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By Clara Ho and Jamie Komarnicki and Jim Day
Postmedia News and Charlottetown Guardian

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CLARESHOLM, Alta. — As police begin piecing together details of a horrific roadside slaying, friends and loved ones of three young people gunned down in the apparent murder-suicide are trying to make sense of the loss.

The shooting happened at around 3:30 a.m. Thursday on a dark stretch of Highway 2 just north of Claresholm.

A lone gunman sprayed bullets at two men and two women travelling together to Calgary before turning the weapon on himself. One woman survived.

Autopsies were underway Friday and authorities hadn’t released names of the victims.

Friends and family identified them as best friends and rising baseball stars Mitch Maclean, 20, and Tanner Craswell, 22, and Lethbridge resident Tabitha Stepple. Craswell’s girlfriend, Shayna Conway, survived the attack.

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