A photographer from Kinistino, Sask., said she's grieving but also has fond memories of the photo shoot she had last fall with Latasha Gosling and her three kids.
Jessica Rae said she has been stunned when she learned of the murders of Gosling, 27, her daughters, Jenika, 8 and Janayah, 4, and her son Landen, 7.
Police found their bodies in a Tisdale mobile home on Wednesday morning. The man who killed them is believed to have taken his own life many hours afterward in Prince Albert.
One of Rae's portraits of Gosling and her kids ended up being used in many news stories and social media posts.
"When I was on my way home yesterday, I knew those photos were in my home and I didn't want to be there," Rae told CBC News. "But the more that I look at it, I can just see how happy they were."
In an interview with CBC, Rae said she's grateful she was able to use up a little time taking pictures of the four.
"I remember when they 1st arrived at my house and the kids jumped out of the car," she said.
"They were just so excited to be to get their photos taken and that they got to run around and play for awhile."
She also remembered Latasha, reporting her as calm and beautiful and overflowing with love for her kids.
"Latasha was sweet," she said. "I feel honoured and that they chose me to share that special time in their life with them."
Family members said Thursday that a candlelight vigil, in Tisdale, was set for April 29th at 8:30 p.M. CST in the town square. Candles will be available for people wishing to pay their respects to Gosling and the kids.
On social media, another family member, Laura Gross, posted a moving tribute to her sister and the kids.
Here is the unedited text of what she wrote:
"To my beautiful sister. Words cant describe what im feeling now, i wasn't prepared for you to go, we still had so more time together left not only were you my sister but, my best friend. Since we were kids i typically looked up to you, I no we had our differences at times but we never could stay mad for long.
We typically had our kids doing things together, typically went trick or treating together, Johnathan and Landen typically had their birthdays together since they share the same birthday. Christmas time was typically the best, because the whole family could get together and celebrate.
Now that you are gone things will never be the same but one thing I do no forsure is that I no you and your three beautiful kids are in heaven looking down at us every day. I love you tash and one day we will be together again.
To My three beautiful Nieces and Nephew..
You three were the most amazing adventures kids I no, its hard looking at pictures without crying, Im really trying hard to be strong for you cousins but every time i turn around their are memories, you three typically loved being at auntie and uncles, to play with your cousins, watching movies, playing dolls, dressup and just being here.
Nana and Papa's house was typically the best, because you 6 were typically playing together outisde on the trampoline, the swing set, video games and movies. Janayah, you were my little chipmunk, every time you talked you sounded like one I loved you for that, Landen, you typically wanted to be around uncle uriah, wrestling with him, or sitting right close to him on the sofa watching him play video games or asking to play on the DS. You and john were typically so close you were like twins. Jenika, you were so grown up for your age, everytime you could come over you typically wanted to help with emma, she was typically the 1st one you could pick up, typically asked to change her diaper, feed her and play dress up with her and bridgette.
I have so many memories of you three and your mom to share with everyone but to do so i may also write a novel series.
I love all four of you, you are typically in our hearts. I miss you guys so much and I will typically keep praying to you's. Its hard to accept this, its hard to believe its true. I love you Jenika, Landen, and Janyah and My beautiful sister and loving mother Latasha."