trying to find this murderer. I will not rest until that F&#&er is found.
I love you soooo much and I wish I told you that before you were taken away from us.
I have one regret, one time when I seen you for the first time in quite a few years, I barely talked to you because I was shy. Had i known that was the last time i would ever see you again, i would have told you how much you mean to me and how much i love you. I will always live with that regret.
Justice will be served.

Posted: 2008-12-26 00:12:04

Merry Christmas Dilly!!!
I miss you and I am always thinking about you. I wish you could be here tomorrow, its the McGillis Christmas and it truly wont be the same without you. Thinking of you always missing you forever. Love your cousin Alicia

Posted: 2008-12-25 15:29:15

I miss you so much Dylan! Everyone misses you so much! Nothing will ever be the same without you here.

Love Dad

Posted: 2008-12-19 17:02:12

After knowing what has happened to the Murderer of Shane Rolston, and now with the acquital of Josh Hunt's murderer, it there even any point in trying to find your murderer?......going through all the hell again and again only to have the murderer walk free!!!! I ache all over Dylan....help us!!! Help us all!!!
Posted: 2008-12-08 15:04:12

Im in disbelief. IM lost. And i dont know what to think. Since the night that u died and sitting cold in ur funeral, a wave of darkness has settled upon me. I want it lifted.
From the bottom of my heart, i believe they will catch this person. Until then.

Posted: 2008-12-06 19:36:21

I had a dream about you last night and when I woke up I was sad because it was a dream. I wish you were here today. I miss you lots I love you. From Dustin McGillis
Posted: 2008-12-05 23:44:32

i miss you so much dyl.
i wish it would get easier.
but it doesn't.
someone must have clues of who commited this sin.
i am begging you:
please clear your conscience.
it takes a simple telephone call.

Posted: 2008-12-02 17:40:48

The following is from a letter that Dylan’s Grandpa Bill, my dad, wrote to us last Dec 5, 2007 while in California for the winter. At that time he had asked me to put this on Dylan’s web-site, but I had miss filed it and just came across it recently, so I thought I would post it now, even though it’s a year old.

It has now been over a year since we lost Dylan. What a tough year it’s been, not only for the McGillis family, but for the Wakefield family too with the passing of Dylan’s Grandpa Clem and Grandma Margret. We find it hard to talk to Grant about memories of Dylan as you can see the tears well up in his eyes right away. When we are spending a quiet evening at home, I will often glance up from reading the newspaper or watching tv and catch Grandma sitting there quietly sobbing with the tears streaming down her cheeks. Last Mother’s Day, Grandma wanted to visit Dylan’s grave and it just broke our hearts to drive up to the grave site and find Marlene lying on the cold ground beside his grave.

We are so proud of everyone for all the strength they have shown attending all the Vigils, walks and obtaining 25,000 signatures to present to Parliament. This in memory of Dylan and his web-site they set up to Stop the Violence and to put some teeth in our laws. We are also grateful for the support we have received from our extended families. It has been heartwarming to read all of the tributes and memories of Dylan from his family and friends on his web-site. I have so many wonderful memories of Dylan but one in particular stands out in my mind. When Dylan was three years old, we used to periodically babysit either him or Alicia who was also three years old. Since Grandma and I used to ride our bikes a lot in those days, I mounted a second seat on the crossbar of my bike between my seat and the handle bars so we could either take Dylan or Alicia for a bike ride. I would cradle them between my arms and it worked out rather well. On one such an occasion, we were riding south of town when Dylan pointed to the cemetery and asked what it was. I told him that’s where they buried dead people. Since I’m noted for not always using the best choice of words, I added that “one day they will put Grandpa in a hole in the ground there”. Dylan turned and looked up at me and said in his raspy little voice “don’t worry Grandpa, I’ll pull you out”! Dylan was the REAL DEAL! Even at three years of age, Dylan was always ready to give someone a hand. Now Dylan needs a hand. Surely there is someone out there that has enough guts to put Dylan’s killer behind bars. This is for Dylan’s family, for Natasha and for their beautiful little daughter Daelyn, not for vengeance, but to help close the door on that horrific night that someone took Dylan’s life. You have been carrying a burden of guilt for over a year now by protecting this individual and he does not deserve your protection. Do the right thing and put him away before he hurts or murders someone else. Now, even a year after Dylan’s death, it is hard to think of him as gone. As we look to the future, I still think Marissa’s words hold true as we remember Dylan.
“We have to accept that he is gone, and say not in grief, he is no more, but live in thankfulness that he was”.
Luv Ya Dylan
Grandpa McGillis

Posted: 2008-11-27 17:25:10

You are sadly missed Dillybar--We are having a family Christmas get togther this weekend & you will be there in our memories.I WISH you could somehow come walking into the hall with the rest of the family--even for a day--even for an hour.When I see a black Mustang I still look to see if it is you. I hope that habit never goes away because even if the driver looks like you I wave & smile but the sadness soon follows.You came from a good family & good things happen to good people so it won't be long until justice is done.

Posted: 2008-11-23 13:46:07

Sorry we were unable to make it yesterday. We have beem gearing up for the trial which is scheduled to start tomorrow (25 months after Josh was killed). We pray that the killer that killed Dylan is found soon he needs to be brought to justice. Our love and care goes out to you all. We hope to see you soon. Gary Hunt and Family.
Posted: 2008-11-19 22:10:31

I don't know what to say Dilly, it's been another tough day without you here! It's so hard to go to your grave and see your mother laying there, covered in a blanket spending the day with her son. There are so many people that suffer everyday since you have been taken from us and that will not change. I'm so afraid, not for me but for everyone I care about. I often think, if this can happen to you, why can't it happen to someone else I love. I'm afraid of the way some people can take a life and have no remorse. I'm afraid that some people can watch a murder or know someone who has killed another person and not say anything to the police. I'm so afraid that this is becoming the norm for some people.... We are getting closer Dylan and we will not rest until your killer is brought to justice, I can promise you that. To the people who were there that night: You may have done some bad things in your life and feel ashamed of these, but by turning in the killer, you can now redeem yourself and prove that you are a decent human being and worthy of another chance. Change your life for the better! If you stay on the path you're on, maybe you'll be the next one to fall victim to violence. Karma has a way of righting the wrongs! Someone sho has done so much damage, does not deserve your protection! Please, call the Edmonton Police Service now!
I love you Dylan, now and forever!


Posted: 2008-11-19 19:58:15

Well Dylan it has been two years now since I had to say goodbye to you . That day in the hospital still haunts me. To think how how such a great and caring young man could be taken away from us in such a senseless and brutal fashion. The cowards who did this will pay the price sooner or later,but it will do little to ease the pain and suffering they have caused our family. I know that you are watching over your beautiful daughter,and will help her grow into a great person , just like her dad.I thnk about you every day, and miss you so much. Much Love Uncle Mke.
Posted: 2008-11-19 15:55:51

Wow, two years... there are still times that I am in utter disbelief. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of you or your family. I pray for them, and everyone who's lives you touched that they find the heartless b*@#*@ds that did this to you. It's hard for time to heal wounds, when they are ripped open every time there is an ounce of hope that they have found a new suspect or clue in your murder. Unfortunatly I won;t be ablke to make it to White Ave this weekend to celebrate the amazing person you are. I haven't been able to go there since you were murdered. It hurts too much. I miss you so much. XXXOOO
Posted: 2008-11-19 15:00:17

Well Dylan it’s been 2 Years today since you had your life so savagely taken away from you. This is such a horrible day for all of us. Not a day goes by when I don’t think of you. This should never have happened to such a kind, generous, loving person. You just can’t make sense of it and I guess we never will. So many tears have fallen for you sometimes without warning. I can’t even begin to tell you how this has affected our lives and still continues to. It has totally changed how I see the world and I’m afraid it is not for the better. I wish someone would speak up. It makes me sick to think people can do such a terrible thing. Then even the people that were there that night when you were beaten and stabbed and no one has come forward yet. I don’t know how these people live with themselves knowing what they know. I pray your killer will be caught. I know it isn’t going to bring you back. But the thought of this murderer still walking the streets haunts me. I hope you will have justice one day very soon. Love Always – Auntie Bernadette
Posted: 2008-11-19 12:31:47

On this the two year anniversary of Dylan’s Murder, and they still haven’t caught the slime who did it, I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. I have been contemplating the fact that there is absolutely nothing I can do about it either. I was sitting here crying, yet again, re-reading all the posts to this site. Then I realized there is something I can do…….I can write to the policy makers of Canada and Alberta. I have resent a letter that Grant (Dylan’s Dad) sent, in the hopes that, if nothing else, at least we can possibly change the outcome for any new victims of violence. I urge you to do the same. I have listed a few of the e-mail addresses below. Just copy and paste them into the “TO” of your e-mail. You can most certainly use a copy of the subject line and letter as well, or feel free to write your own. Either way, don’t just sit there!!!

webadmin@justice.gc.ca,stony.plain@assembly.ab.ca,pm@pm.gc.ca, LTGov@gov.ab.ca,calgary.elbow@assembly.ab.ca
Subject Line: Enough is Enough
Dear Alberta Minister of Justice, Honorable Alison Redford; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Honorable Robert Douglas Nicholson; Alberta Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security, Honorable Fred Lindsay; Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Stephen Harper; and Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Honorable Norman L. Kwong:
We are the parents, family and friends of Dylan Cole McGillis, a 20 year old father-to-be who was brutally swarmed, beaten and fatally stabbed in an unprovoked attack November 19, 2006 on Whyte Avenue, Edmonton, AB. On this day, the two-year anniversary of his passing, I am writing to you.
As you are well aware violent offences committed by young offenders and young people are escalating at an alarming rate all across our country. This is a very serious problem that must be addressed now to save our children and families from becoming victims of violence.
We have drafted , circulated, and are continuing to circulate a petition that was, and will continue to be, presented to the House of Commons requesting legislation be introduced whereby violent offenders are subject to mandatory minimum sentences regardless of age. There has to be deterrents to make violent criminals think twice before they commit violent offences. We strongly believe that more funding is required for educating young people on how to solve disputes peacefully, rehabilitation programs and new correctional facilities so that judges are less likely to release repeat and violent offenders prematurely because of institutional overcrowding . These suggestions all come with a price tag, but Canadians should be asked “What is your child or loved one’s life worth?” Violent crimes can happen to any of us!
We feel that judges need to be held accountable to Canadians for the lenient sentences handed out to repeat and violent offenders when many continue to re-offend. As with any position of employment, if you are not performing your duties to your employers’ satisfaction, Canadians should find someone who will. Maybe judges should be elected so the Canadian tax payers can impose their democratic will in the sentencing of the violent offenders who prey upon society.
On March 3, 2007, the families and friends of Dylan held a petition signing in Lloydminster, SK/AB. In nine hours, at six locations, we collected signatures of approximately 25% of Lloydminster residents and this number did not include those who had previously signed. On a per capita basis, this is an overwhelming indication of how strongly Canadians support stiffer penalties for violent offenders. We believe that if a plebiscite was held in Canada regarding mandatory minimum sentences for violent offenders and revamping the extremely inadequate Youth Criminal Justice Act, a vast majority of Canadians would support these initiatives. This would eliminate some politicians and political parties from pushing their own beliefs and party lines on the Canadian tax payers. After all, in a democratic society, the government should represent and echo the voice of those constituents who have elected them.
In closing, we are aware of the current government’s commitment to strengthening the justice system in Canada, but it is time that decent, law-abiding Canadians send this message to every political party in an effort to STOP THE VIOLENCE; ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
On behalf of Dylan Cole McGillis, 1986-2006, his family, friends and the thousands of Canadians who have and will be victims of violence, thank you. We look forward to your response. Please visit http://www.dylanmcgillis.ca/


Posted: 2008-11-19 10:25:17

In Loving Memory of Dylan Cole McGillis - July 3, 1986 - November 19, 2006

When you were a baby,
Your eyes were big and blue;
They were filled with wonderment ,
And full of love too.

As a toddler you looked up to your brother;
For he could do no wrong.
You were like his shadow;
That was never gone too long.

Your little sister adored you,
Every single day,
And you always looked out for her,
Each step of the way.

Your friends all admired you
For your charm and wit.
You always got the laugh
And never did quit.

As parents we couldn’t have been more proud,
Watching you grow into a fine young man.
You cared about others feelings,
And would always lend a hand.

Your daughter was born,
And although you did not meet,
We know there is a special place in her heart;
That she will forever keep.

Time doesn’t heal,
Knowing you are gone;
But through the people you have touched,
Your spirit will live on.

Forever Missed....Love Dad, Lisa and Families

Posted: 2008-11-19 10:22:06

We think of you in silence,
We often speak your name;
But all we have are memories,
And your picture in a frame.

No one knows the sorrow we share;
When the family meets and you’re not there.
We laugh, we smile, and we all play our parts;
But behind it all, lie broken hearts.

Gone is the face we loved so dear,
Silent is the voice we loved to hear;
Too far away for sight or speech,
But not too far for thought to reach.

We hold our tears when we speak your name
But the ache in our hearts remains the same.
Memories don't fade, they just grow deep.
For the one we loved but could not keep.

Your resting place we visit,
Place flowers there with care;
But no one knows the heartache,
As we turn and leave you there.

In memory of Dylan, who once was here,
And who, though absent, is just as dear.


Posted: 2008-11-18 15:13:57

We often sit and think of him when we are alone,
For memory is the only friend that grief can call its own;
Like ivy on the withered oak, when other things decay,
Our love for him will still be green, and never fade away.

Posted: 2008-11-18 15:06:39

Sad are the hearts that loved you, silent are the tears that fall.
Living lives without you, is the hardest part of all.
You did so many things for us, your heart was kind and true.
And when we needed someone most, we could always count on you.
Those special years will not return, when we were all together.
But with the love within our hearts, you will walk with us forever.
Your place on earth none can fill, we love you Dylan, and always will.

Missing you......Lisa

Posted: 2008-11-18 14:27:25

We are Dylan's Grandma and Grandpa sitting in the California Desert and wishing we were home with our family so we could go to White Avenue this weekend. Lonly feelings for us and Grandma if she could would say "Oh Dylan, 2 years without you has been hell on earth. We love and miss you so much".R
Posted: 2008-11-18 14:25:19

We will be gathering on Whyte Ave. again this year to remember Dylan, so if anyone would like to say anything they are very welcome to do so. We are hoping that someone will come forward with any information about Dylan murder, if they see all his family and friends strong and united. We will be gathering at 2:00pm on the corner of 106-82 Ave.
Posted: 2008-11-17 18:10:53

I did not know Dylan, nor do I know his family and friends. I am a father of two little boys living in the Edmonton area and I am formerly from Lloydminster. This tragedy has touched me very deeply since it happened and I commend Dylan's family for continuing their crusade to find the murderers and bring some sort of closure to this case, although, I realize the word "closure" only applies to finding the criminals and bringing them to justice. All the best at this difficult time of year.
Posted: 2008-11-15 17:20:49

i just wanted to write and say i'm sorry that you are gone dylan. your killer will be caught eventually, in the mean time i am writing to the prime minister on tougher punishments to have these types of people locked away for life. i do not agree that these types of people are walking the streets at night while children are playing close by and people just turn and walk away. whom ever knows who did this to dylan PLEASE LET THE POLICE KNOW, there needs to be more heros in this world. violence in this world NEEDS to stop. you'll be sadly missed dylan!
Posted: 2008-11-12 19:16:09

I have hurt but empty feelings when i think about u. Its just not real. Its been almost 2 years and im trying to get it to sink in. I luv Daelyn soo much shes real cute and such a character. She knows who you are too, i just wish she could meet you. I babysat her the other night and she points to the sky and says Dada. I shook.
I hope to god they catch who did this. I have a strong feeling they will, but it wont bring u back. At least it would bring some peace and justice to your family. Miss you Dylan

Posted: 2008-10-30 17:32:37

Hey buddy, as the two year anniversary of your death approaches, I sit here once again pondering God's plan for us all. What is it that he was trying to teach us by taking you away? The answer is still unknown. Sometimes it feels like you've only been gone for a few days, as I can still remember everything about you so clearly. The next day, it seems like decades because I would give almost anything to see you again. I thank God everyday that I had you in my life, but curse him for making it such a short time. I often think of how unfair it is that your daughter never got to meet you, you would have been the most amazing father. And it's so unfair that you and Natasha never got the chance to get married, everyone knows that you were, and still are soul mates. I have never known two people that fit together so perfectly. It's too bad that the people that did this to you never got to see the two of you together, maybe this would never have happened. Till we meet again, I love you and miss you.
Posted: 2008-10-19 14:06:56

CTV Edmonton (CFRN TV) is doing a segment on cold case files and Dylan's murder will be one of them. It will be on October 23rd on the evening new (6:00pm). There is a new video and on it is a "person of interest" so please watch and if you recognize this person phone crimestoppers or the police. Thanks
Posted: 2008-10-18 03:43:38

still missing you dylan, nemy is commin along very nicely, and we framed the letter your mom wrote for her, it's always up on the wall, and one day it will be on the wall in her home. but yes, what i want to say is we still miss u buddy, and we talk about you pretty much daily, madison says she's happy that your safe and happy in heaven with her greatgramma, and im sure she's right! MISS YOU MISS YOU!!!!
Posted: 2008-09-15 19:39:37

My name is melody davis i am very sorry for what happen to dylan.
Posted: 2008-09-07 12:20:28

It’s been 94 weeks today since you were murdered and it’s been a very tough time for us Dylan. I have decided to write on your site as today is Grandparents Day and like so many other special days you won’t be here to celebrate. You were only 6 years old and in Grade 1 when you made us a card for Grandparents Day. You brought it over to our house and we were so pleased. We still have the card, which we treasure, but no Grandson Dylan which is so devastating to all of our family. There isn’t a single day when you are not thought of and many tears are shed and I guess this isn’t going to end. We miss you so much and it’s hard to celebrate birthdays, Mothers Day, Fathers Day and special times without you. We recently celebrated our 50th Anniversary with our family. We had your picture there and a candle lit in your memory but no Dylan. It’s so unacceptable that you were murdered and there were so many people on Whyte Avenue on November 19, 2006. Not 1 person with a conscience will speak up so the murderer is not accountable nor is the crowd who witnessed it. DO YOU KNOW WHO MURDERED OUR GRANDSON? Call Crime Stoppers please at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). There is a $40,000.00 REWARD from the E.P.C. As Grandparents we should not have to go to a grave site to visit our Grandson nor should your baby daughter to visit her Daddy and call your picture “Dadda”. SPEAK UP SOMEBODY FOR HEAVENS SAKE. We all love and miss you so much Dylan. Grandma & Grandpa McGillis
Posted: 2008-08-29 00:09:15

Hey Dylan havent wrote in a while just wanted to say hi and I miss and love you so much
Posted: 2008-07-03 23:36:44

happy birthday dilly , i had to run to edmonton today sorry i missed your party love cousin shelly
Posted: 2008-07-03 17:16:37

Hi Dylan, It's hard for me to wish you a Happy Birthday because like every other special day it's not happy without you here! So many people hurt and miss you so much that it's hard to describe. It will soon be two years since you were murdered and it doesn't get any easier. I miss you so much. I love you!

Posted: 2008-06-16 17:04:41

To the killer and those who know who the killer is;
Yesterday I took my grandaughter to Dylan's grave, so that she could visit her Dad and I could visit my Son on Father's Day. As soon as we arrived, she started pointing at Dylan's picture and saying "Da Da" and then would clap her hands with excitment. She was one day over eleven months old, knows who her Dad is, but will never have a Father's Day with him....so sad! I will never watch Dylan become the Great Dad I know he would have been. I will never spend another moment with him, let alone another Father's Day. You can't imagine what you have done to us, you have killed part of everyone who loves Dylan. Try to imagine what you would feel if someone had brutally murdered your child or your father. I say "try" to imagine, because you really can't know until it happens. Someone has to do the right thing and turn this killer in. If your morality won't force you to do the right thing, maybe you should know that the Edmonton Police Commission has approved a $40,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the murderer. This killer will be caught, it's just a matter of time, so you may as well turn him in and collect the reward money.

I love you Dylan!

Posted: 2008-06-15 18:56:22

Happy First Fathers Day Dilly,

Isn't she beutiful, she so close to walking hey. We all are helping to make sure she is happy and healthy. We wish you were here to enjoy her and we could enjoy you and her together.

Loving you always,

Posted: 2008-05-28 17:14:27

We all missed you Dylan at the 50th Anniversary.

Lots of tears fell as we watched the slideshow, and as everyone shared some memories of you.
We knew you were watching over us and were with us that night, but it wasn't the same.
We wish you were there in person.
Hard to believe it's been this long, and yet it still feels as thought it was yesterday.
Just know we're thinking of you always.
LOVE and MISS you SOOOO MUCH Dylan!!!

Posted: 2008-04-28 10:38:15

For anyone who knows something about the death of my nephew did YOU know you can now text message crimestoppers NOW Please help us
Auntie Connie

Posted: 2008-04-13 19:52:02

i posted photos of the s.o.s silent march againt biolent crime walk, check them out and hope to see ALL of you next year!!!!!!!! http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=32448&id=678097750
Posted: 2008-04-13 16:52:27

Well we all really missed you at Grandpa and Grandmas 50th but i knew you were there watching over all of us love ya!
Posted: 2008-04-08 15:18:16

Here's a beautiful poem i found and thought of Dylan.

A Beautiful Angel
A son,a cousin, a father, a brother, a grandson, an uncle, a friend
A meaningful life that suddenly ends
An angel is what he was meant to be
Now think of all that he can see.
Watching over his family night and day
Saying I love you in his own specail way.
In the night we sleep and the day we cry
While he watches us all from his star in the sky

Sarah K

Posted: 2008-04-04 17:04:25

The second annual SOS Silent March for Justice will be held this year on Saturday April 12, 2008 1:00 pm at Churchill Square in Edmonton, AB. The rally will commence at Churchill Square and the Silent March will proceed down Jasper Ave. and end at the Alberta Legislature Buildings. This will also kick off the National Victims Week Canada wide. Even though there was a very large turn out last year we have been informed that there will be an even better turn out this year. There will be professional sport teams, EFD Members, MLA's, MP's, City Councilors as well as other victim groups and a very large number of supporters. Everyone is welcome, please come show your support and bring as many people as possible. We look forward to seeing you there. It’s time to “STOP THE VIOLENCE”
Posted: 2008-04-01 17:05:03

Hey Dill not a day goes bud that i dont think about you man, miss yah
Posted: 2008-03-26 21:12:50

Hey Dylan miss ya so much LOVE YA ALWAYS
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Posted: 2008-02-10 13:50:41

We have put a link on Dylan's home page to the Crime Stoppers re-enactment of Dylan's murder. Many times I have read through all the postings on Dylan's site and everytime it is so emotional to see how his brutal murder has impacted so many people's lives, even many that never knew him. Dylan was one of a kind and with his death, so many lives have changed for ever. Reading through the postings, I think about all the wonderful people who have paid tribute to Dylan, offered condolences, prayers and comforting words to our families and thank each and every one of you. All of these things have helped our families to cope over the last 15 months since Dylan was stolen from us. So many postings reflect upon the kind of selfless person Dylan was, always aware of others feelings, willing to be the peace keeper and lend a helping hand. Now he needs everyones help to capture his killer. The help we all need is everyones' voices. We need to continue to tell people about this terrible tragedy with hopes of someone coming forward with the crucial piece of evidence it will take to arrest his killer. Please be Dylan's voice as we all seek JUSTICE!

We all love and miss you Dylan and we will find justice for you.

Love Dad

Posted: 2008-01-26 16:26:11

Hey Dilly, I miss you but you know that! Nicole and my Dad miss you. I love you

Love, Dustin

Posted: 2008-01-18 01:09:42

Hey Dylan whats up bud cant believe its been this long since ive seen your beautiful smile MISS YA TONS... Ive started a group on www.facebook.com in loving memory of Dylan so if anyone has facebook join the group and add people please!!
Posted: 2008-01-08 19:59:40

I happened to stumble across this incredibly beautiful and heart wrenching tribute to Dylan. I am an long time advocate for law changes regarding Domestic violence. The entire legal system does indeed need an overhaul. My family has lived in and around the Whyte Avenue area for many generations. I left Edmonton 16 years ago to get away from violence. I hope whoever did this is caught and justice is served. I know it will not bring your son back. I have children and cannot imagine your pain. Lets get the laws changed and put a stop to violence.

C St-Onge

Posted: 2007-12-26 02:37:33

Well Dylan, another Christmas without you. Today was even worse than last year, I guess last Christmas we were still numb from burying you the month before. Time doesn't heal all, we all miss you more than words can describe. Today was one of those days... filled with so many emotions, recalling past Christmas's, so much sadness and so much anger. Christmas shouldn't be about anger, but that was what I felt the most of today. I try not to let it get to me because I know it effects everyone I love and those who love me in a negative way. I can't help but be angry when I think back to when you were a little boy on Christmas morning or even when you were a young man, acting like a little boy handing out the gifts to everyone and then to think of watching you slowly die in the hospital. We are here, left to try and pick up the pieces and struggle through our lives when the animal who murdered you is able to spend Christmas with their loved ones. This just isn't right! What is wrong with the people that witnessed or know who stabbed you? How can they go this long and not come forward? What has become of society when a brutal murder can happen with that many people involved (in the initial beating) and yet more than a year later nobody has the decency or morality to turn the killer in??? Here we are today, Christmas day, watching the Crimestoppers re-enactment of your murder on tv. What a Christmas! I wasn't going to write anything on here today, because I am so angry but I thought about it and decided...I'm not wrong to feel this way...savages have stolen someone wonderful and good from us and they deserve to be punished for what they have done! Dylan, we will never give up and YOU WILL HAVE JUSTICE! I miss you, I love you and I always will.

Love Dad

Posted: 2007-12-25 00:36:08

Dylan, It's been a year since I wrote a letter on your site.I'm a better talker than a writer. We were at your one year vigil in Edmonton about a month ago.I can't believe that no one has been caught. Then again while we were at your vigil that day a street person came up towards the end of it. He was looking for money and was a different sort of guy. He talked to your dad and said how sorry he was for his loss. Well it was about 2 and a half weeks later and this same guy is featured on crime stoppers. Apparently he went into a drug store (which he was kicked out of the day before),and had a verbal exchange with the employees and knocked over displays.Then he left the store. I don't know but it seems very wrong that he gets on crime stoppers in 2 and a half weeks for that,and you were brutally murdered and it takes a year for your story to make it on. I just hope they have a reason for waiting so long to do it.Personally I would think it would have been better 3 to 6 months after,while it was still fresh in the witnesses minds. I just hope this is not too late and people start to forget. I went to your grave on the 21st and you are the only one with a full size decorated Christmas tree.(had to laugh). I know how much you loved Mustangs so I left you the key to Great Grandma and Grandpa's 1964 and a half Mustang. Don't drive her too hard! Well I miss you Dylan. I wish it would get easier with time but it doesn't. P.S. Merry Christmas and Daelyn is an Angel. Uncle Tony
Posted: 2007-12-24 23:49:47

Posted: 2007-12-10 16:41:32

CRIME STOPPERS, in conjunction with Global TV, Edmonton will be airing the re-enactment of Dylan's murder over the week of Dec. 10-15, 2007. They will also be airing a 1/2 hour special on Christmas day. We are all praying that someone will come forward with information for the Edmonton Police Service. The approximate air times are as follows; Monday, Dec 10: during the early news at 5:00 pm, Tues: morning news from 6:00-9:00 am, Wed: during The Young & Restless from 4:00-5:00 pm, Thurs: News Hour Final at 11:00 pm, Sat: Morning News from 8:00-10:00 am. All times are Mountain Standard Times and are on Global TV, Edmonton. We would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the past year and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Dylan's Dad

Posted: 2007-11-28 14:47:20

Hi my neme is Sham Thorne I am 17 years old. I was born and raised in lloydminster. I had a rough childhood because the thing called CRACK took control of my family 4 the longest years. I went to Holy Rosary in grade 8 where i met Dylan Mcgillis. He just so happened to be my grade 12 buddy and that was awesome cause he was damn good looking . Then i met Marissa who is dylans sister, then we started becoming friends and thats when i had friends at holy rosary. My older brother is the same age as Dylan and Natasha went to school wit him, his name is Steven Thorne who went to some house parties where Dylan just so happened to be. I mean the house parties in Lloyd are not as crazy as the house parties in edmonton. I kno wen i turn 18 im not going to white ave. Natasha, i know how u feel bout losing Dylan cause i lost my boyfriend in 2005 but he died in a bycycle accidentbut he died 4 the same reason Dylan did IT WASNT HIS FAULT. After kirk reitberger died my life started to keep falling apart meaning my mom took my little brother and left my dad, my dad sold our farm house which was my life, killed all our dogs, were homeless and spent all the house money on crack ,etc. But know the family is doing good they might all be separated but their still living. What im trying to say is that even the families who have had a rough 15 years and lose the person they LOVE it takes the rest of ur life to forget that person. Natasha: I know ur still suffering from the lose and havin a child but at least u still got his BLOOD Child on the way cause kirk didnt get me pregnant and he died and left me with nothing but memories and his sister who is my best friend . MARISSA: Its sham i know u remember me , im sorry 4 the loss of ur brother but u kno rebecca she lost her brother to but just remember ur not the only one.MY brother steve o felt like he was dead because he was alwys in jail and i never got to see him when he was doing Crack-cokaine so it always felt like i lost him. Just remember all the memories u shared wit ur brother cause thats wats keeps me strong and all the memories i shared wit my boyfriend who died in 2005 september 2 thats wat makes me strong to keep pushin on . R>I>P DYLAN rest in peace u might be gone but ur spirit lives on which u are never forgotten.....

Deepest sympathy::
Sham MJ Thorne (17)

Posted: 2007-11-24 21:34:15

Marlene and Grant and family
What a terribly sad anniversary you have just come through. I wish I could have taken your pain away.
When my son Tim was murdered on October 1st, 1994, I felt like my world had come to an end. Now, thirteen years later, and without my husband who died suddenly on Christmas Eve four years ago and went to join our son, I still feel empty at this time of year. One is supposed to feel joy during this coming season, but sadness still creeps in and takes over the holidays.
I am one of the founding members of the Victims of Homicide here in Edmonton, and I would like to invite you to the first ever Murder Conference in Western Canada on May 1st and 2nd. There are many members of our support group who long to understand the gaping hole that never goes away in their hearts. This Conference will bring many answers to victims and their families with keynote speakers from across Canada.There will be more information on it starting January 17th on our website: www.victimsofhomicide.ca.
I hope and pray that you will find comfort with the many gentle memories that Dylan left you as you continue on this sad journey.
Jane Orydzuk

Posted: 2007-11-19 15:03:31

The tears fall down as you run through my mind,
Why is it so hard to believe a year has gone by,
Wanting to reminisce of the good old times,
So much pain and anger now it’s hard to see the light,
We fight for you everyday,
We know you would be doing the same,
No justice has been served
Seriously what a crazy world,
We are waiting…
We are waiting for the world to change,
Change for good,
We will not give up,
We have the power
You Dilly….
Will have JUSTICE!
Love you and miss you
Love your cousin Alicia

Posted: 2007-11-19 14:19:18

My body is in Agassiz but my heart and mind are with you in LLoydminster. If I could wrap my arms around to take away some of your pain, you know I would. K
Posted: 2007-11-19 12:55:26

Today is a very hard day for all of us...very difficult to grasp that you are not here anymore, Dylan. You've impacted many many lives in a positive way...with that smile, and your awesome personality. I miss that smile and laugh of yours so much. As this day relects a year since it happened I cant help but let the tears flow and feel anger at the same time. Anger that the killer is still free to roam the streets and see daylight. Sadness to watch my family suffer in such a great deal.. The pain will never go away because of that ONE person who did this, and everyone else who was involved in some sorta sick way. I want so much for justice, and the family to feel some sense of closure. Whyte ave is a busy place..and somebody MUST have seen something, so if that was you..PLEASE come forward.
Until we meet again...I love you Dylan sooo much! And I miss you more then words.

Posted: 2007-11-19 11:34:52

Marlene, Grant, Natasha, and all of your family,
Thinking of you very specially today as we all remember one year ago. It was a privilege to be with you here at our hospital at that time and my prayerful thoughts have remained with you throughout the months since then. Thank you for the photos of Dylan, Natasha and Daelyn. Remembering and ongoing prayer will continue.
In gentleness,

Posted: 2007-11-19 04:13:16

My prayers are with Tash and your family tonight. God bless, and i wish, more than anything i was there with you all. Miss you so much Dilly. Youre always in our hearts.
love Carly-Ann

Posted: 2007-11-18 17:10:17

Dylan, it wierd not seeing you around. i still kinda expect to run into u every now and then. you're daughter is beautiful. You should be very proud, which im sure you are. Missing you lots babe.

Posted: 2007-11-17 12:47:36

MY thoughts and prayers are with your family this weekend. Rest in peace Dylan, I never knew you but all that ive heard has been good..

Fauna Shannacappo
LLoydminster alberta

Posted: 2007-11-17 09:37:33

One year ago at this time our problems and concerns were normal day to day issues Then the call came at three o'clock in the morning and we were on our way to Edmonton. It seems like yesterday Our lives were changed forever. The process of getting up, talking smiling feels not real. You do it because you have no choice but inside you keep trying to figure why.Why do I have to watch my sister suffer and her family find answers when there is none. Why would someone kill Dylan he would help anyone. The pain and anguish of watching those you love trying to come to grips with this is a feeling of such hopelessness. We are doing what we can to stop such violence are you? Help us because it's to late for Dylan's family maybe you can save your loved one Auntie Connie
Posted: 2007-11-17 09:23:09

Posted: 2007-11-16 22:17:25

Cant beleive it has been a year already
Thinking of you always and forever love ya Dylan.


Posted: 2007-11-16 17:19:18

My Condolances and it is time the MP's come up with strategies to curb youth and teen violence ! Tough Love Law should be introduced for all offenders with intent over age of 12 ! First offences need 2 - 4 years mandatory in Military Boot Camp like they do in the US.... that would make youths and teens think twace...especially if camp was in the far Artic or Africa !! just a thought !

Well i wanted to mention one other thing that i would think might be possible with all the media etc. and this Sundays events.... that the actual offender shows up this Sunday in the crowd or close to view in person, events set out, as it would be logical since he or she has no soul anyhow ! Well i suggest video tape every individual with a roaming camera (video) and watch for uneasy persons of interest ! just a thought !! The offender may appear amoungst you out of guilt !! or the fact he is just a wacko with low intelligence.......

My condolances and peace to Dylan's family

Posted: 2007-11-16 00:06:54

Hello what time on whyte I will be there?
Posted: 2007-11-13 11:07:26

As you are all aware, it is fast approaching one year since Dylan was murdered on Whyte Avenue. Despite the number of people that may have seen the killer that night and the lengthy investigation that has taken place, there is still no arrest of the murderer. This is just one more weight that remains on all of our shoulders. There has to be some justice for Dylan and everyone who loves him. On Friday, November 16, 2007 Crimestoppers is taping a re-enactment of his brutal murder to air in an upcoming special in the near future. We pray that someone has a conscience and tries to imagine how they would feel if their son, father, brother, grandson, cousin or friend had his young life taken in such a heinous way. We hope that this will be enough to make someone come forward and turn the killer into police.

On Sunday November 18th, 2007 Dylan’s family and friends will hold the “Dylan McGillis 1st Anniversary Stop the Violence” Memorial Vigil on the corner of Whyte Avenue (82) and 106 street at 2:00pm. We have invited other victims’ families, the media, Police Chief Boyd, Mayor Mandel, MP Leon Benoit and Premier Stelmach. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come out and show your support to “STOP THE VIOLENCE”. We will be putting up the new ‘Dylan’ posters on Whyte Avenue, and will be circulating our petition calling for tougher penalties from the Criminal Justice system. Anyone with special memories of Dylan is welcome to share them at the vigil. We would really appreciate everyone trying to make it out to honor Dylan’s memory.

“Dylan, always loved…never forgotten”

Posted: 2007-11-06 21:28:57

Hi Dylan,
I seen a picture of Daelyn dressed up as Pooh bear for Halloween, she is so adorable! I can't believe it's almost been a year, thinking of you every day.

Posted: 2007-10-31 17:10:55

Wishing you were here, we are going out for your brother's birthday supper. Looking at a picture of you a couple years ago dressed up as a old naked lady (being nice). So many things that you are not here for, god we miss you, are you there? Your daughter, Daelyn is dressing up a Pooh Bear, Dustin as a ninga I believe. Loving you, crying for you, always carrying you in my heart my Dilly.


Posted: 2007-10-27 18:18:17

"No one who lives honestly dies in vain"
Posted: 2007-10-26 14:26:00

Hey Dilly,
It's hard to believe it's almost been a year!!! I still remember the last time I saw you. I have never seen you so full of life. You must have been celebrating finding out that Natasha was pregnant. If I had known that was the last time I would see you, or hear your voice, I would have relished every moment.

As the one year anniversary of your death slowly creeps upon us, I am trying to think of my favorite memory of you, and realised that I don't have just one, they are all equally special and important, just in different ways.
They say time heals all wounds, but this one seems to grow deeper with each passing day.
I just want you to know that I love you and that you have inspired me to be a better person. If I can be a fraction of the person you were/are, I will have lead a fulfilling life.
Till we meet again buddy.
Love ya.

Posted: 2007-10-18 16:37:16

I would like to applaud the Harper Conservatives for their strategy on reintroducing the violent crime bills that were previously tabled, as confidence votes in this sitting of the House of Commons. With the political maneuvering that takes place, when parties block a bill, just because the "other" party introduced it, I am very happy to see the Conservatives are using some tactics of their own!If the extremely vulnerable Liberals want to stay away from an immediate election, they will have no choice but to support the current Government with their "get tough on crime" laws. When an election is called, we all hear how each party will make violent crimes and crimminals a priority in their upcoming agenda if elected. Sadly, most of the time this is not the case. It is time that Canadians lobby their particular political party to vote "yes" when it comes to making laws that will protect us and our loved ones! I urge everyone to contact not only their MP, but all leaders of the parties to let them know they will NOT form the next government if they cannot follow the wishes of law abiding Canadians! Yes there are many serious concerns that Canadians have regarding taxes, climate change, education, health care and countless other issues that effect us all, but in the big picture none of these matter when you lose your loved ones to violent crime. Most people believe that these horrific crimes will never happen to their families, but unfortunately, I know different. We can never bring back Dylan, but lets stop this violence before we lose more of the people that make life worth living!

I love you and miss you Dylan!
Love Dad

Posted: 2007-10-16 21:48:24

Posted: 2007-10-12 11:06:35

Grant you are so right. We must keep the petitions circulating and ensure people everywhere in Canada are aware of our flawed justice system. We cannot stop until change comes about. No one ever thinks this could happen to them or their loved ones, but it does. Trevor Pelchat was murdered in his own home. Six men invaded his home, beat him and stabbed him fatally in his heart. One man went to jail for manslaughter (maximum 10 years, but possibilty of early parole with good behavior). Four men went to Corrections serving just a couple months before being released back in to the community. The last man involved served NO TIME AT ALL! He walks free every day and shows no remorse for his involvement. Trevor's family now has to live in fear of running in to these monsters every time they leave their home. Does this sound right to you? I urge everyone in Canada to make some noise. Until the laws change more innocent people will fall victims to this violence. Help end the violence Canada. My thoughts and prayers with you and your family always.
Posted: 2007-10-10 22:05:43

hey i was just thinking of u dill, i love u and ill see you one day until then i will be watching daelyn for u . allan
Posted: 2007-10-09 20:09:35

hey buddy i miss you lots and i will always remember you as the really happy guy driving the mustang like a wild man,ha ha it was nice being a part of your life for a short while im sure i will see you again take care......ps congrats on your beautiful daughter Daelyn it also makes me sad to think we wont get to expieriance being fathers together and watching my son and your daughter play together.... will never forget you your buddy Brent from tire craft
Posted: 2007-10-09 10:42:22

This weekend was a difficult one as it was the last time our whole family, along with Grandma & Grandpa McGillis, were all together. I still remember how I was feeling soooo lazy, I didn't want to go through all of the hassel of creating a huge turkey meal for everyone; then....you called. You asked your dad when our thanksgiving meal was going to be, and were quite shocked that we had decided against it. I remember your dad joking with you; asking you if you were hungry, looking for a free meal....of course we changed our minds and decided to have everyone attend and put on our huge turkey meal........and all at the last minute I might add!!! Now, I am ever so grateful that you called that weekend! I will forever endeavor to make sure that no matter how difficult it is to get everyone, with their own lives, in the same place at the same time, or how tired, lazy, sick or whatever, that we will do our best to have our huge family meal.........Above all, you always made me feel like one of the family......Missing you, Lisa
Posted: 2007-10-09 02:57:48

Oh Dilly... November is coming up fast. Who knew that a year could go by without you in it, its so surreal. Not a day goes by that we dont think of you. Youre always in our thoughts and hearts. Daelyn Nevaeh is beyond gorgeous. Shes really special and brings joy to everyone in her presence, just like Daddy did. I really admire you, i hope you know that. I want to be more like you, so full of life, always with a smile and sparkle in your eye. Tash is so strong and so beautiful, i know youre smiling down on her, proud of the amazing mama she's become. So often we think back to times with you and we laugh out loud because you were always so hillarious, and so sweet. Ive never seen anyone look at anyone the way that you did Natasha. I dont think we'll ever understand why you had to go, but i know we'll always cherish that you were here, and we were able to share some amazing memories with you. I never got to thank you for everything. You always included me, when i was with you and Tash i always felt so happy, your guys' love was consuming, and your fights-hilarious. You always took care of us, and made sure everyone was having a good time, and made sure everyone was getting along-the comedic relief. And you made sure i never got lost, man were me and Tash screwed trying to drive around Edmonton without you, i think we were lost for 3 hours ha ha. There will never be a flower that meant more to me than that orange one you bought for me from that chinese woman at the bar on Tash's birthday. You were always so considerate and just so sweet. Missing you always, love you Freddy.
love Carly-Ann
p.s mine's a sausage!

Posted: 2007-10-08 03:42:11

hello bob dylan! we miss u soooo much and by having your pictures on the fridge we get to remember all the good times everyday. madison still talks about you and says that you are up in heaven playin cards with great mama. i know she misses you a lot even though she's only 3 and a half. we also have emily now and of course we had to keep a peice of you alive in our family so we named her emily dylan jade, and she is just as gorgeous as her sister. we hope to meet daelyn someday and are thinking of natasha always. i know that your still here with all of us but we all miss you. we love you dylan, you were a very amazing person.
Love from Jessica, Martin, Madison, and Emily Coveney.
p.s. martin came across one of your old sweaters at tirecraft and had to bring it home. we washed it and put it on the wall because you are with us always. we will never forget you.

Posted: 2007-10-03 22:54:53

Hard to believe that is has been over 10 months since you were taken away from all of us. The pain feels as though it was yesterday...Not a moment goes by that you aren't in my thoughts.. something always reminds me of you Dylan. You were such a special guy..and if there were more people like you on this earth it would be a much better place. It's so sad that of all people.. why you...I do not wish this kind of tragedy upon anyones family, i just don't understand how something so horrible could happen to you. You were the most amazing guy ever. And i love you and miss you sooo much!!!. Daelyn is absolutely gorgeous, she reminds me very much of you in lots of ways...i can just see her daddy in her. I know you are looking down on all of us and making sure we are safe. Especially your baby girl and ur special lady, Natasha.
I will never forget when I heard what had happened, I was out with my friends having a good time....and I just can't believe that i could be having a good time, while something so devestating took place. I pray everynight that they will catch the effer that took you away from us. And i can assure you when they do, that court room will be full, and i will be there too.. making sure that a-hole gets the MAX!
If Dylan's killer is reading this, I really hope you feel like shit now....you have seen what you have done to so many people... good for you... you are such a coward...be a man (some man hey..) and take responsibility for your actions!

Anyways Dill pickle, I love you sooooo much and i would do anything to bring you back. Someday I'll see your bright smile again and hear that laugh of yours...Miss ya buddy. MWA!
PS. dont cause too much trouble up there :D I know u'll keep everyone laughing!! you jokester you. :D

Posted: 2007-09-21 12:45:35

Hi, my name is Brett Mulvey and I went to HRHS with Dylan. He was always the jokester in my classes, which was really nice when you had a really seious teacher! LOL! One time in particular, whenever I think about him is our day of graduation. We were all standing in line getting ready to do our Graduation March with our dates, all dressed up in our dresses and the guys in the tuxedo's. The music was taking a long time to start and Dylan was infront of me cracking jokes. Everyone around him was laughing and it just shows how much this guy brought a smile to other people's face. He still does looking at his cute face and thinking about the goodtimes we all had with him. LOL! He was such a great guy! I just thought I would share this story with respect to his Dad! :) Love yah Dylan! ;)
Posted: 2007-09-19 23:00:44

10 months,this sucks,UNCLE TONY
Posted: 2007-09-19 17:45:43

Today is the ten month anniversary of the murder of our son, brother, father, soul mate, grandson, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, Dylan. For so many of us, time has not made this brutal crime any easier. In fact, for many of us everyday is a struggle trying to maintain our composure and pretend we are "alright". We will never be "alright", we will never be "over it", these horrible thoughts will never leave us. Yes, we have many wonderful memories of Dylan and the special times we had with him but they do not outweigh the hurt and emptyness we feel from having him stolen from us. His killer still walks the streets free to do as he pleases, including hurt or murder someone else's loved one. I don't know if Dylan's killer or someone who knows who the murderer is, has ever been to this site, but after seeing the pain he has caused to so many people...why doesn't he or someone turn him in? He will be caught, either by the police, the lifestyle he is living or by karma. At some point in his life this brutal crime will catch up with him! Although many people visit this web site daily, it has been fairly quiet. I ask everyone who visits to forward it to everyone they know and ask them to print, sign and circulate our petition, so that justice can be served to the savages who commit these heinous crimes. We have several thousand more signatures that we will periodically present to the House of Commons, so our parliment can address the extremely inadequate justice system in Canada. For the good of all Canadians, please do what you can to spread the word of this petition. Thank you to everyone who has offered their support over the last ten months, we all need and appreciate it!

We all love you and miss you Dylan!
Love Dad.

Posted: 2007-09-10 20:34:39

Still think of you, still miss you, still wish you were here..........
Posted: 2007-09-05 16:45:20

Dylan your baby is beautiful! I think she is the cutest baby ever! Shes a special girl!
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Posted: 2007-08-24 00:51:40

Hey Dylan havent wrote in a little while happy belated b-day big guy and congrats on being a father shes beautiful man. I still def think bout u ever day and love ya man


Posted: 2007-08-21 21:05:40

Dylan,she's beautiful!
Posted: 2007-08-07 08:50:34

Congratulations on the birth of this special little angel! Daelyn truly is a gift from God, a part of Dylan that will be with you always. She is absolutely adorable! My grandson's father was also murdered, but he lives on in his son and it is so apparent in many ways. Enjoy every moment with her, as I'm sure Dylan is from up above.
Posted: 2007-07-24 16:19:43

Daelyn will never be able to look back through the "family photos" and see a picture of Dylan beaming with pride, a huge smile on his face, while he shows her off to family and friends. How dare you take him from her; as well as the rest of us. Does your family album not contain this kind of picture??? If not, then you would know what it is like to grow up without a father! What about Daelyn, she doesn’t have a father by anyone’s choice but that of your own. If you do have a picture like this, then what happened??? I am sure your parents didn’t expect you to grow up in the manner in which you did. Maybe the circumstances where such, that it was beyond their control. Did you not have dreams as a child??? Were they dreams of taking the life of someone else??? Do you not have a conscience??? Really, in the present scope of things, I guess that it has little or no bearing. What really matters is that NOW IS THE TIME to be what you should have been all along…… have the proper decency and morals to come forward…….step up to the plate and accept the responsibility for your actions. You must be held accountable for your actions, however horrific. You took away someone that made life on earth so pleasant for everyone, including strangers and people that most of us wouldn’t even give a second thought to. This close-knit family has suffered so much at your hands, and now his little girl, although surrounded by family and love, will have to suffer as well. The happiness for the birth of Daelyn was overwhelming for everyone, however, it shouldn’t have had to be overshadowed with pain and grief, tears and anger, at the loss of her father and the fact that you still walk the streets, feeling the sunshine on your face. It sickens me to know that anyone, especially you, could go on living your life as if you didn’t do anything, while this family struggles daily with the constant roller-coaster of emotions which have a tremendous rippling affect. My mother is one of those Christians who believes that everyone will have to atone for their sins, if not now, then when they meet the hand of God. I however, am not that type of person. The time has come, look back on your past, walk into the future…….admit your guilt and turn yourself in. At least then maybe God will be able to forgive you!

Posted: 2007-07-22 21:34:59

Alright well i new Melissa Melan and Levi Dorn and i no what you are going threw family

Posted: 2007-07-22 13:10:36

Congratulations Dylan, she is beautiful
Posted: 2007-07-20 13:17:44

Congratulations ! A part of Dylan lives on in this little girl, what a special gift and so meant to be! She will be so loved by the sounds of this close family.
Posted: 2007-07-20 11:02:34

Congratulations ! A part of Dylan lives on in this little girl, what a special gift and so meant to be! She will be so loved by the sounds of this close family.
Posted: 2007-07-19 08:49:04

Welcome to the world Daelyn...you are truly a gift from God...
Congratulations Natasha, Dylan & Families...
Shayla Wall

Posted: 2007-07-19 04:46:37

Wow, I just sat here and read everything that all these wonderful people have to say about Dylan. It breaks my heart that someone so young, happy, and full of life had to have his life taken away so early and violently. Congratulation's to Natasha and Dylan's new baby girl and be sure to tell her what a great person her daddy is. I cant imagine what it must be like for a parent to lose a child but everyone that knows about this horrible incident wants you to know that they give their hearts out to you in this time of need for you guys.
Posted: 2007-07-17 20:04:28

Congradulations Dylan and Natasha she will be loved by all. I hope your doing good tasha and i wish u the best.

Posted: 2007-07-17 15:41:00

Congratulations Dylan!! I just visited your new baby girl, she is absolutely precious! You would be so proud of her and Natasha. Daelyn is going to be surrounded by so much love by so many people.

Sarah K

Posted: 2007-07-16 10:01:51

Congrats Dylan, on a lovely little girl! She will be loved.
Posted: 2007-07-16 09:29:18

Words cannot describe how beautiful Daelyn is. Dustin is continuously talking about all the things he is going to teach her (I don't know if you should be a little worried or not, but I know I wasn't when you were teaching Dusty everything you did! - maybe that was bad judgement on my part, lol) You should have saw the look on his face when Tasha said he could hold her. Then while he was, he looked so proud, so happy, so at peace. Congratulations Dylan, Natasha, Marlene, Grant, Edith, Len and everyone else whose life this is a remarkable gift to.

Posted: 2007-07-16 09:19:13

Congrats my baby,

I busting with pride, you have done a good thing here. Daelyn is so beautiful and Natasha is doing great, thanks for watching over her, we know you were there. Now your job is going to get tough, you must keep her little heart full of love and happiness, Natasha will need your help and try to fill Natasha with that same love. We will try to help all we can down here, I spoke to Daelyn and told her that I will love her as much as I loved you, but I will be on her mom’s side in disagreements. She will have to tow the line just like you kids, well I’ll get some spoiling in there.
Dylan your little girl will be loved, taken care of, protected, and told about the love that her daddy would have given her if he could have, I hope we can do you proud and I’m sure you will tell me when I get there. If there is anything I need to know or something you want come to my dreams and we’ll meet there. I’M SO PROUD OF YOU, I MISS YOU, I CRY FOR YOU, I SMILE FOR YOU AND I LOVE YOU.


Posted: 2007-07-16 08:57:00

Congratulations Dylan! Daelyn is beautiful.
Posted: 2007-07-15 15:24:36

Congratulations Dylan and Natasha! What a beautiful baby Daelyn is! Driving home last night I was imagining the Huge Smile you would have had looking down at your beautiful daughter as you held her in your arms. Dylan, you would have been so proud of your daughter and the wonderful job Natasha did. I know you were there in spirit watching over them, but we all missed having you there. Natasha is going to be a great Mom and I know you would have been the best Dad. I know you will always watch over them and guide Daelyn throughout her life and that makes me so proud. We all miss and love you Dylan, you guys have a gorgeous little girl!

Love Dad / Grandpa

Posted: 2007-07-14 20:20:29

Happy belated birthday Dylan...
Sorry I'm so late..I haven't had a chance to get on the internet for quite some time.
well Dilly, your little girl is coming soon, and I've been thinking so much of you and how proud you would've been....and are as you watch down on Daelyn and Natasha.
I hope all goes well for you Natasha.
Everyone is there for you!!

Posted: 2007-07-04 00:44:04

Happy birthday dylan..party hard cuz i know u are!!!
Posted: 2007-07-03 22:44:53

Happy Birthday Dylan...
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family on this day..

Posted: 2007-07-03 16:54:27

Happy Birthday Dylan! The last few days I've thought alot about some of your birthdays when you were little. You were such a cute little guy with those big eyes, curly locks, gruff little voice and your heart of gold! I don't think I have ever known someone with so many wonderful qualities, yet you were taken from us at such a young age. We are going to celebrate your life and your birthday tonight and shoot some fireworks off, so I hope you enjoy them like you used to. We will soon be celebrating the birth of your daughter, Daelyn and that will be fantastic. She would have been proud to have a Dad like you, just like I am so proud to have kids like you, Marissa and Tim. I love you all very much. I miss you and think of you every day and I always will! See ya later Dilly!
Love Dad.

Posted: 2007-07-03 14:35:10

Happy Birthday Dilly, There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and wish you were still here.
Posted: 2007-07-03 13:22:30

Happy Birthday Dylan,

Wow 21 years since you came into the world to share your charm. Each time my kids have a birthday I always reflect back to the day they were born and how I felt. I hope your mom and dad are thinking of all the happy memories you created for them while you were here. Thinking about you.


Posted: 2007-07-03 12:02:17

Hey Dylan, Happy Birthday buddy! We miss you so much! I just wish I could see your smiling face once again as you come walking up our driveway with that "hey how's it goin?" phrase and an ear to ear smile. I can still see you so clearly in my mind, but it's getting harder and harder to hear your voice! Remember the great times we had talking about cars & NASCAR racing? Tash used to just roll her eyes, but finally she gave in and joined our ranks. She used to come home all the time & tell me about the latest RIDES show you had watched together. But now here we are waiting for the arrival of your daughter, and more than ever we wish you were here. I thought about you lots while I was painting Daelyn's room and getting it all fixed up. It just doesn't seem fair that you couldn't be here to help me get your little girl's bedroom ready for her to live in! Tash did a great job of picking out all the colors, and she's got Baby Loonie Tunes characters on the walls and a border of Baby Tazz going all around the room, you have no idea why there would be Baby Tazz as the main character do you? LOL! Anyways Dylan, just wanted to let you know that we're thinking about you today, Love you Buddy...Len (Daelyn's Grampa B, Natasha's Dad)
Posted: 2007-07-03 11:50:24

Hey Dilly, HAPPY 21 BIRTHDAY we all miss you so much. Me and Missy made a deal today that because now that you are gone you will never get the chance to go to LAS VEGAS we will go as soon as Marissa turns 21 and we will both go and sit at the poker table because we know you loved to play poker. I love and miss you. Love your cousin Alicia
Posted: 2007-07-03 09:36:25

Baby, 21 hey, even the day you were born you made me proud. Every time you walked through that door you made my heart glow. Pride of who you are, pride of seeing you bringing joy to your family, your Natasha and to you friends. I’m so proud to say you were my son, I can hear your voice in my head, praying that I will never lose that, I smile “Mama, I love you Mama”, well I LOVE YOU TO BABY, Happy Birthday. I need you, I want you, I desperately miss you, I have great memories of you, some days they do and other days they are not enough, I need to touch you.

Today we gather to celebrate your birthday, are you smiling your beautiful smile. You have a good day with everyone up there and we will do the same with everyone you loved down here. Can you feel my heart baby, how can it break with sadness and swell with love at the same time, you are a great guy, thanks for you baby,
“Happy Birthday”

Posted: 2007-07-03 08:34:53

happy birhday dylan i miss you
Posted: 2007-07-03 02:04:17

Hey dill,
Its been 7 and a half months since you were so quickly taken away from us. But it seems just like yesterday. You are missed by so many people, i hear it daily. People tell me what a great guy you were and i should have been proud to have a broher like you. And all I say to them is yes, I'm very proud to have had you in my life.
Today would have been your 21st birthday,Happy Birthday. It will be a very sad day but yet we will celebrate it as you would have. I think about you lots and wish i still had you in my life, just to talk to as so do many others. Your little girl will be arriving any day now and everyone is excited to see her, she will be so beautiful. I really wish you could be here to see her, but i know you wouldn't miss it for the world and you will be there every day of her life. My heart aches knowing that you wont be able to hold that baby girl in the dilvery room or hold Natasha's hand as she calls you every name in the book. We all miss you so much, sometimes it hurts so bad that you feel like you cant breath, and theres nothing you can do. We feel so helpless. But we all try to stay strong for everyone else around us, but sometimes its just okay to sit and cry with each other. But anyways I'm just kind of running on and on now. I just wish i knew exactly how to sum up how badly you are missed in this world and how to sum up what kind of guy you really were. But there are no words for it. Just we all Love you VERY much and miss you everyday. Happy 21st Birthday!

Posted: 2007-06-28 11:20:13

Petitions were presented to Parliament on June 19, 2007. To view video of the presentation, please go to Dylan’s home page and click on the corresponding link listed under “Media and Related Links”
This is only the start!!!

Posted: 2007-06-26 23:06:20

i would cry to very much
Posted: 2007-06-26 13:39:29

i randomly came across your sons website as i was google something, i am extermly sorry for the loss of your perious son, brother, nephew, grandson and friend. i myself know what its like to loss someone you love so much to a senseless violent act. one of my really good friends justin sproat was killed nearly 2 years ago, and to this day the b*@#*@d that took his life is walking around free. which is a total load of bullshit and makes everything harder for his family and friends. everyone of us has so much angry and frustration built up inside of us, somedays we dont know if we can bare it. our justice system is a load of shit that seriously needs to be fixed!!! there is no need to keep putting court off and letting someone walk free who killed someone so inncent that we will never have to chance to say goodbye to, never see them again. why does the b*@#*@d that killed someone get to walk free and live his life? life is not fair! but know that he is watching over you every step you take, every move you make. hes in a better place and out of harms way. hes living a better life now, but will be waiting for you as you enter the life to live forever with him, where no one can take him away. my thoughts and prayers go out to all who he knew and touched. take care and god bless you all.

Posted: 2007-06-20 21:27:29

I miss you buddy
Posted: 2007-06-17 18:23:54

Dylan, it was a tough day again for alot of people. You would have been such a great Dad, it's so sad that you never had the chance. I really missed your call today, even though I talked with Tim and Marissa it just wasn't right not hearing from you. We all love you and miss you very much. I'll see you again some day, until then....Love ya Dylan!


Posted: 2007-06-17 01:40:43

I love you, thinking alot about you today,i wanted to say Happy 1st Fathers Day to you from me and ur baby. I know u would have been proud...
Posted: 2007-06-15 21:41:59

Love you Dylan!!!
Everyone is excited to meet baby Daelyn...
She is going to be so beautiful!!
Truly is a gift from heaven.

Posted: 2007-06-12 20:18:03

Thank you for your message!...Im terribly sorry for your loss. I try to be strong...I try to take care of others because I know that my dad would be so proud of me...and of course thats important to me. I wish the best for you and your family...and I will be sending you petitons. It will really start to make a difference when you have some large amounts of petitions coming from the other side of Canada...Im in NEW BRUNSWICK...I printed off MANYYYY copies of petitions and I am determined to get as many names as possible...and i'll be sending it your way!...
Until than...take care of yourself!...be strong...

Posted: 2007-06-12 15:28:22

Hi Dylan, it's your cousin Sarah. I stopped over at Natasha's the other day. She is looking so cute and beautiful with her belly. I cannot wait to see your baby girl. We all want to see a piece of you again. I promise we will take care of Natasha and Dalyn forever. I think about you every night before i fall asleep. I had a dream about you the other night. You came up behind me and Allan, put your arms around us and smiled. It was beautiful. Every day i try to make sense of all this but i can't. We will catch these guys who did this to you, i don't know when but it will happen!!! I have comfort in knowing you are with Grandpa and Grandma. Anyways, love you and I miss you very much, tell Grandpa and Grandma the same.

Your cousin Sarah Kempton

Posted: 2007-06-12 11:26:38

Hi Holly,

Yes you have the right address to send the petions, are saddened hearts also go out to you and your family in dealing with the pain of the murder of your father. Fathers day, his birthdays, your birthday, all holidays will be a day to try to stay stong for others but inside we are tormented with such greif that it makes it hard to breath. They say time will heal all, but right now I can't ever see that happening.

Feel free to e-mail us at dylan.mcgillis@sasktel.net

Marlene (Dylan's Mom)

Posted: 2007-06-11 17:31:15

...ok so this is my 3rd message on this already. Ive been searching all the news articles...all the sites linked to this one. My heart is beating 3 times the speed it should...I literally feel like im having a heart attack...like...none of us should feel like we live in fear of being killed or having someone close to us being killed. Accidental car crashes, accidental deaths, unpredictable sicknesses such as cancer...heartattacks....deseases...strokes. Those are the things we can accept...still hurts us deeply...but these are the things we have grown to accept...things that we cant stop. But this damn violence...just ridiculous. Im angry...and I suffer the loss of my murdered father...by a stranger...a man that didnt know his name...a man that didnt know him...a man that didnt know me...I keep asking myself...maybee if I could of told the man that took my father away "Dont take my dad, dont take my friend...dont take him away from this world...hes not ready to go...dont take all the laughter...dont take that smile...dont take the friend or the child or the brother...the son...dont take him away from us...he means to much to us...to my family..." I constantly think of what could of been said...to make that man think twice. We all get sooo confused...we all just dont know how to think about it...how to deal with it...as you can see...I have so much frustration built up towards this crazy nonsense!!!... Grant (Dylans father) I feel a need to reach out to you and your family. Those selfish people may have killed your son...your friend...but dont let them kill you. Stay strong...keep your health. My grandmother has been destroyed ever since the death of my father. She has soo many health problems. She only has about two years to live at most. The stress killed her. That man not only killed my father...he killed the spirit and the well being of my dear grandmother. She had the laughter of a young 25 year old...she had the energy of three young children. She always had a story to tell...she loved to talk...loved to have fun. And now she is relying on a machine to help her breathe...Stress will do wonders to you. Losing someone so dear to her was unbareable. I wish she could of been stronger. It makes me sick...to see people doing this. Grant...to you...your wife...your children...your granddaughter on the way...the beautiful Mother Natasha...Stay strong. Dont let these pathetis losers kill you too!
Your all in my hearts...always!

Posted: 2007-06-11 15:20:13

Could you give me the adress that I can send petitions to?...
I have
BOX 276
S0M 2C0

is this correct?...

I just need to do what I can to help...
please let me know the correct adress or even just let me know if that is the right one...
message me on my website...
www.ourloveisbeautiful.piczo.com go to the GUESTBOOK link...
thank you so much!

Posted: 2007-06-11 15:05:56

To the family and the friends that suffer from this loss...I dont know where to start. I scrolled through all these messages. I was barely able to even read them. It broke my heart...made me angry...made me sad but motivated me to just make this crazy world a better place. I truly beleive if we all pull together and fight together...someday...the right things will start to happen. We all just need to beleive and if too many of us give up...we wont get anywheres. Thats why we all need to be strong and stand up for the right things. My father was brutally, severally murdered. Innocent people shouldnt have to go this way. I dont understand it and I dont think any of us do. Im only 21 years old and it wasnt time for me to go on without my father. Im still just his little girl. BUT im doing it and Im going on with my life for him. I love what this family is doing. I love reading about all the love that all of you have for this young unjustified loss. I feel as though Im rambling on and on. I just dont know how to feel or what to say. My stomach just turns when I see this stuff. I just pray that all of you keep smiling and be strong as you can. I wish I could reach out and just hug the parents and the family and the friends of Dylan. I am from Moncton New Brunswick and this story has personally touched me and it was just another wake up call...we all need to change this world. No matter how hard we try...we always seem to get defeated...but theres a line that we have to draw...and its now...no more of this...things need to change. We cant bring this young life back...but we can start to protect the futures of others...and if the person who did this is reading any of this...Please just know...I dont wish death upon you...only because its not the right thing to wish for. This family will get justice...we all will. You have to live with the guilt...God will repay you in other ways. I hope you live a long life...long as possible so that you are constantly reminded of what you did.
From reading and trying to put all of this together...To Grant...Dylans father (correct me if Im wrong...I love the closeness that I see. I love the love that I feel when I read your messages. Awesome!...Im soo soo sorry for what youve lost...when I lost my father. I lost my best friend...it seems as though you did to. Marissa...his sister...I have two brothers...and it scares me everyday to lose them...we hate them but wow its hard to live without them. Hes your brother and hes always going to be there with you!...Natasha...wow. The mother of his baby...the love of his life...It gives me chills when I think of what your feeling...Ive been with the love of my life for two years now...and I just think about if anything like this ever happened to him...I just...wow. I dont have the words for it. Im so sorry. I dont know any of you...and Im sending all the love I possibly can to all of you. Im begging the person who did this and the people who did this to society...please stop taking our friends...our family...our memories...your ripping the hearts right out of us...we are the ones that will win in the end...please stop...please.
My last words are this...dont give up...we will get the justice but only if we fight until the end...stand up high...please...anything you need...contact me...
www.ourloveisbeautiful.piczo.com sign my guestbook and I will get back to you...My email is not working...otherwise I would give that to you. If you sign my guestbook on my website...the messages will not publish until I approve them. I look forward to hearing from any of you. My heart is with you...my prayers are going out everyday and night...my faith is with you.


Posted: 2007-06-07 21:51:49

Dear Mr & Mrs Mcgillis.
My name is Kristen.C I just wanted to know if you guys have found the killer or killers that took your son away from you???I hope for you and your family that you have...they deserve to be locked up for good or even put to death. im sick of turning on the tv and hearing someones has been killed again because of young adult voilence,its sick and twisted...it breaks my heart...when i heard that your son was killed in a vilent attact i was really upset and my heart goes out to you and your family and friend ill keep in tounch,take care.....

Kristen C, Hinton Alberta

Posted: 2007-06-05 22:53:58

I have just read the story about Dylan and it has touched me very deeply. I will sign the petition and pass it to my network of friends. Hopefully this can help, even in a small way. I wish the McGillis Family all the best.
Posted: 2007-06-05 09:44:19

hi im ray pambrun and i just want to say that im terribly sorry to hear about my friend marissa's brother i wished that i couldve been there to help in her time of need, i know wat it feels like to lose a brother, i lost a younger brother as well and it hurts to think about it but ill still live thinking about him,and hope that you will too, god bless you dylan and family

Ray Pambrun

Posted: 2007-05-31 20:36:29

Dylan Cole McGillis Always be loved
Posted: 2007-05-21 16:36:09

Hey Dylan It's your cousin Alicia Benoit. I have written you a letter to put on here but i haven't posted it yet it so hard to write a letter i miss you so much, I still have trouble telling my self that your gone I just don't want it to be true. I will put the letter on here, I went to your grave and read it to you there so you already know what it says. I also wanted to thank everyone who has written a letter on here or even just been here to read everything, it so nice to see that we have alot of support, and i just wanted to say I love my family they truly are an inspiration they are all so strong and have always been there. I love you Dylan and miss you so much. I'll be back soon to put my letter on here. Lots of love from Alicia
Posted: 2007-05-20 00:12:25

Dill Pickle Dyllie, you act kinda silly....
I remember singing that song to you when you were a little boy and reading you guys bedtime stories with my weird voices, you kids always thought that was funny. You were always a smiling happy person who meant the world to so many people. Natasha, you described Dylan so well! We all miss you so much and it has been a tough day for so many, knowing you have been taken from us six months ago already. Everyone can't wait until your guys baby is born, because you have left not only Natasha a beautiful part of you but all of us a little piece of Heaven. We all really miss you Dylan and you always be in our hearts and memories.
Love You Dylan!

Posted: 2007-05-19 23:36:16

Today its been six months since you passed away and I haven’t wrote anything on your website yet. I’m sorry… I guess I felt there just weren’t enough words to describe the way I’ve felt since the day you left all of us. You had such an impact on so many peoples lives, all in positive ways, characteristics that many people envy is someone like you.. who had such a kind heart and friendly personality. I felt weak and frustrated today because it’s so hard to believe its already been half a year without seeing or talking to you. Yet looking from a different perspective I am glad I have made it thru each day this far. Sometimes I wonder if I’m still in denial because my emotions haven’t been as intense as I thought they would be but then I think about the fact that I’m carrying you’re child and how much that has influenced me to be strong , and have something to look forward to. I only have a month and a half left and each day as I feel her moving its becoming more and more of a reality, I am so proud and excited to meet her. Thank you so much for this miracle you’ve left me everyday it helps me cope, and not feel so lonely. I know you will be watching over us. Some days when I think of you and I just start laughing out loud, you were so funny, and I love being reminded of all the funny things that your friends tell me about you. It’s like I can picture exactly how you said it, and what your face expression would have been like. I’m pretty sure everyone has their own Dylan story, you were quite the individual which makes it hard to try to describe you in a paragraph when you feel the need to act out exactly what you did. For a guy who lived each day of his life to the fullest it’s hard to comprehend why his life had to be taken away at such a young age but in that short amount of time that you were on this earth you affected so many peoples lives positively just by making them feel protected, cared about, loved, or simply just making them smile because you had so much charm (and it wasn’t only the ladies you charmed I remember watching you charm you way out of speeding tickets to male police officers haha, I just wondered How does he do it?) You were an amazing guy , thank you for being apart of my life I learned a lot from you I wish you were able to hold your baby and raise her into a beautiful adult but I know that you are hear with us I can feel you. Anyways I would write on but I wanted to keep this decently short, cause I knew if I started I wouldn’t stop . Plus it wouldn’t really be my “personal feelings” if I went and wrote them for everyone to see. But the main thing I wanted to say is that I miss you, I love you, I have so many good memories and they will never be forgotten, you will always be apart of me.

Posted: 2007-05-18 13:38:31

Hi Dylan,
What can I say, I still think I am going to see you driving around with "your" grin from ear to ear and that little wink and wave you used to do. Dylan we think about you all the time, all the laughs you used to bring us, the silly ways you used to say things and the voices you used to say them in, you always knew how to put a smile on someones face. It didn't matter who they were you always took them as a friend and made them feel like someone special. I will never forget the day you walked into Father Gorman School, you always had that smile that was contagious. I remember all those trips to the library in grade 6 where we would have to sign out a book and the first row we would go to was the one with books on different breeds of dogs and we would trade them when we were finished reading them. I remember that time when we were doing a spelling bee and someone said something to me that upset me and you steped in even though it was one of your friends to say "Hey that was'nt nice, or stop that". It didnt matter who it was, Dylan you were not afraid to step in. In high school when people had there little "groups" it did'nt matter which group it was, you were bouncing around and visiting with everybody. Even in the last couple of years when we wouldnt see eachother everyday it was like there was no time missed. It is not fair this should happen to ANYONE, never mind someone who was all around an awesome person inside and out. I know that no matter where you are you will be there watching over your family, friends, and natasha and will stand beside them/her and your beautiful baby throughout good times and bad. I want you to know your missed by everybody and are loved by everybody. You will never be forgotten.
Brittany Luce

Posted: 2007-05-15 08:39:45

To Grant, Marlene, Marissa and Tim (and all others affected by this)

I am so sorry for your loss. Though I didn't know Dylan lately, I can imagine he was the same spunky, fun-loving guy he was when I knew you all. My thoughts are with you and I hope one day you receive justice for this brutal act.


Posted: 2007-05-13 23:35:54

I miss you Dilly, more then anything!!
I want you back.

Posted: 2007-05-03 16:41:59

We must find ways to grieve. For without grief there can be no comfort. Often we must force ourselves to reach into our subconscious to uncover our true feelings. Only when you have allowed ourselves to feel all of our pain can we begin to face your loss Dylan Cole Mcgillis and slowly begin to heal. don't be afraid to think that they won't find but The careless people who did this to Dylan think THEY WILL FIND THEM!!!!!!! (i hope) From Teagan Pegg
Posted: 2007-05-03 16:15:47

Everyone's trying to make a difference Dylie...... we miss you.
Posted: 2007-05-01 16:32:09

Hello Everyone,
We have presented approximately 21,000 petition signatures to MP, the Hon. Gerry Ritz for delivery to the House of Commons in Ottawa. We are still collecting signatures for the petition, so we can periodically present them to Parliment and continue our fight to STOP THE VIOLENCE! Please inform everyone you know about the petition, so another life isn't lost in such a senseless way. We would like to thank everyone for their well wishes and support through this terrible time.
Dylan's Dad Grant

Posted: 2007-04-30 23:08:42

just curious
roughly how many names did you guys get on the petition?

Posted: 2007-04-30 19:35:23

Dear Dylans Family and Also Natasha.
Iam so sorry for your guyes loss.it breaks my heart when i hear someone has been killed in a violence attack.it shouldnt be happening and when it does the person or persons that did it should be put away for LIFE!!!!!or even death.....love always kristen c.
Hinton Alberta...
p.s there lots of people signing the stop against viloence poster of dylans at my work....

Posted: 2007-04-28 01:40:41

miss you dylan
Posted: 2007-04-27 09:30:42

Posted: 2007-04-26 17:46:43

I am not sure if you remember me Natasha but I used to live in Lloyd and work with youth at Southridge. I just asked my mom about your family and she told me about this tragedy. I am so sorry. I didn't know Dylan but I know you. My family's hearts and prayers go out to you.

Mark Harewood

Posted: 2007-04-24 22:38:36

I want you to know the strength and courage you have shown during the past 6 months is truly inspiring. I wish the best to you and Daelyn. I am confident you will be a wonderful mom!
Kailie Johnson

Posted: 2007-04-24 13:42:50

I had a horrible experience on Whyte on Saturday night. I ended up doing first aid n a fight victim and now am awaiting the results of a blood test to see if I am infected with anything from having contact with this victim. (Chances are 0.2%, but STILL!!). This kind of stuff has got to stop! I started a group on facebook called STOP THE VIOLENCE ON WHYTE AVE...please join if you're on facebook and contribute to the discussion about what can be done federally, locally and by individuals to help curb the violence.

APATHY is our undoing....

Posted: 2007-04-23 21:14:03

I am so mad that people can do this, to take away a life. We need our justice system to be like the U.S's. If you take away a life, you're take away yours. Not just for 2 years, but forever.
Hopefully that'll send a message.

Posted: 2007-04-23 12:42:34

May they find the horrible people that did this to Dylan. My cousin Dean was murdered in Jan. 07 and we are still coming to grips with the pain and sadness. I hope Dylan's family and friends never give up the fight.

Lisa MacLeod
Edmonton, Alberta

Posted: 2007-04-23 08:12:03

Please stop the senseless slaughter of our young people - our justice system needs to step up and take control

Posted: 2007-04-22 17:42:58

Hi i am Dylan's step brother. I remember when ever a holiday rolled around that he was the life of the party. Dylan was alyay's wearing a smile and when ever someone was upset he would alway's help them cheer write up. Dylan was alway's laughing and alway's having a great time which made other's also have a great time. Dykan alway's was making the greatest jokes which once he told them everyone was laughing.

Dustin Hafner

Posted: 2007-04-22 17:32:28

Hi i hope you like the people in Heaven . Thank you for all things . love Dustin
Posted: 2007-04-21 19:04:50

dyl pickle,
not a single day goes by that i don't think of you. you were an amazing person and touched the lives of so many. i miss the way you kept everyone smiling. you had this great intuition of knowing when people were down and always knew how to cheer us up. and you always protected your friends, especially us girls, haha no one messes with dyl's girls. so many memories... we'll never forget you sweety. our lives were drastically changed the day we lost you. i know you are watching us, i can feel it, and it is a great relief. i am so eager for the day i meet your daughter. it breaks my heart that she won't have you to raise her in person, but she will hear all the great stories of you. she will know the love you had for natasha was so unique and simply indescribable.
we LOVE you & MISS you like crazy.

Posted: 2007-04-21 18:39:54

As a parent of a son(David) who was murdered, also in Edmonton, Aug 18th, 2005, I too am dumb-founded at the deficiencies in the law enforcement, legal, and judicial systems that allow senseless murders to continue. As the trial for my son's murderer is now in progress in Edmonton I will
have to end my letter. Charles J. Longhurst

Posted: 2007-04-19 20:31:32

As you know we all miss you very much!...It hurts me to see your Mom, Dad, Marissa, Tim, Natasha and everyone else hurting.
It hurts knowing that soon Daelyn will be born, and she will never know how wonderful you are.
We can only tell her so much but she will never know for herself how much of a great dad you would have been.
I know she will not only be a beautiful baby, but she will grow into a beautiful woman.
I miss seeing your smile Dylan, and I miss the way things used to be.
I pray every night that the person or people who did this to you and to everyone else so to speak, get caught.
I know you will watch over us and help us through this very hard time, and that you will watch out for Daelyn and Natasha as well.
Everytime someone sees the poster of you, they always say ''What a handsome young man''...And that you are.
I love you Dylan....SO MUCH!!!.
We will find Justice!!!

Posted: 2007-04-17 19:05:46

Hi my name is Teagan Pegg and I heard about this from my best friend mandy. I never did no Dylan but i still kind of felt what mandy and her family felt. i fell apart when Mandy told me that her cousin was in the hospital cuz he got stabbed.i wish people wouldn't kill i wish they would just live a happy life. But Dylan will always be in Natasha's heart and his baby girls and the rest of his familys. Its to bad he couldn't live it longer.
From Teagan Pegg

Posted: 2007-04-15 03:27:33

I went to school with Dylan for a short time. I now live in Vermilion and I truly wish I could have got to know Dylan better. But he always treated me like a close friend and he was definitely one of a kind. He will be missed.

-Holly Eckel
Vermilion, Ab

Posted: 2007-04-11 23:24:36

I am truly sorry for you loss. I only met Dylan once threw His Cousin & good friend of mine Alicia . my prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of Dylan..
R.I.P Dylan
Fauna Shannacappo (fonja@hotmail.com)
Lloydminster Alberta...

Posted: 2007-04-10 22:37:35

I will never forget you. love and miss you so much hun.
Posted: 2007-04-10 19:06:59

miss u bro
Posted: 2007-04-08 23:59:34

Man I miss u Dylan your all I think about everyday it so upsetting knowing I cant see you. I know everyone feels the same way also and thats just as upsetting knowing that my family is hurting and there isnt a hole lot I can to do help. A good thing though is that we are a close family and I know ur helpin us through the tough times bud I LOVE U SO MUCH DYLAN!!


Posted: 2007-04-08 15:00:40

I love you and miss you so much Dilly. I think of you and the family everyday and pray that they catch those cowards.
I know Daelyn is going to be beautiful.
And I know that you are going to be there watching over Natasha and everyone else.

Posted: 2007-04-07 20:32:45

Posted: 2007-03-31 22:47:19

Aweh hey kootie
everyone misses you so much and
would kill for another glimpse of you

Amanda (unknown)

Posted: 2007-03-31 22:38:37

your very dearly missed.

From. Ashley (unknown)

Posted: 2007-03-28 13:42:34

As I scanned through all these messages, I was overwhelmed by how many names I know. And the shock of hearing the news of Dylan's death comes back to me. I was a classmate of his brother Tim's, and only remember Dylan as a spunky little guy. This is the kind of tragedy no family should ever suffer! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pam Downie (Goodfellow)

Posted: 2007-03-27 22:15:35

Oh Dylan! I say that all the time when I think of you... I miss you so much... We all miss you so much! I look at your photos and think how handsome you are. Your daughter has got the best possible start in this world... you and Natasha as loving parents. I always knew that Natasha was so good for you and you for her. You guys were always meant for each other, I'm just so sorry that it wasn't for longer. We all miss you more than words can describe, but you already know that. Natasha and Daelyn are so loved by all of us and they always will be. You have the biggest heart of anyone I have ever known and I can't stop asking why you were taken from us. It's just not right! I think of you and your Mom or Tim or Marissa or Dustin and how special you are to them and how we all miss you so much... it just breaks my heart! You were able to make everyone feel so special, you truly had the gift of love. You were so much of what we all try to be... a loving, caring, understanding person who didn't judge their friends. We will never overcome the loss of you and will never end your fight for justice. Dylan, you are all I could ever hope to be and I miss you more that I can say.

Posted: 2007-03-26 19:50:44

Hi Uncle Dylie; It is Dustin. I miss you lots I remember you today like yesterday. I showed my mom how to roll your eyelids upside down like you showed me and she thought it was gross. I wish you were here with me. Me and mom talked about all the cool stuff I am going to show your new baby how to do. I love you so much Uncle Dylie and I think you always remember me. Love: Dusty.
Posted: 2007-03-25 17:31:20

Everytime I hear this song...I can't help but think of Dylan.
So I thought I'd share it.

I want you to live by George Canyon
When she got the news
The phone hit the floor
She fell to her knees and cried his name
He had just kissed her lips
And both of the kids
Their lives will never be the same
At the end of her hardest day
The only words she could say were
I want you to live, I want you to love
I wanna go back to the way it was
To hear you say my name again
I wanna see your smile again
I want you to live
Takes all her strength to go through his things
It feels like she’s holdin’ him again
The letters he wrote the books that he’d read
and some of the shirts still have his scent
The picture in Florida
she holds to her heart and cries out loud
Repeat Chorus
Lying awake in the middle of the night
Trying not to let the kids hear her cry
She prays for answer or some little sign
She closes her eyes
and swears she
hears him say
I want you to live, I want you to love
I want you to GO on and not give up
I want you to live, I want you to try
I want you to know that I’m alright
I want YOU to fall in love again
I wanna see you smile again and again
I want you to live

Posted: 2007-03-25 16:26:54

We all wish that Dylan was still here with us,
but he had to leave for some reason.
All of his family miss his big smile, that he would where upon his face.
His little baby girl will think back to this time one day, and she will think how proud her daddy is of her. She'll be strong and do her best to show her daddy how much she loves him. Dylan will look down at her from heaven and smile. He'll send all his love to her, and hope the best for her future.
-Paige McFadyen

Posted: 2007-03-23 17:36:31






In loving memory of Trevor Pelchat, who was murdered Mar. 26, 2006 and all victims of crime, family and friends in partnership with Victim Services are holding a charity walk to help raise funds and awareness. All proceeds will be donated to Victim Services. (Tax Receipts available upon request). The Walk will take place on Monday, March 26, 2007 starting at 12:30pm from the Living Faith Chapel, 1371 - 103 Street, North Battleford, SK. Dylan's petition will be made available for those interested in signing. Refreshments will be served at the Chapel in the Fireside room following the walk.

Posted: 2007-03-23 16:45:06

Mom, Dad, Tim, Marissa, Dusty, Tash & My Little Girl:

To my Dearest Family,

To my dearest family, some things I would like to say.
But first of all to let you know that I arrived okay.
I'm writting this from Heaven, where I dwell with God above.
Where there's no tears or sadness, there is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy, just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you , every morning , noon and night.
That day I had to leave you , when my life on earth was through
God picked me up and hugged me , and said , " I welcome you ".
" It's good to have you back again ,
you were missed while you were gone
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on .
I need you here so badly, as part of MY big plan.
There's so much that we have to do , to help our mortal man."
Then God gave me a list of things He wished for me to do ,
and foremost on that list of mine, is to watch and care for you .
I will be beside you , every day of the week and year.
And when you're sad, I 'm standing there to wipe away the tear.
And when you lie in bed at night, the days chores put to flight,
God and I are closest to you in the middle of the night.
Do not be afraid to cry, it does relieve some pain.
Remember, there would be no flowers, without alittle rain.
I wish that I could tell you , of all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you , you would not understand.
One thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over,
I am closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are rocky roads ahead for you ,
and many hills that you must climb.
Together we can do it, taking it one day at a time
And now I am contented that my life, it was worthwhile
knowing, as I passed along the way , I made somebody smile.
When you are walking down the street,
and you've got me on your mind,
I'm walking in your foorsteps, only half a step behind.
And when you feel a gentle breeze of wind upon your face,
that's me giving you a great big hug, or just a soft embrace.
When it's time for you to go from that body to be free,
remember you are not going , you are coming home to me.
I will always love you , from that place way up above.
I will be in touch again soon ,
P.S. God sends his love

Posted: 2007-03-16 11:45:43

May Creator bless u all. May u find comfort with all ur loved ones and the other people who do care even tho they do not personally know u. The horriffic tradey and loss should be conteracted by what u are doing. I support u 100% and will continue to come back to your site to see what is happening. Reading about the memories and love being shared about Dylan is more than heart warming. Thank-you for sharing in such a horrible time of grief. All of u are in my prayers and it is soooooo true.... "WORDS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!"

Joanne Maloney
North Battleford, SK

Posted: 2007-03-14 18:32:20

My name is Grant McGillis and I was one of approximately 150 people invited to attend a round table discussion Mar. 7, 2007 in Edmonton pertaining to justice issues with particular emphasis on Youth Crimes. Panel members included the Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Hon. Rona Ambrose, Mayor Mandel, Police Chief Boyd, Deputy Commissioner of RCMP K Division Bill Sweeny, Mr. Don Schiemann, Ms. Jenifer Lawley, Mr. Jon Russell and Ms. Muriel Stanley-Venne.
Throughout this meeting there was a general consensus that there needs to be changes made to the Youth Criminal Justice Act, so young offenders know there will be consequences for their actions. We also need to educate young people on how to solve disputes peacefully and initiate more sport and recreation programs so they have something constructive to do with their time. We must teach children what's right and what's wrong before they start committing criminal acts. Stiffer penalties should be imposed for both repeat and violent offenders. After listening to the panel members echo each other's sentiments, I felt as though I was "preaching to the choir". After the meeting I had an opportunity for some one on one time with Mr. Nicholson and I commend him and the Conservatives for their "Get Tough on Crime Attitude". I believe that Canadians should voice their concerns to their MP's regarding the escalating violence that is plaguing our country. Only if we make enough NOISE, will we be HEARD! Please contact your elected officials, neighbors and children, so that you or your child isn't next. Lets Stop the Violence, because ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

The following is my letter that I hand delivered to the Hon. Rob Nicholson March 7, 2007.

Mr. Grant McGillis
Box 276
Neilburg, SK
S0M 2C0

March 7, 2006

Honorable Robert Douglas Nicholson,
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Department of Justice Canada
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0H8

Dear Honorable Robert Nicholson:

We are the parents, family and friends of Dylan Cole McGillis, a 20 year old father-to-be who was brutally swarmed, beaten and fatally stabbed in an unprovoked attack November 19, 2006 on Whyte Avenue, Edmonton, AB.
As you are well aware violent offences committed by young offenders and young people are escalating at an alarming rate all across our country. This is a very serious problem that must be addressed now to save our children and families from becoming victims of violence.
We have drafted and are circulating a petition to be presented to the House of Commons requesting legislation be introduced whereby violent offenders are subject to mandatory minimum sentences regardless of age. There has to be deterrents to make violent criminals think twice before they commit violent offences. We strongly believe that more funding is required for educating young people on how to solve disputes peacefully, rehabilitation programs and new correctional facilities so that judges are less likely to release repeat and violent offenders prematurely because of institutional overcrowding . These suggestions all come with a price tag, but Canadians should be asked “What is your child or loved one’s life worth?” Violent crimes can happen to any of us!
We feel that judges need to be held accountable to Canadians for the lenient sentences handed out to repeat and violent offenders when many continue to re-offend. As with any position of employment, if you are not performing your duties to your employers’ satisfaction, Canadians should find someone who will. Maybe judges should be elected so the Canadian tax payers can impose their democratic will in the sentencing of the violent offenders who prey upon society.
On March 3, 2007, the families and friends of Dylan held a petition signing in Lloydminster, SK/AB. In nine hours, at six locations, we collected signatures of approximately 25% of Lloydminster residents and this number did not include those who had previously signed. On a per capita basis, this is an overwhelming indication of how strongly Canadians support stiffer penalties for violent offenders. We believe that if a plebiscite was held in Canada regarding mandatory minimum sentences for violent offenders and revamping the extremely inadequate Youth Criminal Justice Act, a vast majority of Canadians would support these initiatives. This would eliminate some politicians and political parties from pushing their own beliefs and party lines on the Canadian tax payers. After all, in a democratic society, the government should represent and echo the voice of those constituents who have elected them.
In closing, we are aware of the current government’s commitment to strengthening the justice system in Canada, but it is time that decent, law-abiding Canadians send this message to every political party in an effort to STOP THE VIOLENCE; ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
On behalf of Dylan Cole McGillis, 1986-2006, his family, friends and the thousands of Canadians who have and will be victims of violence, thank you. We look forward to your response. Please visit www.dylanmcgillis.ca
Dylan’s Dad,

Grant McGillis

Posted: 2007-03-11 16:57:37

My deepest condolences.
I absolutely agree that the justice system is failing the victims of young criminals. Other countries begin to change their procedures as we speak. In Belgium a Gipsy teenage murderer of a youth has just been judged as an adult. In Poland 24 hour courts are being introduced to deal with lighter crimes (which as everyone knows lead to serious crimes).
In our system criminals are treated better than their victims. Policemen and women (privately) will tell you that their hands are tied by countless regulations.
I follow the news about this rising wave of youth crime and I wonder why so few people react to it. Here is a completely innocent young man killed during an outing, next you read about the murder of a 13year old girl. You go to work and no one is even aware of what has happened, a those few who have heard about these shocking events, are not even moved. It is "the news", not horror.
What is wrong with all of us? Have we lost all ability to discern between the evil and the good - and be shocked at the crime committed?
This does not bode well for Canada.
Maria Kozakiewicz,
Grant MacEwan College

Posted: 2007-03-11 01:07:48

To McGillis family. I agree with you all that we need a tougher youth criminal justice act system in this country.Let's stand together and make a difference. Sorry On your loss. God bless you. Sincerely,
Liliana Henry
Calahoo, Alberta

Posted: 2007-03-10 19:27:00

I saw your march for Dylan Mcgillis on he news tonight. I agree with you completely that if teens do these senseless crimes, that they should pay for the crimes. We can be strong and rally for justice in memory of Dylan. This has to stop.

Donna B
St. Lawrence, NL, CAN

Posted: 2007-03-10 17:15:44

My name is Edith Brouwer, I am Natasha's mother.
Almost every day I log into Dylan's website hoping that the right words will form in my brain to adequately convey my thoughts and feelings. Today I finally realized there are no right words.

From the very first time we met Dylan I knew he had stolen my daughter's heart. As a parent you feel no one is ever good enough for your child, but Dylan was. The love they shared was deep and strong and even through some tough times their love brought them together.

Natasha and Dylan talked constantly, whether in person or on the phone. (If you want proof just ask to see Natasha's cell phone bill while she was in Edmonton and Dylan was still in Lloyd.)And she still talks to him every day, how can she not? he was truly the love of her life.
The following poem has been copied from "Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul" and Natasha has claimed it as her own ...


At the finest level of my being,
you’re still with me.
We still look at each other,
at that level beyond sight.
We talk and laugh with each other,
in a place beyond words.
We still touch each other,
on a level beyond touch.
We share time together in a place
where time stands still.
We are still together,
on a level called Love.
But I cry alone for you,
in a place called reality.

On November 12th, 2006 Natasha told me that she was pregnant. We felt the timing was bad, but I guess it was perfect. One week later this tiny baby became Natasha's life-line and 'forever' link to Dylan.

I have gone with Natasha to each of her ultrasounds and am amazed as I watch this little life change and grow. Dylan would have been so proud, this little life is truly a part of him and will carry on his legacy her whole life.

March 12, 1960 my father was killed -I was only 3 1/2 years old. No child should have to grow up not knowing who their father is, but I have learned to cherish the realization that I am who I am today because of who he was and because I had to learn to live without him. I pray that the same will be true for Dylan's little girl.

I also pray that her father will be watching over her, every day of her life - guarding, guiding and protecting.

We truly miss you Dylan. We just wish that one more time we could hear your voice saying, "Hi, how are you doing?" And hear that deep laugh that we all loved so much.

We will do our best to make sure that your little girl becomes everything she was meant to be, but we realize no one can ever take your place in her life or in Natasha's.

Love you Dylan,

Posted: 2007-03-09 11:33:08

On Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 2:00 pm, SOS Children's Safety Magazine will be hosting the first Annual SOS Josh Hunt Silent March For Justice and the official delivery of the Hunt Family Petition Drive to the House of Commons and the Alberta Legislative Assembly. The March will start at City Hall and will continue in silence for approx 15 blocks to the Legislature Building front steps. At the Legislature, there will be a rally with several speakers & guests who will include Victim Families of Josh Hunt, Dylan McGillis, Nina Courtepatte and Shane Rolston. The Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Eskimos, The Cracker Cats, Premier Ed Stelmach, Mayor Mandel, Police Chief Boyd, Fire Chief Randy Wolsey and the Edmonton Fire Dept, RCMP, Canadian Armed Forces and various MP’s, MLA’s and City Counselors will also be in attendance. We encourage all concerned citizens to come out and show their support for the very important issue of CANADIAN SAFETY! The Victim’s Families and Friends will be collecting signatures for their respective petitions before the March starts from 12:00 noon until 2:00 PM. Please help make our Country a SAFER PLACE FOR OUR CHILDREN!
Posted: 2007-03-08 14:50:32


If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more
If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.
If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.
If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.
For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.
There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"
But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.
So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,
That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out t o be their one last wish.
So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear
Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

We Miss You Dylan, Lisa

Posted: 2007-03-06 18:57:16

I personally did not know Dylan but knew of him through friends. What happened to Dylan was a tragic incident and my family and friends completely support and understand your petition. Those who committed the crime need to be punished accuratly which means no remorse and no second chance. Being 18 years old the same incident could have happened to me or my friends. I feel a great desire to help out making people aware of your story. My family and friends feel your sorrow and completely admire your hard work to make a difference in the world. I promise you to do my part by signing your petition and making others aware of it. Although Dylan is gone he will always live on.
Mickella Sjoquist 18
McLaughlin, Alberta

Posted: 2007-03-05 22:49:47

i agree changes are needed to the youth criminal justice act. but this petition makes NO SENSE as the Justice System already has mandatory minimun and MAXIMUM Sentences,And as For A young offender the Court already has the Power to Upgrade the Person To ADULT court based on the Crime .
To the person who posted their opinion above:

You have some of your facts correct, yes there are maximum sentences such as life imprisonment (25 years in Canada)for first degree murder but how often do you see plea bargins to a lesser conviction of man slaughter? The manditory minimum sentences that exist now deal with gun offences, not the murders committed with knives, bats and other lethal weapons. I believe there is a place for the Youth Criminal Justice Act... to give young offenders a second chance after they commit "A" crime but they shouldn't be released from their responsibilities when they continue to break laws without fear of any serious consequences. And finally yes, the courts have the power to charge a young offender as an adult, but this power is used very rarely even though some youths have records as long as their arms and eventually committ a violent crime like murder. Our petition has nothing to do with singling out young people... it is to guarantee a stiffer penalty for violent offenders who are killing people with no real fear of consequence! So many murders serve 3 years while the victim's families are left to serve a life sentence. We must implement deterents to try to prevent the terrible tradgedies that monopolize the media everyday. I don't want to continue this discussion any further here because this site wasn't created for this purpose, it was in memory of OUR SON, BROTHER,GRANDSON, NEPHEW, UNCLE AND FRIEND so if you care to respond, please have the courtesy to do so via e-mail. Thank you.

Dylan's Dad, Grant

Posted: 2007-03-05 22:02:03

That's horrible..My greatest prayers to Natasha, as she will be having a beautiful child soon. Just remember, everyone's there for you and these words have been said many times before. They're true. RIP Dylan.
Posted: 2007-03-05 20:49:05

i agree changes are needed to the youth criminal justice act. but this petition makes NO SENSE as the Justice System already has mandatory minimun and MAXIMUM Sentences,And as For A young offender the Court already has the Power to Upgrade the Person To ADULT court based on the Crime .
Posted: 2007-03-05 19:39:57

you commit an adult crime,you should pay an adult sentence. with my support in what you are doing . roger & paulette bugnet
Posted: 2007-03-03 22:20:28

Hi..my name is Bobby Aultman... im very good friends with marissa .. dylans sister.. it is such a sad thing that happend to dylan... i coulnt stop myself from crying just going threw the emails everyone has sent .... they are so wonderful ... i dont even no how to say how sorry i am ..it isnt possible to say what is in my heart and how i am feeling for you guys... but it wouldnt even compare to how you all are feeling ... not even close... today i went to sit with marissa at totem while her and her couin alisha and natashs parents where getting signatures and i cant belive how great of a family dylan has ... they all love him sooo much and he totally diserves them and they diserve to have him in there lives to ... but low life had to come and take that away from themm.... i pitty the person that did this to them he is a low life that dosent diserve to live on this earth... he will be found.. i hope that he can not live with himself ... well now that i got that out i want to tell marissa and anyone else in there family that if they ever need anything to just call me and i will be right there.... marissa call me soon.. i love you so much and your in my thoughts<3
Posted: 2007-03-01 18:29:20

Due to the federal budget release on March 19, 2007, we have decided to postpone the delivery of our petitions until Mid-April. We ask that all petitions be returned to the above mentioned address by March 31, 2007.
Posted: 2007-03-01 17:04:13

I just wanted to say that its awsome how you are speaking out to the public so much. So many murders have just been swept under the carpet and i love how you guys are doing everything in your power to let dylans story be told. I have read many articles in the paper that dylans dad has wrote and he has a great opinion. I definatly will be there to sign the petition. I missed the one in edmonton so my signature is garenteed. I love natasha very much and i know that her life soon will be filled with the joy of her baby girl.

Posted: 2007-03-01 16:57:41

Posted: 2007-02-28 18:28:22

My name is Amber Sawatzky. I went to Holy Rosary and graduated in 2003. I remember seeing Dylan occasionally whether in the hallways or outside the school. but I noticed something everytime I saw him. He was always smiling. I never saw him with a frown on his face. I am deeply sorry for your family's loss and my prayers are with you. I hope you accomplish your goals and I hope you always remember the good times with DYlan. God Bless!!

Posted: 2007-02-26 18:37:30

We have organized a petition signing for Saturday, March 3, 2007 in Lloydminster between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the following locations: Superstore, WalMart, Sobey's, Co-op Marketplace, and Totem Building Supplies. If you haven't signed a petition yet, please join us! Anyone wishing to volunteer for collecting signatures, please contact us through e-mail, dylan.mcgillis@sasktel.net .
Posted: 2007-02-26 18:11:49

to dyllan family and friends
hi i also wanted to leave a message to let you know that i totally suport you guys in everyway, i also know what it is like to lose a loved one that was so young and had some much ahead of them. i also lost my brother on march 26 2006 for $3,000 thats what the hole fight was about and my brother was said to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, are family have a lot in comman to have lost a loved one so cruely, my brother also has a baby boy,that we all truly love to death even though it is so hard to look at him and here him say dada knowing he never had the chance to really have a relationship with him, but i know trevor is never far, from any of us and i believe dyllan is always by your guys side when ever you need him too. i believe dyllan sees everything that you guys are doing for him and how much everyone loves him and i know he is smiling down on you's, this is how i keep my self going just remember he is always with you even though you cant see him or feel him , around you .its never "good bye" it's till we "meet again"

jennifer sayers

Posted: 2007-02-26 17:35:03

to dalyns family and friends
my name is lori sayers and i am trevor pelchats mother.trevor was also murdered because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time(thats what the r.c.m.p)told me.i know exactly how you are feeling and nobody knows the pain we are actually feeling.if only we could have one more day with them,we would be there to protect them.all i can say is talk to him,and visit as much as you can,they know.and remember we will be together again!!!!
with sorrow
lori sayers-north battleford,sk

Posted: 2007-02-23 16:40:08

February 23, 2007
Well, this is something I have started over and over again, but have never been able to find the words to say what I am trying to say. I can't say that I have accomplished that now, but feel the silence has been long enough. I have known Dylan since he was thirteen years old. I was fortunate enough to have spent numerous holidays with him over the years and can say that he was always the "life of the party". He was always smiling, laughing, joking around and bringing joy to anyone who surrounded him. I know this is simply reiterating what so many others have said, but that is who Dylan is. I can still picture the "funny faces" he would make at Dusty when he was just a baby and hear the laughter he could bring out of him. He never stopped making Dusty laugh.....from their "boxing" matches to time spent playing video games together, they held a strong bond that not even the piece of shit that did this to him can take away from them. I am saddened that Dustin only got to spend six and a half short years with Dylan, yet so extremely thankful for those years and the fact that he is old enough to have many memories and much influence from the type of person Dylie was. His morals and personality can be attributed to his loving parents who always accepted Dylan's sense of humour and bright outlook on life. He dreamt big and displayed enthusiasm with everything he did. For Marlene and Grant - you were always kind, courteous and accepting and definately passed those qualities onto him. I can not even begin to imagine the pain and devastation in your hearts and can only hope that with all of your continued efforts you can try to bring some sense to our confused and lost society. For Dylie - Dusty talks to you every night before he goes to bed; I know you can hear him and ask of you to look over him. He thinks the world of you and I know he will turn into just as an extraordinary man as you. Take care up there Dylie - we miss you.
Crystal & Dustin

Posted: 2007-02-18 19:28:26

My name is Dorothy Stinson.I am so sorry of your loss.My thoughts & prayers are with you.I know this may sound a bit morbet,but God always does things for a reason. Maybe,with the loss of your son.We can hopefully do something with the young affenders act.If it wasen't for your sons senseless death. We may not have started this petition.Always remember,that your son did not die in vain,but as a hero.I have always wanted to do something about this law.I would rather put my taxes into something that will bennefit us all. So,thank you & may God bless you & I pray that something will now be done.All the best & good luck.
Posted: 2007-02-17 16:28:51

I dont know him very well but he was my grade 12 buddy at holy rosary plus he partied with my brother steven thorne. Natasha i know what its like to lose a soul mate while being pregnant i was at the same point with kirk but you shouldnt get an abortion that is what f*@#ed my life up bad. To marrisa im sorry i dont know what its like to lose a brother so i cant feel ur pain but my best friend lost hers my soul mate kirk reitberger. We went to holy rosary together plus little of the comp too. My name is sham thorne and my saying is why do the good die young?
Posted: 2007-02-17 10:52:02

As you know, we have been getting alot of spam messages posted in the discussion area. This should be rectified shortly by the site programmers. The user will be asked to enter some simple text displayed in a graphic in order to have their post submitted. This will keep automated scripts from being able to post. Thank you to everyone and please keep visiting Dylan's site for new updates.
Posted: 2007-02-16 20:07:19

I am Kristy Wakefield, Dlyan's cousin. Though we grew apart as we got older whenever I saw Dlyan he would give you a smile and hug. He always had time for you. He would always help you out whatever it was. I was looking through some pictures and I found a picture of me and Dlyan in the bath tub at the farm when we were just kids. I'll scan and email it to you guy later. Always thinking of you guys. Love you.
Posted: 2007-02-14 00:09:59

Dylan, i didnt know you very long but the time i did will never be forgoten. Since the day i moved into your brother Tim's house, both u and Tim treated me like i was a friend for years. I lived in the room next to you for sometime and i couldn't have asked for a better roomate next door. Just knowing you i have learnt some great morals on how to be such a good friend. Im kinda at a loss for words right now. But you know we all think about u, and Tim knows he couldnt have had any better of a brother. I know your watching over your brothers house so dont worry he's got a pretty good friend here, ill help him anyway i can. Ill talk to you later gerkin i promise ill get back to you soon.

Posted: 2007-02-13 02:39:30

Grant, please add my name to your petition. I did write the politician's listed. My thoughts are very much with you and your famlily as we approach Vaentines Day. Thoughts of our loved ones are never far away. My heart goes out to all of you, and of course to Natasha and my brother's family! Love, Barb Brouwer
Posted: 2007-02-02 12:15:50

Memo hints at possible changes to youth justice act
Updated Thu. Feb. 1 2007 10:02 PM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

The government is considering possible changes to the Youth Criminal Justice Act that would sharply increase the number of young offenders sent to adult jails, according to a memo obtained by CTV News.

The memo sketches a "preferred option" that would "give the Crown discretion to use adult criminal justice procedures for youths aged 16 and 17 who are charged with murder, attempted murder, manslaughter or aggravated sexual assault."

Judges currently decide whether young offenders should be charged as adults; the option outlined in the memo would strip them of that power.

The confidential note also assumes that about 80 per cent of youth charged with those offences would be referred to the adult criminal justice system, and "a significant amount would receive life sentences."

CTV News contacted analysts about the potential proposal for legislation, including Nicholas Bala, a law professor at Queen's University.

Bala said such a change would mark a radical shift in the Canadian justice system.

"It seems to mark another episode in the ongoing rejection of the role of judges in making decisions," Bala told CTV News.

"I think without question, this would be an increase in the power of the prosecutors and a diminution of the power of judges."

Defence lawyer Clayton Ruby criticized the memo's suggestion as an idea resulting from ideology rather than facts-based politics.

"This model of 'hammer the kids' is popular only in a very few place," said Ruby.

"Those who have it are committed to it regardless of the evidence. It's blind adherence."

The memo states that the Privy Council Office (PCO) has asked for a costing of the option "post haste," and hints at a possible first reading of potential legislation in early March.

"It would be a very dramatic change and perhaps, in regard to adult sentencing, the most dramatic change we would have seen in a century in Canada," said Bala.

Shortly after the Conservatives won a minority government, then-justice minister Vic Toews introduced several bills aimed at cracking down on crime.

But the legislation has met with stiff resistance from opposition parties, prompting Prime Minister Stephen Harper to cite obstructionist tactics.

Critics say the bills, if passed, would mean a sharp increase in the number of Canadians serving time in prison.

Toews estimated that if every bill in the government's crime-fighting agenda were passed it would require the construction of new prisons, costing taxpayers more than $200 million.

With a report by CTV's Graham Richardson

Posted: 2007-02-01 15:47:34

Subject Youth Violence

I have been reading and listening to the news regarding any issues relevant to youth crime in this country and I am shocked and appalled at the violence that is being accepted by our leaders!!

Yes, you and the others leaders of this country are to share the blame for what is being allowed to happen to our youth.

The criminal justice system is a disaster and the youth criminal justice system is nothing but a farce. All you need to know to come to this conclusion is all over the news every single day of the year!

Something needs to change and it has to start with the leaders taking responsibility! Stand firm and be the "leader" you proclaim to be! Pass some laws and get some teeth into some legislation that will actually deter some of these criminals. Right now they are laughing at you because they know you don't have it in you to hold them accountable. How do I know they are laughing at you, because they keep re-offending, knowing that they won't be punished!

It is high time that judges and politicians take a long hard look at what they are creating. The judges of this country should be held to the strictest of laws with no room for "interpretation". Politicians should pass those stringent laws and make it impossible for the system to fail. Will one of you be the one to start some of these changes? Will one of you be the one whose legacy is making our children safer? Or will you all continue to allow these people to get away with murder and encourage others to follow suit by the lack of punishment bestowed upon them?

Stand up for your country before your country stands up against you!!

Kristi Rogers
Fort McMurray, AB

Posted: 2007-01-31 18:57:12

To the Canadian Members of Parliament:

My name is Grant McGillis and I am writing this letter on behalf of my late son, Dylan Cole McGillis, all of his extended families, friends and concerned Canadian citizens. Dylan was a Lloydminster, SK resident who was murdered in an unprovoked and brutal attack on Whyte Ave, Edmonton, AB on November 19, 2006.
Dylan was just 20 years old and was in Edmonton for the weekend visiting his girlfriend, also from Lloydminster, who was attending to her post-secondary education. Saturday, November 18, 2006, he and three friends who were also former Lloydminster residents went out to a night club on the “trendy” or notorious (depending on your point of view) Whyte Avenue for an evening of fun. As they were on their way back to their vehicle, Dylan and his friend were jumped by a group of 5 or 6 thugs which quickly grew to approximately 15 people. Dylan was knocked to the ground, was able to get up and tried to get away from his attackers, but to no avail as they were pursued down the street. Again, he was swarmed and knocked to the ground, got back up and then someone in the pursuing pack lunged forward and stabbed him. A young female friend of Dylan’s thought that this group might stop their vicious attack if she shielded Dylan from their blows. She was sadly mistaken as she sustained knife wounds to her arm as a result of her courageous act. Just seconds later, only meters from where Dylan was stabbed, another young man was pulled from his truck and stabbed multiple times by what is believed to be the same coward who murdered Dylan. To date there have been no arrests in either attack. There were seven stabbings in Edmonton that weekend, two of which were fatal.
With many family and friends at his bedside, Dylan fought for his life for 15 long hours, enduring 3 emergency surgeries until he could fight no more. This was the worst time in any of our lives, to watch our son, brother, nephew, and friend die right in front of us. The day he died we found out that he and his girlfriend are going to have a baby on July 6, 2007, three days after what should have been Dylan’s 21st birthday.
Dylan was a kind, compassionate and caring person who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but if it wasn’t him, it could have just as easily been someone else’s son, brother, uncle or loved one. The last two months have been the worst I have known. First to see my son in the U of A Hospital, his bed and room covered in blood, his body swollen close to twice it’s normal size from the beating and all the fluids he received, all the tubes and wires attached everywhere to him and finally, to watch my son breathe his last breath is more than any parent should have to endure.
In interviews that I have done and letters that I have written, I have tried to impress upon Canadians, the pain, devastation, feelings of hopelessness and heart-ache that we feel every single day, but can’t seem to find words strong enough. You can imagine having your child die, but you can never know the REAL and ongoing pain until you actually feel it first hand. After thinking of how to express these feelings to Canadians, the thought of the 9-11 attacks in the USA come to mind. All of those needless and senseless deaths at the hands of terrorists, and for what? Yes, 9-11 was very traumatic for many people, including me, however, it is only a small fraction of what I live with everyday now.
Our families have always been close and have all grieved and suffered through this tremendous loss together and we have made a commitment to try to prevent other families from going through what Dylan and all of us have. Many people have been affected by Dylan’s death because he was so well liked by everyone who knew him. Close to 1,200 people attended his funeral which is a huge impact for someone that young to make. As responsible, law abiding Canadians, we must band together to stop this violence. We have started a campaign, Don’t You Let Another Neighbor die (acronym for Dylan), to try to prevent theses tragedies from continuing at such an alarming rate; not only in Edmonton, but right across this great country of ours.
Violent crimes monopolize the media headlines every day. Edmonton has been the murder capital of Canada for three years running, but if you erased the murders committed by young people, they would no longer have this dubious distinction. Young offenders and young adults are taking lives at an ever increasing rate. It seems like many of our children are growing up these days with no respect for human life. Over the last two months, I have read countless e-mails and articles and have talked with many people expressing the overwhelming opinion that penalties need to be more severe for violent criminals in Canada. I feel the greatest deterrent for any action is consequence and it is time that we put some teeth back in the sentencing process for violent offenders.
We have drafted and are circulating a petition to lobby the Government of Canada to introduce legislation whereby there would be mandatory minimum sentences for violent offenders (as defined by the Government of Canada) regardless of age. I don’t think the Youth Criminal Justice Act should be abolished but revamped, as it is teaching young people that they can get away with violent crimes and receive a slap on the wrist for their actions. I can only guess where our society and country will be a generation from now if this mentality doesn’t change. It is so sad to hear from so many of our young people who fear for their safety when going out for the night, or even just walking down our streets.
As an elected official, I implore you to take this petition to your constituents so that you can represent those decent, responsible Canadian citizens who are asking the Government to make our streets, neighborhoods and country as a whole a safer place to raise our children. I believe that this is not a partisan issue, but a safety concern that you have a responsibility to address on behalf of your constituents. I would ask that you circulate Dylan’s website, www.dylanmcgillis.ca and the petition which is located on the home page throughout your riding with hopes that we as responsible Canadians can STOP THE VIOLENCE!
Thank You!
Dylan’s Dad, Grant McGillis

Posted: 2007-01-22 10:30:22

This is for whoever did this huge tradegy to Dylan. You will be punished and you will be served. It shouldnt be Dylan who's life was taken away, it should be your own! You f*@#ing b*@#*@ds!!
Posted: 2007-01-16 18:07:02

We were reading Josh Hunt's website and it indicates that petitions are due by Feb. 28th, 07 and we were just wondering if Dylan's petitions are due the same day?

Posted: 2007-01-13 21:02:57

Please know that you ALL continue to be in my thoughts. I hope you are able to find the strength to carry on, especially in light of "Grandpa's" waiting to join Dylan. Marlene, I know what it is to have lost both my parents. Don't ever give up hope, as that is all we have sometimes! For the person who did this, you will have to live with what you did. Please come forward..you don't know the impact, hurt and anger you have caused to those who loved Dylan. Aunty Barb P.S. Tasha, I love you!
Posted: 2007-01-11 02:56:32

I am Dylan's Auntie Bernadette (Benoit) It has been such a worldwind of emotions from feeling helpless, to deep sorrow, to so much anger. Such a terrible, senceless, brutal way to lose such a special Nephew like Dylan. The worst has been knowing what my bother Grant (Dylan's Dad), Marlene (Dylan's Mom), Tim (Dylan's Brother), Marissa (Dylan's Sister) and Natasha (Dylan's Special Love) have had to endure, it truly breaks my heart. I know that all the letters people have written and the many acts of kindness that has been shown have ment alot to all of us. It gives me hope that there are still alot of really good and caring people out there. The picture you see everywhere is the picture I took of Dylan. We were at one of many McGillis suppers at Grandma and Grandpa's and I approached Dylan stating "Dylan, Auntie dosen't have a picture of you that I can put with all my other Nieces and Nephew's." So Dylan, who never was shy of a camera and could have goofed around like Dylan always loved to do, said sure you can take my picture. He sat on the bench and gave the perfect pose and that unforgetalbe, charming smile only Dylan could give. One click and it was one of the best pictures I had ever taken of Dylan. That is the way Dylan was, he always took time for everyone and was truly a warm, loving person. Just such a simple thing has meant so much to me. Dylan and our Daughter Alicia were only 2 months apart, as well as Tim and our Son Sheldon were only 2 months apart. I remember from the time that Alicia was about 4 years old she would always say after she had been playing with Dylan. "Dylan, he's soooo funny." Even as she got older that comment never changed. Dylan always took great pleasure in being with Tim and Sheldon. The one time Tim and Sheldon had strapped cardboard onto Dylan's arms, who at the time must have been about 7 years old. They were seeing if he could fly, off our little garden shed. After being caught and scolded. I remember Dylan was laughing in that deep little laugh of his. Looking back I can see that not only did he want to be included in Tim and Sheldon's adventures it was more that he just wanted to make them laugh. That was his true calling was to make people laugh and feel good. I was once told by someone in the Desert that you can tell the difference between a star and a planet. A star twinkles and a planet dosen't. Dylan you will always be a special star in the Heavenly night sky because you will always have that twinkle in your eye and a flash of that beautiful smile.
Forever Loved, Forever Missed, Forever In Our Hearts's. Auntie Bernadette
P.S. If anyone has any information who hasn't come forward I beg you to please do so. If you haven't signed a Petition please sign one and tell your freinds and family right across Canada. I know there is strength in numbers and maybe we can force the Government to make some badly needed changes in our Criminal Justice System, in Dylan's Memory.

Posted: 2007-01-11 02:41:30

Grant, Marlene & all Dylan's family

I have just got to read all the messages on this board. I would like to extend my condolences to you, from all of us. I can not imagine the hell you are going through and our hearts go out to you, each and every day. I din't get the opportunity to get to know Dylan well , But I do know he was loved deeply by his family, it sounds like Dylan is alot like his parents, caring, giving, and an all around happy, lovable guy. I wish I would have been able to know him.
To the families, You are loved and are always in my thoughts and prayers.

To the savages that took this wonderful man out of this world, PLEASE turn yourselves in and try to turn your life around. There are many people to help you do that, So sensless acts like this will not happen to another family.

And to our goverment, change the laws so that us as parents can try to let go of our children, to let them be wonderful people out in the world today. For fear that a tragady will not happen to them.

To Dylan, you are very much loved and you are a remarkable person for touching so many peoples lives, I am sure that you will continue to touch people, through the love and admiration you left behind.

to the families: we love you all and if you ever need anything, to talk or absolutly anything you just ask. Love you all
Roxy and Dave

Posted: 2007-01-09 21:14:48

Once again I find my self without the words to say;once again I have to say something.
I know it isnt my place to do so.
This isnt just a loss. This is a vaccum. And it tears me up inside. I cant begin to fatham how family and those who are really close to Dylan feel. Iam not going to try to speak for Dylan, but everyone try and smile. If any consolation, Dylan is a better man than I, and a better man than most; a man I admire. Your loss, His loss, my loss has made me better person. Justice WILL be served. Thats all I have.

Peace, Love.

-Justin M. Krilow.

Posted: 2007-01-07 02:40:37

My name is Marissa, Dylans Sister.
This post is directed mostly toward Dylan. Im at the hospital right now dylan, with Grandpa. hes not doing so well dylan and all of us are scared for him. We all know you are watching out for him Dylan and i think it makes the family rest a little easier knowing this. Grandpa is really excited to see you again and says hes not scared. He says he did everything he wanted to do and did and was all he wanted to be. Mom is having a hard time and I ask you to help her along cuz she really needs some sort of closer before anything else in her world goes wrong. But also watch out for the rest of the family in this really hard time. I know you will be there to meet Grandpa at the gates and thats comforting in some sort of way, but at the same time all of us are selfish and dont want to let him go. I miss you alot. I miss hearing your voice, seeing your smile, I miss how protected I felt know that you were literally only a phone call away, I miss your laughter and just you all together i guess. I really missed hearing your voice on my Birthday Dylan, my 17th already. And im really gonna miss you on my 18th you were supposed to take me out for the night and take care of me for the night you owed me remember well actually i think you owed me 3 days :P There is so much you're going to miss Dylan and I dont know how to cope with it. You were a big part of my life and my "TOUGHEST PROTECTOR" no matter what no one will EVER take your place cuz no one could possibly fill your shoes. I Love You So.... MUCH

Posted: 2007-01-06 04:03:08

My name is Colby McGillis, Dylan's cousin.
Well Dylan you will be missed by so many people. I will never forget that day(the worst day of my life). My dad woke me up and told something had happened to Dylan, not thinking to much of it I went back to bed thinking nothing bad happens to our family and to that day we had been fairly lucky. My mother and I stayed back and waiting for that call was one of the hardest things i have ever encountered. When we got the call saying he wouldnt make it I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe someone would do this to a kid like Dylan. He made everyone feel special, he truly did and I cant think of anyone in this world nicer and more kind then Dylan was and unfortunatley I have to say was. Anyone looking at this page knows how well liked he was and there is nothing more I want in this world then the low life person or people that did this to be caught. What Uncle Grant and Auntie Marlene are going through is something no parent should have to go through. Dylan made every family gathering seem even better. Always making you laugh and just simply having fun. I remember when I was little about 6 I would play with my cousins Alicia, Marissa, my Brother Kyle and Dylan would make this game were we would have to find things and I always wanted to play that. There are lots of great memories with Dylan that I will never forget. But hey the bright side is when I pass away and anyone Dylan knew you just know he will be waiting there at the gates of heaven doing donuts in a sweet car and telling us to get in and go for a rip. Dylan I really miss you and I know everyone else does to but we know you are here with us. Love ya Dylan

Posted: 2007-01-03 18:24:02

My name is Kristina Olson and I'm Dylan's cousin.
You hear about these kinds of things all the time but it doesn't hit home until it's your family, friend or just someone you knew.
Like everyone who knew Dylan would say he was an all round good guy. Although we never got to see Dylan that often, when we did he always flashed that smile!
I must add that Natasha is very fortunate to be a part of our family because everyone is so close and will be there to support her and the baby. There is no question Dylan would have been an awesome dad!
We all love and miss you Dylan!

Posted: 2007-01-03 15:27:10

Feelings: Jan.3/07

My best friend was taken from me on Nov.19/06 by cowardly violence. I can't stop thinking about Dylan, for the last three years Dylan and I have been inseparable. We would talk about everything to each other no matter what it was about, right down to if he seen a nice car on the road then he would make the point to call me just to let me know what he seen a phat car, right up to calling me to let me know something serious like he crash his car. I haven't done much since this loss I can't find it in my heart to really come around to do anything. Stupid punks don't even realize what they did sure they murdered someone but they didn't just murder one they murdered everyone, his family and friends from his comfort damn you from taking him from me I swear there will be justice. We love you Dylan and I promise to you that I'll find him one day maybe not today or tomorrow but one day, cause I know you would do the same thats what friends are for they stick together for ever and forever we will stay with me always. Too the McGillis family I'm thinking of you all and sorry for your loss.

Shawn Murphy (best Friend)
Thinking of you always Dylan.

Posted: 2006-12-30 03:35:22

Dear McGillis Family, Natasha and Baby on the way,

I would like to send my thoughts out to all of you who are suffering in this time of loss. I have also in the past year lost somebody who i considered as my little brother to a senseless cowardly murder. It happened in March 2006 in North Battleford, Sk. He was 18 years old and had a very loving family, girlfriend and new born baby of a few months. His Family was very proud of him because he was finally turning things around for himself in life. Then when a robbery performed by his so called "friends" left him to be brutally attacked and stabbed in his own home by a group of 5 guys looking for revenge or payback on the 2 guys who had robbed them the night before. He ended up getting the knife instead because he was trying to keep his buddies and himself safe.
It makes me sick to my stomach to know that people can get away with a slap on the wrist and a kick out the door. I believe that our judicial system is in need of major help. They have charged people higher and longer charges when dealing with drugs and such then when dealing with murderers and it is sick because i think life is worth more then any stupid drug charge.

As the old saying goes what goes around comes around and I think that the people who commit the selfish cowardly crimes should have to deal with their consequenses in any way possible to give them an idea of how the loved ones family and friends feel.

I hope that the cowards who have done this to your family and all other families get what they deserve. I wish you all the best in your journey and hope we can all work to make a difference one day so that we can feel safe when walking the streets in our towns/cities, etc. Until then we still ask.......................
Why is it that only the good die young???

Take care all of you!

Vermilion, Alberta

**Sombody else who had experienced the same cowardly act and is wanting to fight for our loved ones rights!**

PS.( valerieturner69@hotmail.com )if there is anything i can do to help let me know!

Posted: 2006-12-29 16:01:16

That last message was from Keegan Lund!!!
Posted: 2006-12-29 15:50:09

Dylan was an amazing guy that put a smile on everyones faces. He was funny too. I wasn't around when this happened, but I've heard it so many times, I had to write it. Dylan was about 4 and he'd just got a new pair of Boxing Gloves and my dad said to him "so you got some boxing gloves, hey Dylan?." "Yup",Dylan said. "Now, put your hand up like this." Dylan put his hands up on both sides of his head and my dad did the same, then Dylan punched my dad in the nose and his nose started to bleed. My dad said "what was that for, Dylan?". Dylan quickly replied "well anybody that knows anything about boxing would know to cover thier face!!!" I knew Dylan fairly well and he did not deserve this violence. I hope the family is doing well, and if you are visiting this website I hope you will sign a petition!!!

And Dylan, Dont get too many speeding tickets up there!!!

Posted: 2006-12-28 18:10:58

Would the person who posted the following message on Dec. 20, 2006 please contact me via email at dylan.mcgillis@sasktel.net Thank you! Dylan's Dad, Grant

"Posted: 2006-12-20 09:08:11

I did not know Dylan personally, but he has had such a tremendous impact on my life in ways I can not begin to explain since I came across him the night of his tragedy.

I wish his family all of the best, my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you."

Posted: 2006-12-24 17:25:09

On this Christmas eve, reflecions of the year gone by come to mind. I wish all of the Mcgillis family and Natasha and family all the best, and hope for the future. May the coming year be filled with the anticipation of the birth of a great niece or nephew for me! You are ALL in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you can find JOY this Christmas season! Love, Barb Brouwer (the other Aunty Barb!)
Posted: 2006-12-23 22:53:43

Hi Dylan. It's Uncle Tony.(Mcgillis) I say this because I'm sure you are at this site having a look as much as I am. We had a lot of great times together,like the time you came over(you were around 10) I had just bought that ugly old moped at a garage sale. You thought it was awesome and we just had to get it running. We worked on it a lot that day and we finally got it running. you should have seen the smile on your face! It was even bigger than usual. I took it for the first run and then it was your turn. Every time you came around the block you would wave, and that beautiful smile just got bigger and bigger. I still have the old hardly Davidson,and I guess I always will.Maybe sometime your little baby will be able to rip around the block and I will get to see another beautiful smile.
The coward who took your body from us cannot take away our memories. I hope he (or they) have come to this site just so they can see what their savage,cowardly attack has done to our families.
Well it's just about Christmas and it's going to be very hard without you here Dylan. I hope that the people who did this read this letter and I hope the murderer's (and all others involved) Christmas is going to be as much "fun" as ours will be,but you will get to see your family and Dylan won"t.Please step forward and be men instead of the cowardly little punks you are. P.s.Can't wait to see you in court.

Love ya Dylan

Posted: 2006-12-23 08:56:19

When Dylan was a little boy he was fascinated with money. “Do you think their rich?” or “Wow, are they rich?” were common questions during this time. And he asked this of me often with wide eyed incredulity about anyone that had a new car, a nice house, a boat, you name it. Their bank balance was a thing of wonder. (I think later on he asked it just to see if he’d get a rise out of me because my answer was always the same. “I don’t know Dylan.”)

The memory of him with that raspy little voice and that sparkle in his eye smiling up at me asking “Wow! Do you think their rich?” came to me as I was driving the Coquihalla toward a prairie Christmas. My son Reilly looked over and asked me why I was smiling. I told him I was thinking of Dylan and I shared with him that memory.

Reilly said the last time he saw Dylan was when he was flying home to the coast and had left his CD case back in Maidstone. Dylan pulled out his Metallica CD because he and Reilly shared a love for the same band. Dylan gave it to him for the ride home. I said “That was Dylan, it may have been his favourite but he was willing to give it up for you.”

We put in that Metallica CD and rocked the Rockies. With the music cranked we reverted to our own private thoughts, me for my best friend who has lost so much and Reilly to some caper with Dylan that as a mother I should not even go there but during which I am sure Dylan was wearing his trademark grin.

Posted: 2006-12-23 00:13:53

Natasha...my message is the one with the song posted to it..if you ever want to talk e-mail me


Lyndsay Critchell

Posted: 2006-12-22 16:35:57

To the McGillis Family;
Every morning when I wake up, and every night before I go to bed, I think of you all. I am so sorry for your loss, and pray to God that Dylan's killer will be found and brought to justice. Death of a family member is never easy, but when it is someone so young and undeserving of it, it is that much harder. I have always believed that everything happens for a reason, but after this I am questioning life. When there are so many people out there everyday commiting heinious crimes, why is it that the people who make the world a better place are the ones that have to suffer?
If the past several years, I have lost numerous friends in accidents that could have easily been avoided if it were not for the abuse of alcohol. These were people I had grown up with my entire life and saw everyday in the hallways at school. None of their deaths affected me like Dylan's. I have never felt so angry, and helpless in my life. I hate the fact that his child will never truly experience who his father was. Words can only begin to epress how amazing Dylan was. It just goes to show that life isn't worth wasting. It's a precious gift, and noone knows how long they get to keep it.
Grant and Marlene, don't forget that you still have two beautiful children that are here. Make the best of your time with them, and thank God that you had 20 years of wonderful memories of Dylan. You have so many people that would help you at the drop of a hat, make sure you ask for help. If one voice can make a difference, what could thousands do?
If you need anything feel free to email me @ edbom_2@yahoo.ca

When you feel you are down to nothing... God is up to something.

God bless you, you are always in my heart and prayers.

Sherry Edbom

Posted: 2006-12-22 05:00:36

One Voice
(David Malloy/Don Cook)

Some kids have and some don't
And some of us are wondering why
Mom won't watch the news at night
There's too much stuff that's making her cry
We need some help
Down here on earth
A thousand prayers, a million words
But one voice was heard

A house, a yard, a neighborhood
Where you can ride your new bike to school
A kind of world where Mom and dad
Still believe in the golden rule
Life's not that simple
Down here on earth
A thousand prayers, a million words
But one voice was heard

One voice, one simple word
Hearts know what to say
One dream can change the world
Keep believing
Till you find a way

Yesterday while walking home
I saw some kid on newberry road
He pulled a pistol from his bag
And tossed it in the river below
Thanks for the help
Down here on earth
A thousand prayers, a million words
But one voice was heard
One voice was heard
One voice was heard

All I want to say is that I am so sorry for the loss of Dylan. I didn’t know him, but heard a lot of him from a friend that is family with him! I have printed out tons of your petition forms and hope things change. I was talking to this relative of his and as we were talking about what had happened, all I could think of was if this is happening now, I could imagine what it will be like when my two year old is 18yrs. Its gonna be a lot worse if something doesn’t change. Lots of sympothy goes out to the girlfriend. Just remember this baby will be a big part of your life and remember the good thoughts of Dylan when you look into that babies face. Don’t let the anger of losing him get in the way of baby and your relationship. Times will be hard...but look at it this way...you could always look up and say to Dylan thank you for our little miracle.

All the best to all of you and you guys will be in my prayers!

Posted: 2006-12-21 19:11:27

above message Teresa Tootoosis
Posted: 2006-12-21 19:10:25

I am so sorry for your loss.
I could not believe what I heard and am totally heart-broken.
I was frist friends with Dylan when he moved to Lloydminister in Elementary (Father Gorman) and we were like best friends. My sister Danielle was friends with Marrissa. I have pictures of all four of us together. We walked home everyday together and I have many happy memories of hime. Childhood was fun because of him. I have seen him over the years and everytime we seen eachother it was like we were never apart. It makes me sick inside to know what has happened. I live like 2 blocks from where Dylan was killed and actually am now moving because everytime I go outside I am scared and get a sick feeling... I also feel for natasha bacuase I am pregnant too and I know the stress. I'm am so sorry for what has happened and will try to help. I hope things get better for your family and I will pray for u all.

Posted: 2006-12-21 12:48:35

I cannot even begin to comprehend the loss your family has endured or fathom what you are feeling. My heart is absolutely broken as a result of this incident. Since the day that this horrible news broke I think of Dylan and your famiy on a daily basis. My brother Matt is a good friend of Dylan's as he grew up best friends with Alan. I only met Dylan on a few rare occasions but from those few times, I can remember so vividly how much of a beautiful soul he was. Every time I think of him all I can see is his big smile. Day by day as I check this website, I am honored to learn more and more about him, how many peoples lives he touched and all the different ways he did that. He is obviously someone who everyone should be proud to know. I only wish now that I would have had the chance to have known him better. It's obvious that he made this world a better place just by being in it. You are such a strong, loving, close, and dedicated family that you have moved and motivated me in ways you'll never know. Your family is such an inspiration. It is so obvious how much you love him and you should be so proud of who he became. His memory will forever live on through your family and his friends and he will always be with you. He will never be forgotten. My mom and I both have petitions at work that people are constantly signing. Just know how many people support you and are behind you 100%. I know that nothing will bring Dylan back and that your hearts will never be whole again but find comfort in knowing that God realized how special Dylan was. To Grant and Marlene, you will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. Parents should never have to feel the pain of the loss of a child, but know that this entire country is praying for the healing of your hearts. When the day comes that you get to look into the eyes of your grandchild, Dylan will be there and he'll always be there. To Natasha, you are the bravest girl in the world. Good luck with your pregnancy. Your baby is a huge part of Dylan and you'll always have that to hold onto. Dylan will forever live on through every person that he met. God bless you and your family...

Shayla Wall

Posted: 2006-12-21 01:38:17

My name is Derek Brouwer, I am Natasha's second oldest brother. Grant & Marlene, I'm very sorry for the loss of such a cool guy, and thank you very much for the support and love that you have shown my little sister. Unfortuantely, i moved from Lloyd fairly soon after Dylan and Tash started dating, but I knew that with Dylan, I no longer needed to worry about my little sister. As a father of two myself now, I can only hope that my children grow to have the same sort of attitude as Dylan, what fun that would be. I unfortunatley will never have the chance to "toast" Dylan properly, but please know that he was already viewed as a part of our family. Once again, thank you for the love and support of Natasha. You grandchild, (my niece or nephew) will be well taken care of, and I look forward to meeting both of you personally one day.

Derek W. Brouwer

Posted: 2006-12-20 23:37:14

I met Dylan through my ex boyfriend Daniel Blais. Dylan was always polite and always smiling. I'll never forget all the laughs we all shared in the group in Steve's basement. Sometimes we'd all be sitting there talking till 5 am in the morning, just making jokes and telling stories of old times. I'll also never forget the times of playing poker with Dylan at Allan's. Dylan's poker face was always a smile, and even if he didn't win the big pot or the person next to him didn't, he could still keep us laughing. I remember when I first got my license and I came to a red light, and who pulls up beside me in his little red mustang, Dylan. And I knew he didn't know I had, had a license very long, so he tried to race me. Well let me tell you my car sure didn't meet up to standard as the little red mustang. He beat me, with a smile on his face and a wave he was off. Dylan and I kind of lost touch after Daniel and I broke up. But even after that, he always came up to talk to me when he seen me in public or had a wave when we drove by each other. To the Mcgillis family my deepest condolences, and to Natasha - you'll be a great mother. Strong and proud for all the ways Dylan touched your life. Your in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all over the Holiday Season.

Serena Zelenka.

Posted: 2006-12-20 23:16:36

I went to high school with Dylan grades 10 through 12, and i also got the pleasure of working with him @ Panago. in the years that i knew Dylan i don't think that i ever saw a frown on his face he was always upbeat, and never let the negative things in life get to him. i remember one night Dylan and i had to close at Panago, well not only did we get the chore of closing we also had a lengthy list of thing that should have been done & were left for us. My attitude towards the whole thing was you have got to be kidding me. to make a long story short Dylan and i made jokes the entire night about how rediculous it was that it was sunday night, we had school in the morning, and we were not getting out of there until all hours of the night. Time flew by that night, and i can honestly say if it wasn't for Dylan turning my grouchy attitude around that night would have went on for ever. Dylan was the kind of person that saw all people as equals, friends with everyone, and always kind to the people around him.
To Dylan's parents you raised an amazing person and he will be missed by all those that knew him, and i feel blessed that i got a chance to have him in my life. My deepest condolences, your in my thoughts & prayers! God bless!
-Dez Korte-

Posted: 2006-12-20 20:09:18

Dylan will live forever on the hearts and lips of anyone he has touched. Dylan has made all of us better people, and it is sad not to be able to call him up, or pick him up for a night on the town. I remember the last words he said to me that shocking saturday night.
" I'll see u later". I think about it all the time. And i will see you later dylan, its just alot later than i could of hoped. Until that day that we meet again dylan, i just have to say that you are an awsome friend, and i'll never forget you buddy. I will love and take care of everything you left behind for us.
Your Friend Always

Posted: 2006-12-20 19:59:55

My name is shane steele, and dylan is one of my best friends. I say that because even a disgusting and horrific crime like the one that was brought upon all of us, can not take dylan away. He was strong just like he wants all of us to be. Dylan will always be there, around every turn he will be watching. Watching us grow and mature, watching our families sprout from the young lives we live to the responsible adults we become. Dylan has touched my life in more ways than I can tell you. He has been there through thick and thin, and has past on some good advice along the way, and other advice "not so good".

Posted: 2006-12-20 15:33:05

Posted: 2006-12-20 09:08:11

I did not know Dylan personally, but he has had such a tremendous impact on my life in ways I can not begin to explain since I came across him the night of his tragedy.

I wish his family all of the best, my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you.

Thank you for this post. Would you please e-mail me personally at dylan.mcgillis@sasktel.net as I would really appreciate being able to speak with you directly. Thank you!

Dylan's dad, Grant

Posted: 2006-12-20 09:08:11

I did not know Dylan personally, but he has had such a tremendous impact on my life in ways I can not begin to explain since I came across him the night of his tragedy.

I wish his family all of the best, my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted: 2006-12-19 12:59:49

To the McGillis family
As a new resident to Edmonton I am shocked and heartbroken to learn that our country is home to such monsters. I met Dylan's brother at West Ed Mall yesterday collecting signatures to stop the violence and impose minimum sentences for violent crimes. As a law student, I have seen many cases where our justice system has failed the victims of violent crime, and I thank your family for your courage in confronting this issue. At a time like this, it would be easy to concentrate on your loss and bringing Dylan's killers to justice, as I'm sure many of us would, but isntead you are working to prevent another family from having to suffer. I think it truly attests to your strength and desire to help and I can only imagine that Dylan was the same type of caring person. I cannot even begin to imagine what your family is experiencing right now and I am so sorry for your loss. I would like to offer my help in conducting legal research, or anything else that may help support your campaign. Please,please,please do not hesitate to e-mail me if you feel I could be of any assistance. amandasummers17@hotmail.com

Amanda Summers
Fredericton, NB

Posted: 2006-12-19 12:16:55

all of my condolences to the McGillis's.

i didnt know Dylan and heard of what happened through the media. Even if i didnt know him Dylan has a face of an angel and i can see it in his eyes that he wouldnt hurt anyone....I am signing the petition for Dylan and all the other ones who where killed in such a sensless way......Maybe just maybe we will be heard and changes will come.......

Karine Borrowman,Calmar,Alberta

Posted: 2006-12-19 03:04:21

to the mcgillis family and friends

I am a young lady, all of 29 with four children. This story absolutly breaks my heart. I have lost all respect in our justice system because I to have gone through one of lifes most horrifying experiences that changed my life forever. My daughter who was only 3 was killed my a man I once thought I loved and now fear as every day goes by. Its now been 3 years of heartache and he is still out there, and I can only pray that he is not hurting another child.
The only response I get is that they dont have enough proof it was him, but yet it's in his past before me. Now I sit and read the paper and hear of other stories where nothing is being done and it only makes me sick to my stomach.
How many more do we have to lose. I am behind your family more than 100% something needs to be done and although I didn't personally know your son my heart and prayers go out to you all. WHAT EVER IT TAKES LETS MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Erin

Posted: 2006-12-18 22:32:24

I am Dylan's auntie Barb and what a privilege that is. He was a wonderful beautiful boy in every way,and the world was a better place with him in it. We held a vigil yesterday in his honor and I saw his mom Marlene for the first time since the funeral. I told her that if she needed anything we were always here for her. She said the only thing she needed no one could give her. I have always been bossy,opinionated, and I've always tried to "fix" things. I've never felt so inadequate. I see Dylan's parents in such pain and it breaks my heart. I cannot even begin to imagine how they are hurting. I look at my girls and I pray I will never know. I see the young kids in our family yesterday asking people to sign the petition-Marissa, Colby, Alicia, Mandy-so young to be thrust into the roles of activists against violence,and yet they are glad to do it because they all love Dylan.There will always be a void in our family because Dylan is gone.I think of all the wonderful memories of him. The sweet little guy with the deep voice,my favorite picture of him as a little boy with a big blue bow tie,and a proud grin. When he was older and we would see him,I would ask him how he was-chit chat a little-now I wish I would have spent more time asking him things,talking with him.You always think you will have lots of chances. Don't take your time with loved ones for granted.I still cannot believe this has happened,but this family has responded in a way that may help other families in the future that may find themselves in similar circumstances. I am so proud to be a part of such a wonderful family. This person has stolen Dylan from us but not our love for him,nor each other. To those people who Know what happened and have not come forward-This person is not worthy of your protection. Save your loyalty for those people in your lives who make this world a better place and are not here simply wasting oxygen. to those who log onto this web site-please consider printing off a copy of the petition and taking it to your holiday get togethers. Filling up a page and sending it to the above address would be a wonderful and welcome gift for Dylan"s parents. God bless and be good to one another.
Posted: 2006-12-17 19:17:33

To the Mcgillis family, Good luck with this petition for change, I am with you 100%. Even if new deterents don't work perhaps it will keep offenders off the street for longer periods of time. -Murray Pattenden
Posted: 2006-12-16 23:09:13

I didn't have the chance to meet dylan but my children new him well, my kids have told me stories about dylan and from all of the ones i have read here he has touched the hearts of many. Problem is we only have the wonderful memories of him which we will keep in our hearts forever. To the family and Natasha our prayers are with all of you and God Bless. now we wait and pray that whoever did this horrible crime that they get whats coming to them. and like the family that cannot sleep at night missing their son , grandson, and freind i hope whoever they are that they cannot sleep either. The Finlay,s
Posted: 2006-12-16 22:49:36

to: dylans family & friends
hi .. i just want to say im soo sorry for you loss ... i knew dylan from marissa and i wish i got to know him better ... the funeral was beautiful. can you please tell marissa i love her & im here for her . thank you!
Jacquie Mosier

Posted: 2006-12-16 22:48:16

My name is Kristen Freeman and Dylan ment the whole to me, he was a very special person to everyone. He always went out of his way to make everyone happy, always laughing and loving life, he lived his life to the fullest always out for a good time. Justins story is a good story, Dylan and I went down there to visit a friends of ours that lived there and we went out that night and that cabbie did take us every where possible but Dylan just kept on saying "it's okay hes my friends, lol, it was a good time and a good memory of him. I just want you all to know that Dylan is with us always and we will carry his memory of him through all our lives. Its a horrible tragedy what happened and i hope to god that this petetion is gonna do something to make this world a better place! I support what everyone is doing to get through this hard time but we all have to stick together. My heart goes out to his family and friends and of course Natasha. WE LOVE YOUR AND WE MISS YOU!!

-Kristen Freeman

Posted: 2006-12-16 17:33:26

My name is Justin Krilow. I dont know what to say, but I need to say something. Dylan is an amazing person. He has this energy and happyness that superceeds that of most everyone I have ever met. Dylan helped me out and was there for me on a number of occasions, always with a smile, even when i deserved a frown. And he made me laugh; God did that guy make me laugh. Once we went out to clubs in Edmonton and had a great time, a cab driver ripped us off by taking the longest routes possible and we just laughed and joked around in the back of the cab knowing we were getting ripped off, it didnt matter. He ended up forgetting his cell phone in the cab and the driver gave it to his son. Dylan called it and when the cab drivers son answered Dylan couldnt help but laugh. Eventually he got it back....It bothers me on so many levels to know that this happend to him on a night just like that one. What can I say that has not already been said? This is a tragic loss. My heart goes out to everyone who was touched by Dylan; espacially his family, Natasha and all his friends. As well, I grieve for all those who never got a chance to know Dylan. The world is at a loss.

-Justin Krilow

Posted: 2006-12-15 15:42:43

To The McGillis Family
Dylan grew up in my sandbox with my girls. His family lived just down the street and we saw him and his family almost every day.Dylan loved life and spread that love where ever he went. We are so very sorry for your loss and hope you find strengh in knowing what a wonderful job you did in raising Dylan.You will always be in our hearts and prayers. Please call me anytime if you need to talk or just a hugs. Love you always.Shirley,Doug & girls.

Posted: 2006-12-14 13:17:23

To the McGillis Family:
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Dylan. I live in Toronto and I worry everyday that crimes like this will destroy my family. We need to put a stop to these violent acts. When I heard about what happened, I was so upset to know that another loving, and honest person was gone. I was good friends with Tim, although I didn't know Dylan well, I could see that he cared about alot of poeple. He had many friends, my brother being one of them. We all send our deepest sympathy and we are all here to help fight this. You know that you have support from all over, I have many friends here in Toronto who believe that these crimes need to be stopped and will feel grateful to sign your petition. I hope for the best for your whole family, and I hope baby McGillis will someday know how great of a father he or she had. We will all fight this till the end. Although the mourning may never leave your hearts, try to fill your mind with all the great memories you possibly have.
Patricia Turner

Posted: 2006-12-14 02:00:07

My name is Brittney Prosser and I knew Dylan through Natasha. I grew up with her so when she first met Dylan she introduced him to me. Dylan was a great guy. He was caring and loving. My boyfriend Marc and him were beginning to become very close. We'd see Dylan at least 3 times a week. I remember this one time Dylan invited Marc and me to come and hang out with him and his buddies. When we got their Dylans buddies didnt seem to like Marc very much. For no reason at all, Marc hasatquiet most of the time.(we all know how a group of guys get when a new face comes around) They told Dylan to kick Marc out and Dylan told his friends to screw off, they weren't being fair, and Dylan grabbed us and we left together. These were his childhood friends, buddies he's partied with for years. He just met Marc and was getting to know him and yet he gave him a chance, not caring what his friends thought. Dylan was that kind of person, thoughtful and not caring what other people thought. A free spirit, and thats the quality in him that drew me and Marc to him. I work at the Upgrader and have posted Dylan's petition forms when I'm on shift. I agree with how our system is messed. It's the governments fault and our society. I am doing my best to help make a change. When we lost Dylan I broke down and realized something HAS to be done. I will do everything in my power to take action. I miss him so much, I think about him and Natasha everyday. My boyfriend and I will be donating money for baby Mcgillis. I want to be there for the baby because I too know what its like to never know your father and can only pictrue what he was like through stories from family and friends. I will always be there for his baby. I send my love and condolences to Dylan's family and Natasha. I am fighting for him too.
Posted: 2006-12-13 23:17:29

My name is Mike McGillis. I am Dylan's Uncle.I say "am" Dylan's uncle for the fact that even though he is not with us in body, he will live forever with us in spirit. He was the type of boy who you couldn't possibly forget. As you have read from earlier messages, Once you met Dylan he stayed with you forever.He was the kind of person who made everyone else a better , more caring person, just by the way he treated everyone. With respect and dignity. He always used humour as his tool. I don't think most people even knew that they were getting a lesson in life , because it was always disguised in humour.I am deeply saddened,by his loss. Not only for his parents and the rest of the family, but also for the people who Dylan would have touched, if not for this senseless and vicious attack. I urge everyone to speak up to affect change, so that even in Dylans tragic death, he can maybe make the difference that I know he would have made in life.
Posted: 2006-12-13 22:18:38

Hello I am Brad Allen formerly of Marsden Sask, I rember Dylan from when we wer kids, we werent friends but i knew him anyways. I think the candain justice system is really dumb, things need to chasnge in this country, they should inflict more penalties to ppl who kill innocent ppl for no reason and also change other things. I send my sincere coldelences to Dylans Family and friends.
Posted: 2006-12-13 21:01:43

hello im mandy's best friend teagan pegg im ten years old. i no how it fells to lose someone it hurts.but its life you just have to live it. dylan will always be in the mcgillis's and natasha's heart even though you think a part of you is missing but its not. if you guys need anything i could help.i hope you guys fell better soon

Posted: 2006-12-13 15:13:20

this is a poem by w.h. auden that might provide some relief. the central verse is central for a reason, i think:

Elegy for JFK

When a just man dies,
Lamentation and praise,
Sorrow and joy, are one.

Why then? Why there?
Why thus, we cry, did he die?
The heavens are silent.

What he was, he was:
What he is fated to become
Depends on us.

Remembering his death
How we choose to live
Will decide its meaning.

When a just man dies,
Lamentation and praise,
Sorrow and joy, are one.

—W.H. Auden

Posted: 2006-12-12 00:20:02

Dylan was nothing but a nice guy all around when i was held back in grade 6 and he was first in lloydminster we were in the same class he was the first friend i made out of that grade 6 class and kept a good friendship for years i also remember him at all times with my family even if we try to get him a lil riled up he never show anger he laugh and smile he never ever showed any sign of violence just that big smile of his mrs.mcgillis i must say i will never forget the first day i met him and the last day i seen him for the simple fact he had that smile of his he was one of the nicest guys i ever knew and i give my deepest sympathy to your family
neil greening

Posted: 2006-12-12 00:04:56

I am the heartbroken Grandmother of Dylan Cole McGillis who was savagely beaten Nov 19th 2006 on Whyte Avenue. When trying to escape from 15 or so thugs some little scum of the earth slipped in and stabbed him fatally. I am left reeling watching the pain and anguish of our son Grant, his Dad, Mom Marlene,Brother Tim, Nephew Dustin, Sister Marissa and his girlfriend Natasha carrying Dylan's unborn baby. As a family we are very close and loved Dylan who was so loving, thoughtful and caring. He exuded such love and compassion everyone loved him and he would help anyone in need. When Dylan introduced us to Natasha, she said, "Dylan is so kind and special".She loved him and yes he truly was. While out shopping in Lloydminster and some one noticed I was a McGillis I was often asked, "Do you know Dylan McGillis"?I was always so proud to say, "yes he is my Grandson".He was always described as kind, caring, loving and of course handsome by these people. TV coverage of Prime Minister Harper taking his children to school and shaking their hands good-bye at the school door keeps popping into my head. I know if he was Dylan's father Dylan would have given a big hug and kiss no matter who was watching as he did to all his family members. Perhaps our politicians could practice using a little cae, compassion and love to change our laws to do away with a justice system that protects criminals and young offenders. The majority of our population are the ones who have no rights and no protection in our "free, liberal", Canada. Why should, or more important, why do we, the majority, let this go on while these thugs roam our streets, kill our kids and grandchildren and when are caught we often protect these criminals and so called young offenders. Some have described them as animals and I beg to differ saying animals don't swarm one another and when one tries to retreat from an attack still stick him with a knife. I know there are people who know who these thugs are and I beg you to turn them in and get these low lifes off the steets and keep them off our streets. My grandson will never see his unborn child and he would have been such a loving, caring, wonderful Dad. Grandpa and I spent Thanksgiving with Grant's family the last time we saw Dylan. I will never see Dylan's wonderful smile again, given a big hug or hear him say, "I love you, Grandma", and it devastates me. I am so thankful to have had his love and affection for 20 years. His Dad said," if only we could be as good as Dylan was", and we do have to try. Dylan was a great guy and bought out the best in everyone. It's too bad he couldn't have met the cowards that swarmed him
and perhaps could have taught you love and compassion as he did me. I hope everyone will band together and force our politicians to change our laws and get tough and make people accountable. I urge you to boycott the bars on Whyte Avenue as they really don't seem to care except for the almighty dollar. I pray Dylan's tragic, senseless death will help to get our sick society back on track.

Posted: 2006-12-12 00:03:41

I am Dylan's Grandpa (Grant's Father). Dylan was always a rascal. I've never been a very patient man and Dylan knew this. He loved to push my buttons and always knew which ones to push. When he saw that. I was ready to lose it, he would flash that big smile of his and say "just kidding Grandpa". I could never get mad at him. I told Dylan
countless times over the years, "Dylan, don't ever lose that smile and you will get through this world just fine ". I was wrong..............Luv Ya Dylan.....

Posted: 2006-12-11 00:50:17

To the Mcgillis family & Natasha,

My thoughts are with you...I did not know Dylan..but from the messages that have been entered I can tell he was a great guy..I have a 4 year old son and I am so worried of what the future has to bring if it is this bad now, My husband and I were even thinking of having another baby but I am scared for my son let alone another child..Every weekend when I wake up and reach for the paper or watch the news I hope nobody else has been murdered or visiously attacked and thier face be on the front on the newspaper or news headlines...I never thought I would live in the murder capital of canada...my in-laws live out of edmonton and fear for us..they would like us to get out of the city...but I don't know where it is save anymore...This is sad and has to stop!!! Once again our thoughts and prayers are with you...Donna

Posted: 2006-12-10 18:34:50

To the family in your loss

Another tradgedy,, and I am friend of Gary and Julie Hunt's Together we must come together as a united front and make the needed changes..Speak out and forward the petitions to everyone. I have lost several friends to murder, and recently, another friend lost her 14 year old son to a senseless beating. I have had toooooo many of these incidences in my life, and do not ever think it could not happen to me or anyone!! It has to stop,, these youths murdering youth or adults for that matter,,, it does not matter they deserve to be incarcerated.. How can this continue without some serious changes,,, how many more families, friends, relatives must go through this pain and gried.. My kids are wondering what the next 2 years will bring ,, a daughter who is 15 and a son who is 13 friends of the Hunt family kids...
My prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time...


Posted: 2006-12-10 17:51:49

Hi my name is Mandy Mcgillis I am 10 years old and Dylan was my cousin.I remember once when I
asked Dylan to walk on his hands for me and he said he would if I popped his blood blister and I said no so he chased me around screaming pop it Mandy pop it! And that's how he was. Always goofy and he was a really great guy to everyone.I hate it that I'll never get to see him again.I don't know why anyone would do this to Dylan he didn't deserve it.Especially because him and Natasha were perfect for each other.He'll always love Natasha no matter what and he'll ALWAYS be with her.We all love you Dylan!

Posted: 2006-12-10 02:37:57

On behalf of Dylan's family, I would like to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughts and prayers. It has been an incredibly tough road so far and I don't think that road will ever end. This is the toughest thing that I have ever had to deal with and I'm finding it very difficult to know which way to turn next. I am so sad for everyone that has been effected by this horrible tragedy. My heart aches that Dyan won't be here to raise his child, that he won't be able to hold Natasha's hand in the delivery room or give us all the joy of being around him. I know that he will be here in spirit looking over all of his family and friends, because that's the kind of guy Dylan was. I always admired Dylan for his carefree attitude, even if I didn't always agree with it. For those of you who never knew Dylan, he really was a kind and gentle person who would help you at the drop of a hat and expect nothing in return. Since his death, I have heard many more stories about Dylan that reinforces what I have just said. This is such a sad and senseless loss of such a wonderful human being. I'm having a hard time writing things about him, because I think of something and I am overwhellmed with emotion. He had such an impact on everyone that knew him, but mostly on his family. I know our lives will never be the same. I am heartbroken for Dylan's sister, brother and mother because I know how they feel, absolutely devastated. I try not to think of the horrible way that I last saw him in the ICU or at the funeral home, and only how he was when he was with us..."full of life". It is still so sureal, and I have a hard time believing he is really gone. I don't think anyone will ever be able to ease our pain, but by starting our *D*on't*Y*ou*L*et*A*nother*N*eighbor die crusade, we hope we can prevent someone else from experiencing what we have had to. Please let everyone you know about this fight so that we can all stop it together! Among the many great memories I have of Dylan, the one that I will cherish the most is how he would ALWAYS give me a big hug and say "I love you DAD"! I love you too Dylan! Dad.
Posted: 2006-12-10 02:25:00

I am so very angry at the violence in our province. Why are some people so heartless? Why do these heartless people think that they are entitled to search and destroy the lives of those who find themselves in their "rightful" place at the "wrong" time! The city streets need better lighting, more police presence,and a by-law against loitering, the number of people allowed to walk side by side on a sidewalk at one time, just name a few ideas that come to mind.Crime Stopper's, should automatically increase the reward for crimes that take a life in an effort to at least bring these criminals to justice.This crime should never have happened!Justice must prevail for Dylan!
Posted: 2006-12-09 22:02:51

It's not lady like to say what I would do with these hoodlums! My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you, and especially with my niece, Natasha. Justice will be done, just not soon enough! Barb
Posted: 2006-12-08 14:52:45

McGillis Family and Natasha & baby,
we are so sorry for your loss and i dont know what to say to make it better i know there is nothing, but my prayers go out to all of you suffering from this horrible incident that never needed to happen,Dylan was the nicest guy i ever met, i know if the people who did this ever took a minitue to get to know dylan they would be kicking kicking them selves because he was nice to everyone. my best memory of dylan is when natasha and i would go to tirecraft eveyday at lunch to go see the boys we will never forget you dylan.
love the mackiborski family Brent Jayda Ethan

Posted: 2006-12-08 10:50:10

McGillis family,
So sorry and saddened to hear the terrible news of Dylan. We remember him as such a fun boy when he lived here in Agassiz.
We totally support your cause to have the laws changed and know Dylan's legacy will be profound.
In sympathy,
Lucas family

Posted: 2006-12-08 02:04:22

first of all i want to say that i am so sorry to hear about ur loss and i wish there were words that could be said to make everything all better.
i went to elementary school with dylan and also to Holy Rosary, in grade 10 i switched to L.C.H.S. but that didn't stop me from being with my friends from holy and even though dylan and i had lost touch, the little times that i did see him he was always smiling and always making me laugh. It's not like he had to try very hard to dylan it came naturally.
When i first heard the news which was the next morning i was in so much shock...how could someone do this to Dylan? It's Dylan, what would he have done to deserve this? Then i began thinking of so many memories, there is one inparticuar that i will never forget
when we were alot younger (like still at Father Gorman) a bunch of our friends went to the park to have a game of ball. I was up to bat and Dylan was pitching, he tossed the ball and i swung the bat as hard as i could, i hit it and it smoked Dylan right square in the forehead, he fell right to the ground. I felt SO HORRIBLE, no body made a peep we didn't know what he was gonna do. Then we all ran over to see if he was ok and he was laughing hysterically. And he just kept saying it's ok, it's ok. He came to school the next day and he had this huge goosebump on his head and i couldn't stop apologizing to him and when people were bugging me about it at school and trying to make me feel bad, Dylan knew i felt bad enough and made sure that i was to know that he was ok and that he knew it was an accident.
That's just the kind of person Dylan was. He never wanted to offend anyone and was always around to say the right thing. To make everyone feel better. That was just Dylan and when you look at his picture you can see that in his eyes. He'd never hurt anyone.
I just turned 21 and i have a baby of my own, he will be 4 months old soon. And i look at him and i just couldn't imagine anything happening to him that happened to Dylan. I wouldn't know what to do and your only doing what you know how too. I support you 100% and i wish only the best for baby dylan, he has some big shoes to fill but if baby dylan is anything like dylan, it won't be hard. dylan is always going to be watching over baby dylan and natasha. This world would be a better place if we all lived a little like dylan.
Natasha i know you ment alot to him and he is always going to be with you whether it's when u're laying in bed, watching t.v. and yes..when u're in the delivery room. he will be embracing you and showering you with his love because he cared so much for you, more than words can describe.

Posted: 2006-12-07 18:29:40

Marlene & Grant:

Although I have not seen either of you for many years it was devastating to see the grief on your faces on the news clip. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have two boys age 18 & 20 and cannot even begin to fathom the depth of your grief. Please know that we will be sending in petitions in support of your efforts.


Dona Braun (formerly Goodfellow)

Posted: 2006-12-04 16:28:28

> *----- Original Message -----* *From*: Evan Edbom
> *Date*: Monday, November 27, 2006 1:31 pm *Subject*: Let me know > Hi!
> >
> > I just wanted to extend my condolences once more to the whole
> > family and
> > offer my support in any initiatives you might promote in your
> > "Stop the
> > Violence" Campaign. I visited Dylan's memorial on Whyte Avenue
> > this
> > weekend, and it is mere steps from a place where many of my
> > friends and
> > I have frequented in the last year. It really could have been any
> > one of
> > us. The same problems are apparent in Calgary as well and I see
> > the
> > reports every day. The problem is that the public forgets about
> > them
> > once they are no longer on the front page of the newspaper. I
> > applaud
> > the courage your family has shown in making an effort to keep the
> > issue
> > at the forefront of everyones minds. It is the community level
> > lobbying
> > and support that will make the difference in this fight.
> >
> > I drove down Whyte Avenue on Saturday night between 1:30 and 2:30
> > am and
> > I seen something I haven't noticed much of in the past. Multiple
> > teams
> > of officers patrolling the club area and sidestreets, on foot, in
> > addition to regular patrol cars. This is one step in taking back
> > the
> > streets from the cowardly masses who rely on large groups and
> > weapons to
> > prey on innocent, unarmed and unsuspecting individuals.
> >
> > Keep up the pressure at all levels, and if I can help further your
> > cause
> > in any way, please get in touch.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >
> > Evan Edbom
> >
> > _______________________________
> > *Evan Edbom, CSO*
> > Human Resource Officer
> > South Rock Ltd.
> > #9, 4825 Westwinds Drive NE
> > Calgary, AB T3J 4L4
> > Ph: (403)293-9300
> > Cell: (403)829-4609
> > Email: edbom@southrock.ca

Posted: 2006-12-04 01:04:07

From: Natalie

Date: Monday, November 27, 2006 1:10 pm

> I am so sorry for all you lost. I am a mom with two young kids and
> I fear for their future just as you worried for your son coming to
> Edmonton. I live not far from Edmonton and know things are going
> to get alot worse before and if they ever get better. Please if
> there is ever anything you need help doing don't hesitate to call.
> Everybody needs to stick together and try to change the awful
> things that are happening to our kids. Take care.

Posted: 2006-12-04 01:03:08

>Date: Saturday, November 25, 2006 11:18 pm
>Subject: My condolences and support
> > To the McGillis family,
> >
> > Please accept my depest condolences for the loss of your
> > son. I don't
> > need to say how senseless it is; only that I too am tired of this
> > sort of
> > cowardly behaviour that is not adequatley dettered in our society
> > by weak
> > precedents set in our court system.
> >
> > Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the honourable
> > thing, to
> > take the high road, as my parents taught me. I was often bullied
> > as a
> > child and as a teen, but throughout my life have resisted violent
> > retribution for wrong done to me. I have been assaulted and
> > harrassed, for
> > no reason, and pursued the matter before the courts on three
> > occasions. All
> > three times, the courts failed to adequately punish the guilty
> > parties,
> > twice because of their young age. I would like to offer any
> > support to your
> > campaign to adjust the ineffective laws that allow victims to be
> > further
> > victimized by the overly lenient laws that are in effect today.
> >
> > You can add my name to any petitions you make. I will
> > address the
> > list of politicians you have on your website.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Keith Allred

Posted: 2006-12-03 15:55:03

Subject With deepest Sympathy

I am a friend of the family and want to deeply express my sympathy for your family. I new Dylan and know that he was a wonderful person. I am so sorry for your families loss. I feel you are doing the right thing in trying to prevent this from happening to another family. I am in strong agreeance with having a higher penalty to these young offenders for a violent crime like this one. I don't know how I can help but I am willing to do anything.


Posted: 2006-12-03 15:33:07

Subject petition

For starters, I am so sorry for your loss. I do not know you, but this is so tragic. No one should be taken from their family like that!! So this is why I am writing you. I want to try to help. How do we get to sign a petition? Print and mail to you? I am trying to get people to sign petition here in Fort McMurray. I got it from Josh Hunt’s website. If it is the same sort of petition, then I will continue with this one. Please let me know as I would like to be a part of trying to change these crazy laws. As I said in the guest book, for Josh’s family…I have a 10 and 5 year old sons, and I am scared to death to let them grow up, because if we don’t start to change the way of this life, then things will be crazier when they are 16 or 18. We have to make sure that these people serve their time for what they have taken from you and the rest of Canada. We need to make sure that we are safe and that are children are safe when they want to go and have fun. But this world will not be safe until the laws are changed and they get dangerous people off of OUR STREETS!!! Please let me know for the petition.



Fort McMurray Alberta

Posted: 2006-12-03 15:31:30

To Dylan.McGillis@sasktel.net
I am just curious if there has been any exploration of possible
partial culpability regarding licensed premises, possible over
servicing of legally impaired patrons and violent attacks afterwards
in the same way establishments can have partial responsibility for
vehicular deaths if impairment can be shown. I am suggesting both
criminal responsibility and financial liability as nothing spurs
progress as quickly as possible financial loss. I am not looking for
an answer, just posing a question that may or may not be relevant
As a parent I am saddened by the pointless loss.

Posted: 2006-12-03 15:25:39

To Dylan.Mcgillis@sasktel.net
Subject website
I'm one of Tasha's aunts in Calgary and while I didn't know Dylan..all of you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I had to smile at the service as one of your family members had mentioned the big sundog. I made a much similar comment as we were driving up from Calgary that morning! Here in the city you miss out on some of those things. I will be contacting the contacts listed. Take care of yourselves and each other! Barb Brouwer

Posted: 2006-12-03 01:18:22

Subject: Violence is everywhere in our streets...

... not just Edmonton . Our sincere sympathies . Dylan

must be a sweet kid . If that happened to my boy , I don`t know
I would do . For the past few years I personally
noticed how soft and lenient judges have become on
sentencing criminals , not only adults but mainly kids , kids who
wrong in causing mischiefs by beatings and killings .

In Jasper here , as well as Hinton and Edson where drugs

are popular , crime is becoming a daily ritual . It starts with
discipline , what many kids never had and some
adults have never known . Alcohol abuse has a lot to do
with it . Too many bars making too many bar owners way too much
and staying open way too late .

What else can we do . Pray I guess . Hoping the world
get more peaceful by people becoming less violent .

God bless . Take good care . joe .

Posted: 2006-12-02 23:54:00

This is just sad, So many people are being killed and there is nothing being done about this. This is a sad reminder to everyone here in saskatoon about the stabbing of Justin Sproat, and Phillip Roy!.The murderers just laugh about this, and we cant do anyhting about this. We NEED stonger laws and punishments for things like this!! If no one speaks up nothings going to happen. I was friends with sproat and roy, and hearing this just makes me so angry. Kids killin kids, HORRIBLE. Whats to stop people from killing now, since all they get is a slap on the wrist. Like I said, i live in saskatoon, and I cant even walk with out worrying about me or my freinds getting stabbed. Youth are getting ahold of weapons, I hear of guns getting pulled on people, and people getting stabbed. This is just unbelieveably outragous And I am terribly sorry to hear about your son, and I send my condolences. We need to end the violence of the youth. I hope they find the people who stabbed your son, and they get what they deserve. R.I.P To all those who die young.
Posted: 2006-12-01 21:34:42

----- Original Message -----
From: wirecon@gmail.com
Date: Sunday, November 26, 2006 3:43 pm
Subject: Whyte ave

> Hello, my name is michael. I wanted to say that I was outraged to
> hear of your sons death as a friend and I were jumped outside of a
> whyte ave bar, within a block away of this tradgedy. Again it
> wasn't just 1 person, there were 5 attackers. No one on the
> streets did anything and the bouncer after witnessing the
> altercation that began in the bar, wouldn't even let us stay
> inside until they had left. I told him we were going to get
> jumped by these guys if he forced us to leave. It obviously wasn't
> his problem, he pushed me out the door, I received a couple of
> blows to the head resulting in the loss of my glasses. Without
> them I have no depth perception and can't recognize anything
> further than a foot from my face. After my buddy got them off of
> me the began kicking and punching him, spilling out onto gateway
> blvd in traffic. The worst part about the whole ordeal was that
> we were considered lucky by our parents and friends. After seeing
> what you've been through, we were lucky. I would love to help in
> anyway I can to change the violence in edmonton. Please keep me
> up to date with the organization you have formed.
> Sincerely,
> Mike
> Michael J Kopp

Posted: 2006-12-01 16:47:42

From: Lindsay

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2006 2:57 pm

> First, I am very sorry for your loss. This was a senseless act of
> violence.I hope they find and punish those involved.
> I lost my youngest sister two years ago. She was killed by an
> impaireddriver and she was only 17 years old. She too was the
> heart and soul of our
> family. She was what made our family "tick".we are now just
> finding ways to
> cope. I just wanted to write to say that I am thinking about the
> McGillisfamily.

Posted: 2006-12-01 16:45:27

From: Don Mc.
Date: Sunday, November 26, 2006 5:01 pm
Subject: Condolences

> To Grant Mc Gillis and family,
> Please accept condolences from Don & Noella Mc.(I don't know
> whetheryou remember us. Millie Mc. was my mother). I applaud
> your efforts to
> try to make a difference in the violence in the Whyte avenue area,
> becausemy son works as a Police Officer in that area, and I
> personally recall
> the problems of the area.
> Also pass on our condolences and those of my brother Hugh (and I'm
> sure my
> brother Lyle) to your mom and dad (I'm assuming Bill and Georgina)
> when you
> see them.
> Don Mc.

Posted: 2006-12-01 16:37:33

From: Jamie Rowswell
To: Dylan.McGillis@sasktel.net
Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2006 10:42:05 -0600

Just wanted to let you know that the whole McGillis family is in my thoughts and prayers. May the family find comfort and peace somehow through this tragic event.

Jamie Rowswell

Lloydminster/Cut Knife

Posted: 2006-12-01 16:36:37

I will be sure to check back on Dylan's site periodically. Being relatively the same age as Dylan, I can not even begin to fathom the loss, and , like you, can only wish that no other family will ever have to. You have my permission to post my letter, as well as the poems. Both are from unknown authors. You will all remain in my prayers. God Bless and take care. Amy McCrea

> Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2006 03:00:54 -0800
> From: dylan.mcgillis@sasktel.net
> Subject: Re: Dylan McGillis
> To: a_mccrea@hotmail.com
> We would like to thank you for your kind words and support through this heart-wrenching time. We are currently in the process of updating Dylan’s website, www.dylanmcgillis.ca so that we are able to share all the caring e-mails we have received with everyone who visits this site. We are also going to initiate pertinent petitions so that we might pressure our politicians into revamping our judicial system, with hopes that other parents, families and friends don’t have to go through what we have. We hope that you will revisit Dylan’s site periodically to view updates. With your permission we would like to post your letter in our public forum. We will of course remove any of your personal information such as telephone numbers as requested. Please respond at your earliest convenience. Again, thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Words cannot describe how much this means to us. God Bless and take care of you and yours.
> The Dylan McGillis Family
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Amy McCrea
> Date: Thursday, November 30, 2006 9:05 am
> Subject: Dylan McGillis
> >
> >
> > Dear Dylan's Family,
> >
> > I heard about your site about Dylan's awful passing from a family
> > friend, Rod Lutz, of Medicine Hat. I just wanted to pass on my
> > sincere sympathies to each of you in Dylan's senseless death. I
> > thought I would pass on a quote and a poem that have helped others
> > in their time of need. I have no doubt that Dylan will never be
> > forgotten. Amy McCrea
> >
> > "Count the night by the stars, not the shadows;
> > Count your life by the smiles, not the tears."
> >
> >
> > "My First Christmas in Heaven"
> > I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below
> > with tiny lights like heaven's stars reflecting on the snow.
> > The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away that tear
> > for I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.
> >
> >
> > I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear
> > but the sounds of music can't compare with the Christmas choir up
> > here.
> > I have no words to tell you of the joy their voices bring
> > for it is beyond description to hear the angels sing.
> >
> >
> > I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your heart
> > for I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.
> > I can't tell you of the splendor or the peace here in this place
> > Can you just imagine Christmas with our Savior face to face?
> >
> >
> > I'll ask him to lift your spirit as I tell him of your love
> > so then pray for one another as you lift your eyes above.
> > Please let your hearts be joyful and let your spirit sing
> > for I am spending Christmas in heaven and I'm walking with the King.

Posted: 2006-12-01 16:34:30

From: Ken Laninga

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2006 5:08 pm

Subject: your website

> You are doing a wonderful job with your site at
> http://www.dylanmcgillis.ca/
> I saw you interviewed on CFRN TV just now.
> If enough people insist that our courts get TOUGH on all crime,
> maybe the politicians will listen.
> Maybe Dylan will not have died in vain. My deep sympathies to all
> of you.
> *************
> http://www.sticksite.com/ Ken Laninga

Posted: 2006-12-01 16:27:54

From: Linda Lieber

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2006 6:35 pm

Subject: Re: Dylan McGillis

> Mr & Mrs. McGillis, Natasha and Family;
> I am so very saddened by your loss, Dylan sounded like a very
> wonderfulyoung man with a great life ahead of him. It is sad that
> his life was taken
> so young and that he will never have the chance to see his child
> grow up
> into and fine young lady or man. My prayers are with you in this
> time of
> sorrow.
> I am do agree that this person that killed your son should be a
> man and step
> forward. Someone other person that was there that night knows who
> did this
> to Dylan and/or the parents of this man.
> As does your family, I also believe that there are changes needed
> in our
> justice system. For one I believe that there should be no young
> offender'sact to protect the identity of young offenders that
> commit a murder. These
> young offenders know what is right and what is wrong. As for
> punishment in
> our country when you take the life of another, you should never be
> eligiblefor parole or on the streets again in 2 years , I believe
> that when they
> give you life, you should spend life behind bars for committing
> such an
> offence.When I have the chance to get to a printer as i don't have
> one, I
> will be filling out one of the forms as well and mailing it in.
> Again please know that all of your family is in my prayers and
> thoughts.
> Sincerely;
> Linda Lieber
> Live, Laugh & Love

Posted: 2006-12-01 16:24:27

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2006 10:54 am

Subject: Dylan

> I just wanted you to know that my heart goes out to you and your
> family in having to deal with this unnecessary tragedy, and also
> to let you know that I e-mailed the Alberta Minister of Justice,
> asking him to take a stand on the youth violence that has gotten
> out of hand. My heart breaks when I think of what you must be
> going through as I am a mother as well, and can't image the
> nightmare you are living everyday. Know that there are a lot of
> people that don't even know you, that are grieving with you. I
> pray that you will make it through this very difficult time.
> Brenda

Posted: 2006-12-01 16:20:40

----- Original Message -----

From: Jane C.

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 9:07 am

Subject: savage attacks

> To the McGillis Family,
> I am so sorry for your loss and the undescribable pain you must be
> experiencing. My son (22) was brutally attacked in Lloydminster
> in May of this year. The similarity in this event brought back
> the fear and panic we felt at that time. Our son's friends got
> away, while he was attacked and brutally beaten by 5 thugs he had
> never seen before, only 3 blocks from his home.. After hearing
> your tragic story, and another horendous beating incident in Onion
> Lake (innocent 17 yr old boy), I again thank God that there were
> no weapons involved in my son's incident. These offenders were
> never found and brought to justice. Victim Services have been
> most helpful, and still touch base with us, but we have heard
> nothing more from the Police, or where they are at in their
> investigation. Something needs to be done to stop this senseless
> violence. Let me know if I can help.
> Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
> -Jane C.
> Lloydminster

Posted: 2006-12-01 16:03:33

From: Kristin Pidwerbesky
To: Dylan.McGillis@sasktel.net
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 15:57:41 -0700

McGillis Family,

I am so very very sorry for your familys loss. Dylan and I used to date in grade 9 and I only have wonderfull things to say about him. Dylan was such a wonderfull person with a very big heart and he deserved soo much more than this. I will definatley be writing emails to the people that are listed on the website. I think it is so great what your family is doint to help stop violence in spite of everything that has gone on in your world this past week. If there is anything I can do feel free to email me at kristin_pidwerbesky@hotmail.com . I want you all to know that your family and Dylan are in my thoughts. Dylan will always have a place in my heart as well as thousands of others. Dylan made an impact on so many people's lives and that is a huge thing to say about someone only 20 years old. It says so much about the person he was and you must be very proud to have raised such a wonderfull person. Im soo sorry.


Kristin Pidwerbesky

Posted: 2006-12-01 16:01:38

From Ron & Pam
Sent Thursday, November 30, 2006 8:27 am
To Dylan.McGillis@sasktel.net
Subject petitions
Dear Mcgillis Family,
As a concerned Lloydminster resident and mother of 2 children, feel that
what you are saying is absolutely true we as people, parents,
grandparents need to band together to make changes in the way of the
justice system.I have contacted Gary Hunt and requested we here in Lloyd.
set up a petition signing table in the near future.I am waiting on a call
back from Gary or his people.They were looking into paper and photocopying
for here in Lloyd. I am expecting a call this morning. I along with a friend
who's son was stabbed outside Calgary in March are going to organize this
event. We do need a few volunteers to help sit at the table.If you or anyone
of your family would like to be a part of this you are more than welcome if
not at this time I can totally understand that as well.Please feel free to
contact me and I will be more than glad to shair with you any information I
have on this event.I just feel we need to do something and this is one way I
can help out.I didn't know Dylan but I work at the Hospital as well as the
Dr. Cooke so I do know some of Dylan's family which makes me want to do this
even more.They are great people this is the least I can do to help out all
the families involved in this, so that hopefully I will never have to go
through the pain of this happening to my son or daughter.Thank you for
taking the time in reading my letter and look forward to hearing from you.I
can be reached at 825-0200 or cell:205-4486
Pam Taylor

Posted: 2006-12-01 15:51:11

>----- Original Message -----
>From: Jennifer Arych
>Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 10:44 am
>Subject: Wanted to send my condolenses
> > I am a friend of the Hunt family. I have been doing everything I
> > can do to
> > get the petitions signed to change the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
> > If there
> > is anything I can do to help you send awareness of this tragedy,
> > please
> > e-mail me. I will be more than willing to help in any way I can. I
> > wanted to
> > send my sympathy to you and your family regarding of this
> > unfortunate event.
> > God Bless You!
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Jennifer Arych
> > jarych@hotmail.com

Posted: 2006-12-01 15:47:22

----- Original Message -----

From: Margaret Robinson

Date: Monday, November 27, 2006 6:57 am

Subject: sorrow

> Please accept my profound sadness at this senseless death. I am
> so sorry.
> I urge you to contact your nearest The Compassionate Friends
> support group.
> http://www.TCFCanada.net
> We have a support group in Sherwood Park. Next meeting is Wed Dec
> 20 at 7 p.m.
> at #172 - 2833 Broadmoor Blvd (ATSAfety Training office).
> Blessings
> Margaret Robinson

Posted: 2006-12-01 15:45:13

----- Original Message -----
From: Brian MacDonald
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2006 5:21 pm
Subject: Hi

> Dear McGillis family,
> I am new to alberta and i am living here in fox creek but going
> home soon for x-mas and i am really sorry for your lost. If there
> is anything i can do just e-mail me back and hope to hear from
> you.

Posted: 2006-12-01 06:28:45

From gary.global@shaw.ca
Sent Wednesday, November 29, 2006 10:52 pm
To dylan.mcgillis@sasktel.net
Subject Petition for Changes to the Young Offenders Act
Thank you for your support on this much needed petition. Please click on the below link and this will take you to the web page were you can print off the petition form and read the support letter and sign the guest book.
Please go to: www.joshhunt.info
Words can not describe how much we appreciate it.

God bless you! Gary Hunt and Family.

Posted: 2006-12-01 06:05:53

(To whom it may concern)

Last week we buried one of my lifelong friend’s Son...Dylan Cole McGillis. Dylan was brutally beaten and then murdered with a knife in an unprovoked confrontation with a group of spineless punks on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton Alberta early last Sunday morning. He was 20 years old with a zest for life and a love for people. He was the kind of person we should all be proud to have as a fellow Canadian citizen.

While listening to the news we are constantly bombarded by reports of murders and attempted murders. It seems, however, that until it happens to a loved one, we have no concept of the pain and agony of losing someone in such a senseless manner. It is more than anyone should have to bear and it seems to be happening with more frequency. I have found the general consensus for the increase in violent crimes to be the fact that there are little or no consequences for the perpetrator. This fact is even more oblivious when dealing with a young offender. How can we as a society let this kind of action go unpunished? The laws are there to protect these thugs and bullies and personally I am getting sick of it. Why should we have to live in fear for ourselves and our children when these animals walk around knowing full well that they can do whatever they want and the law can’t do much about it. I am both scared for my family and mad at the system for letting this kind of thing happen to my friends. It is way beyond the time for changes.

The whole idea of a democracy is to run the country based on decisions made by our elected officials. Our elected officials are supposed to be doing what we, the constituents, want. Pretty simple. How come this is not happening? I have yet to meet anyone who is in favor of the young offenders act nor have I met anyone who agrees with the way our penal system is run. No wonder there is such an anti-government mentality in our country. You don’t do what the vast majority wants.

My question to you is this. If we, the people, all feel this way, what exactly are you doing to make a difference? You are our voice in parliament. Make some changes and you will stay our voice. Don’t and we will find someone who will!

I look forward to your response,

Richard Walde

P.O. Box 363,

Neilburg, Saskatchewan

S0M 2C0

November 27, 2006

Posted: 2006-12-01 05:52:49

From Gary Hunt
Sent Tuesday, November 28, 2006 11:15 am
To dylan.mcgillis@sasktel.net
Subject From Gary Hunt
First of all thank you for your very nice guest book entry. We want to let
you guys know that we really care about you guys even though we haven't had
the opportunity too meet you yet. As you know we know what you are going
through and how you feel and we will always be here for you guys. Anything
you need please phone us (780) 462-2067. We hope to meet you soon! also I
have e-mailed my brother in law Paul Pucci he is the one that takes care of
our web site and I have asked him to put a link on our site to yours. Also
both my wife and I know with confidence that Josh, Dylan, Shane and Even are
best friends in heaven looking over all of us. God bless you Gary Hunt and

Posted: 2006-12-01 05:25:23

>----- Original Message -----
>From: Tyler Potts
>Date: Friday, November 24, 2006 8:06 pm
>Subject: Hello
> > Hello, my name is Tyler Potts.
> >
> > I went to school with Dylan and we have hangout. He was a great
> > kid and i'm
> > deeply sorry for your loss. I heard what happened the morning of
> > the attack
> > and i just couldn't believe it, i couldn't believe that such a
> > thing could
> > happen to someone like him. He has touched our lives and as i
> > think back in
> > my mind I cannot bring up one occasion where Dylan didn't have a
> > huge smile
> > on his face. I still cannot believe it... Its a hard thing to
> > accept that
> > something like this can happen to someone you care about.
> >
> > I agree with you that something has to be done. I'm currently
> > attending a 2
> > year police studies program at Grant Macewan and after the past
> > weekend
> > where there were a total of 6 people stabbed we have started to
> > talk about
> > this in school and asked what we think should be done in the city
> > of
> > edmonton.
> >
> > As the discusion was going on everyone in the class agree'd that
> > Edmonton
> > needs to impose a curfue, We all think this would lower crime in
> > general.
> > Police would now have a reason to take these kids home. There has
> > been a
> > large number of crimes committed by people under the age of 18.
> >
> > Also the price of liquore in bars is to cheap, When you can buy a
> > drink for
> > 25 cents people can get way to out of control. Not saying this
> > would do alot
> > because people will always pay the money for it but it could lower
> > the
> > number of drunken people getting kicked out of the bars and taking
> > there
> > pissed off attitudes onto the street.
> >
> > The Youth Criminal Justice System is way to easy on criminals, our
> > one
> > teacher who is a Seargent here in Edmonton he also agree's and it
> > pisses him
> > off to because they go threw all the trouble to put them in jail
> > and bring
> > them infront of the courts and they get hardly anything, lots of
> > them are
> > walking the streets agian within days.
> >
> > The city of Edmonton needs to place more cops in troubled area's
> > during the
> > troubling times. They say they dont have the resources/funding for
> > this but
> > if they were to create a small tax increase then they would be
> > able to
> > afford to recruit more members and place more of them in the
> > troubled areas.
> > I'm sure the public would agree with most of what i said, it is
> > pretty bad
> > when people are affraid to walk to the streets at night.
> >
> > As a future police officer in the city of Edmonton it is kind of
> > scarey to
> > see how the city of Edmonton is changing. These are going to be
> > the places
> > where i work and the people that i'm going to deal with. There
> > needs to be
> > more police presence and stiffer punishments for those who commit
> > these
> > crimes.
> >
> > I support you guys in what you are trying to do. Once agian i'm
> > very sorry
> > for your loss Dylan was an all around great guy. We will all miss
> > him
> > dearly.
> >
> > Thanks for reading what i have to say,
> >
> > Tyler Potts.

Posted: 2006-12-01 05:19:57

From: Julie Hunt

Date: Saturday, November 25, 2006 2:42 am

Subject: From the Hunt family.

> McGillis family, we are very sorry for your loss. We know how you
> feel. Our son Josh Hunt was murdered in Edmonton on October 14,
> 2006 at age 16 he was also stabbed to death. We are trying to
> bring as many victims of these senseless murders together to
> support one another if you interested in this please call us at
> (780) 462-2067. Also we have started petitions for change and
> have received a overwhelming response. People in Canada are very
> scared for their safety and should be with the justice system we
> have and have had for way too long. Please visit our web site for
> these petitions located at www.joshhunt.info God bless you all in
> this time of grief and always. Your in our prayers! Gary Hunt and
> Family.

Posted: 2006-12-01 05:17:22

----- Original Message -----

From: Rdubuc

Date: Saturday, November 25, 2006 1:19 pm

Subject: With deepest sympathy

> Dear family of Dylan McGillis,
> We want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family on
> the loss of your young son, Dylan. It is difficult enough to lose
> a family member, but when it happens from a senseless act of
> violence we can only imagine how devastating it would be. I
> applaud you for doing what you are to make sure that Dylan's death
> was not in vain, and that because of the tragedy that befell Dylan
> and his family, the world might become a little safer for everyone
> else. Your website for him is excellent and with the links to all
> of the politicians you have made it easy for everyone to send in
> their thoughts and concerns. We have done that now and hope that
> many others do as well.
> We hope that you can find some healing and peace knowing that you
> are helping others, and that Dylan's life was so instrumental in
> getting changes made for public safety.
> Sincerely,
> Don and Lorraine

Posted: 2006-12-01 05:09:05

----- Original Message -----
From: Crystal Briltz
Date: Sunday, November 26, 2006 1:51 pm
Subject: Sorry about your loss

> Hi .. I am not too sure who this email is sent to, but if it is
> Dylan's mom and dad I just want to say that I am so sorry to hear
> about the loss of your son .. Dylan is an amazing kid, and he will
> be missed .. No matter who he was with, what kind of mood he was
> in, or what he was doing, he could always cheer people up, and he
> always had a smile on his face .. his smile was actually
> contagious .. if you could tell Natasha that my thoughts are with
> her, and congrats on her pregnancy, she has a lot of friends and
> family that will take care of her .. and everyday Dylan is going
> to be looking down on her, taking care of her as well ..
> Once again, I just wanted to give my condolences to his family
> Crystal

Posted: 2006-12-01 05:06:21

From: Jon Klassen
To: Dylan.McGillis@sasktel.net
Subject: hi
Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2006 17:59:16 -0600

hello, my name is Jon Klassen. I am a student at grant macewan college here in edmonton. I used to live in LLoydminster until up to this past summer. I decided to leave lloydminster this summer because I wasn't doing much with my life because just turning nineteen and working at staples for almost a year wasn't helping out.I didn't really fit into lloydminster because I had no real interest in doing trade work or oil patch work. Theres nothing wrong with that work, but it's very hard and work that must be taken seriously. My sister first got me set up with mullen trucking but it was too dangerous for me working on a picker truck and being exhausted/having heatstroke for only 15 bucks an hour, then my oldest brother got me hooked up with precision well servicing. It paid well but it was really, really tough work that made me respect how hard working people who are falsely labelled "rig pigs". I then swallowed my pride of not being able to fit into the oilpatch and start working with something I did know, which was computers so I got a job at staples for 8 months. It didnt pay very great, but it was enough to keep me going. After noticing my lack of progress in life, I then I decided to start pursuing some sort of education, just general studies so I can think about what I want to do for a while.

Since I came to edmonton, I have noticed nothing but trouble in this city. Homeless people, homicides,fatal car accidents and much more nonsense. I can't believe I thought there was more opportunity here in such a bad place. Maybe there is opportunity here, but I don't see it being worth the living in fear here. I live at the city centre campus residence and whenever I watch the news, I notice alot of the crime is in the same area so its something that doesnt help me sleep better, nor do all the sirens I hear. It's been an idea long in my head about maybe pursuing a career with the RCMP because I have a building intolerance over the crap I see and hear about all the time. Maybe I'm taking this edmonton experience the wrong way and I shouldnt listen to everything the news tells me because Usually the only things I see on the news is bad news, like they have some sort of crime quota/agenda. I don't even know if anything I am saying up to this point makes any sense but I just felt like I needed someone to talk to about this. I talk to my parents on the phone sometimes, who live 2 hours north east of lloydminster in small town rapid view, sk (20 mins west of meadow lake). The news they see upsets them just as much because I am their youngest boy living in edmonton. I am strongly considering leaving edmonton at the end of my semester because of all this. I still dont know how much sense my feelings make but I wanted to write to someone who also wants change in our society.

If you wish to reply to this letter with any of your feelings or concerns, please do and I will read it.Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and I hope there will be a change.

Jon Klassen

Posted: 2006-12-01 05:03:27

The Dylan McGillis Family

Original Message -----

From: Jackie Anderson

Date: Friday, November 24, 2006 10:54 am

Subject: dylan's death

> I give my deepest sympathy to Dylan's family and friends, for I
> know that Dylan meant a lot to everybody he came in contact with.
> My name is Jackie Anderson, and I dated Dylan for a few short
> months about 6 years ago, when he was in grade 9. Dylan was always
> there for you when you needed him, and I will never forget his
> smile, and the way he made me laugh.
> He will be deeply missed, and I will never forget him, but I know
> he is in a better place.
> Something has to be done to prevent more violence from occurring.
> It seems as though only the kindest people become victims of such
> heartless violence, and I think we definitely need to do something
> about this. It is unfortunate to think that you never know what
> could happen next time you try to enjoy a night out with friends.
> It has to stop!
> Sincerely,
> Jackie

Posted: 2006-12-01 04:56:17

----- Original Message -----

From: Claire Classen

Date: Sunday, November 26, 2006 10:04 am

Subject: Condolences

> Dear McGillis family,
> I am truly sorry for your loss. I did not know Dylan, though my
> younger sister, Natalie, went to high school with him and he was a
> good friend of hers. Like everyone else who knew him, she has had
> nothing but praise for Dylan and it is evident that he had such a
> positive impact on the lives of those around him. I am currently
> living in Edmonton, and it breaks my heart to see such violence
> continue in this city.
> My support, thoughts and prayers are with your family during this
> difficult time.
> Sincerely,
> Claire Classen
> Claire Classen, M.Sc. Student
> Department of Biological Sciences
> University of Alberta
> Edmonton, AB
> T6G 2E9
> Ph: 780.492.1298
> Fx: 780.492.9234
> mclassen@ualberta.ca

Posted: 2006-12-01 04:52:56

The Dylan McGillis Family

----- Original Message -----

From: Chris McGinnis

Date: Friday, November 24, 2006 8:31 pm

> To the family of Dylan McGillis
> First and foremost, words cannot begin to express how sorry I am for
> your loss. Although I did not know Dylan, I attended his funeral
> todayin support of Marlene; with whom I've worked at Canetic
> Resources for at
> little over a year.
> I had to write this tonight since I would like to share with you the
> gift that Dylan has now given me.......
> I am a father of 3 boys aged 1, 3, and 5. I came home tonight and
> hugged them like I've never hugged them before, trying to imagine
> how I
> could ever cope with such tragedy. Through your loss I am
> reminded at
> how precious our time is together and how quickly things can change.
> Dylan has taught me to never take anything for granted and to cherish
> our time here together on earth. I thought often today of my own
> family; and admire your strength, courage, but most of all the
> love you
> all share.
> Marlene, in the short time I've known you I can honestly say that I've
> never met such a fun loving free spirited being. These qualities were
> obviously contagious, passed on, and are cherished by everyone around
> you.
> I just wanted to pass on that I was deeply moved today, as was
> everyonein attendance.
> Chris McGinnis

Posted: 2006-12-01 04:48:33

From: Dawn T
To: Dylan.McGillis@sasktel.net
Subject: with deepest sympathy
Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2006 01:14:23 +0000

To the McGillis family

I have been watching the news since this incident has happened and i want to pass on my deepest sympathy. For Dylans girlfriend's i wish her the best with her pregnancy, and wish all the health for her baby. There truly is an angel looking down on you all.

I am really hoping something will be done about this that is going on! This is sooo scary, innocent people like Dylan are dying and they aren't doing anything about it! sooooo sick!!!!

Anyways, again my thoughts are with your family and just remember all the good memories you have had with him and remember he will always be with you, no matter where you are.

Dawn Tederoff from Edmonton

Posted: 2006-12-01 04:40:28

Date: Sunday, November 26, 2006 1:47 pm

Subject: my condolences

> My sincere condolences on this great loss. We cannot possibly
> fathom your grief
> and hurt in this senseless slaying.
> May God give you His comfort.
> Sincerely,
> Ms. Corry Horsman
> Edmonton
> P.s. I am contacting the decision makers you suggest at the
> bottom of the page.
> This has got to stop.

Posted: 2006-12-01 04:36:57

From Mel and Gail
Sent Thursday, November 30, 2006 0:23 am
To 'Dylan McGillis'
Subject RE: saddened by Dylan's death

I would be honored if you posted my letter on Dylan’s website.

As you know, I sent my letter to your “SPEAK OUT” Politician links. As well, I have forwarded the letter to family and friends to support changes. I have had great support from family and friends who were going to sign the www.joshuahunt.info petition, but to date, no response from the politicians I emailed. Please, if you have petitions going, I would love to start rallying for Dylan, but as you know that is why I have started this whole process. Talking to Clayton tonight and STILL seeing his eyes water, is all the more reason we need to be strong in our fight for change in this world!!! I would rally for Dylan any day!!!!

www.dylanmcgillis.ca is my home page when opening up the internet; it is Dylan’s face that I see. Clayton’s MSN shows: C-DAWG—--www.dylanmcgillis.ca. I have had numerous calls from my friends and family supporting and signing Josh’s petition linked to them. If you can get a petition as well, I would love to rally and push to get a petition signed in memory of Dylan. In all, we need to change the justice system as mentioned.

We do not know if Dylan was killed by young offenders or not, (and chances are not) but we still need to change the justice system. Today in the Nov. 29 Booster, “Leo Pare Opinion - Let Parents play police” tells us how he was robbed and angry by youths stealing from his vehicle. That is where I believe it starts….it is the parents that care and the one’s who do not!! I am a parent who cares!!!!

In memory, the Meyer family will do what it takes to change the laws in support of Dylan.

Please keep me posted on your events and changes in the justice system. My family and I will do our best to help in the change of justice as well in memory of Dylan who was a fine young man. On a lighter note: when Dylan worked at Petro Canada, he listened to my jokes. Clayton did not laugh, and Dylan did. That takes a lot so I am told!!!!!

We can be strong and rally together for justice in memory of Dylan.

P.S – I received a touching note from Gary Hunt (www.joshuahunt.info), so I believe if we can get enough support, there might be change. Let us join in the fight for justice!!!! No matter what, I will fight for the cause (in memory of Dylan).

Thanks for your reply.

God Bless,

Gail Meyer

Posted: 2006-12-01 04:35:47

The Dylan McGillis Family

----- Original Message -----

From: Mel and Gail

Date: Friday, November 24, 2006 9:31 pm

Subject: saddened by Dylan's death

> I cannot help think if we pull together and rally the Government
> that maybe
> something will change.
> My son Clayton went to High School with Dylan McGillis
> (www.dylanmcgillis.com ), worked
> with him at
> Petro Canada and even after High School they maintained a
> friendship. It
> saddens me to see my son sad, angry, confused, cry, and try to
> figure out
> why (but guess what? I get to see my son!!!). His grieving has
> made me
> search the internet pulling up petitions to sign and to hopefully
> help put
> harsh penalties on our justice system. When viewing the news;
> hearing and
> reading of a person or persons who has killed and get what I call
> a "slap on
> the wrist", does not sit well with me!!!!
> There are a lot of young people who go to Edmonton to attend
> school, NHL or
> CFL games, and the night life. When my son travels to Edmonton from
> Lloydminster with his friends, you would think a parent we would
> be most
> concerned about the highway travel, when in fact we have always
> been much
> more concerned about the violent gangs and young offenders who
> seem to have
> no respect for life. People of all ages should have the right to
> go out and
> enjoy themselves with out the fear of being attacked by a gang or
> a mob of
> people who's only intent in life is to hurt, kill or cause pain.
> Do these
> killers have this little respect for human lives? (My message is truly
> meaning Canada and not just Edmonton).
> I have to ask what we are going to do about this problem. When is our
> Government going to get tough on this type of crime? When I say
> tough, I
> mean life in prison with no chance of ever getting out ever, or
> corporalpunishment. The people committing these crimes do not
> deserve to be here
> with the rest of us.
> Dylan McGillis was a fine young man who did not deserve what
> happened to him
> and as well as his friends who also got hurt in this brutal
> attack. All of
> them involved in killing Dylan should pay!!!
> My son, husband and I were at the funeral today. It saddens me to
> see the
> pain in Marlene, her family and friends. I printed 6 pages of
> www.joshhunt.info petition and have printed MANY copies for
> friends and
> family to sign. There are way more petitions pertaining to the
> Edmontonviolence like www.shanerolston.ca
> , and many,
> many more (they are the ones that I remember on TV but how many more
> abroad!).
> Dylan may or may not have been murdered by young offenders, but as a
> society, we need to change the views of these self hearted
> criminal who have
> no conscious what so ever!!! Young offenders or not, justice
> needs to be
> served!!!!!!!!! We need to urge, and rally to have people sign these
> petitions and change the justice system!!!
> To the government contacts that I have Cc... Please do not shrug
> this off as
> "nothing", but to take a moment out of your busy schedule to
> understandheart ache and sorrow of the innocent individual(s) who
> have been attacked
> and killed for senseless reasons. I thank you for your time.
> *To Marlene McGillis: Mel and I cannot fully know what you are going
> through with the loss of Dylan, but remember you are loved by
> many. You
> know Mel's number, call ANYTIME!!!*
> Gail Meyer
> Lloysminster, Alberta

Posted: 2006-11-30 01:54:38

To: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Alberta Minister of Justice Honourable Ron Stevens, Alberta Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security Mr. Harvey Cenaiko, Alberta Lieutenant Governor Honourable Norman L. Kwong, Minister of Public Safety Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Justice Honourable Vic Toews, The Liberal Leadership Candidates

CC: The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Edmonton Journal, The Edmonton Sun

This past Sunday, a young man was celebrating his life with a couple of drinks with friends: as he left the bars on Edmonton?s Whyte Ave, he was attacked and fatally wounded by upwards of 15 young people. Dylan McGillis was not a criminal, nor was he provoking the violence. He and his three friends tried to leave the scene.

Dylan McGillis was a young, promising man whose life was taken from him for absolutely no reason. Having moved to a small city for the first time in my life, I naturally had a hard time adjusting to the pace and the connection these people had with each other. I was an outsider, and a teenager, and Dylan McGillis gave me unconditional acceptance, and could always, always make me smile. Dylan McGillis is a victim.

I do not want to live in a country where unprovoked violence turns to death; I do not want my children to grow up in a country where they cannot spend a night away from home in Alberta?s capital city and never come home again. This problem, however, does not affect only Edmonton, despite Edmonton?s new reputation as the murder capital of Canada. Other Canadian cities, such as Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal suffer from violent crimes among youth. I would like to bring your attention to the recent shooting deaths of Jane Creba, of Toronto, and Anastasia DeSousa of Montreal. These crimes need to be addressed locally, provincially, and above all nationally.

I urge you to take the tragic death of Dylan McGillis as an opportunity to prove to the youth of Edmonton, and the citizens of Canada that senseless violent crime will not be tolerated.

I propose a re-evaluation of the Canadian criminal system. Candian youth need to know that they cannot use knives, guns, and other weapons to solve disputes. Access to weapons must be curbed. The public transportation system in Edmonton must be addressed. Laws regarding youths and the consumption of alcohol and the abuse of drugs need to be re-evaluated. Youth sentencing, and youth rehabilitation need to become a primary concern of Canadians. I have no doubt the 15 youths who attacked Dylan McGillis are products of a failed criminal justice system. As Canadians, we are responsible for the death of Dylan McGillis. I turn to you, the policy makers of Canada, to address this issue.


Jenny Lee Ferguson, 21

Toronto, Canada

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