CALGARY, A.B. – A day after 5 year-old Taliyah Marsman’s body was found, and her mother was killed earlier in the week, the families have released a statement through the Calgary Police Service expressing grief and sadness over the murders.
“We all are feeling the most profound grief and sadness that stems from the inconceivable and senseless murders of both Sara Baillie and Taliyah Marsman, Sara’s daughter.
At this point in time, we respectfully request that all media outlets respect the families’ privacy and direct all questions through the Calgary Police Service Public Affairs Media Relations Unit.
Accordingly, the families would like to extend their gratitude to the Calgary Police Service (“CPS”), who have devoted countless resources of hours, dedicated men and women and technology. Although our hopes and prayers may not have been answered, we certainly in no way, shape, or form blame the CPS.
In addition, to all those extended family members and friends far and wide and, of social media as well, all your words thoughts and prayers will continue to see us through these darkened times.
The families will be providing, at a later date, timings for the memorial services for Sara and Taliyah.
46 year-old Edward Downey of Calgary has been charged with 2 counts of first-degree murder in the case. He remains in custody, pending his next hearing.