Calgary Sun

Friday, July 2, 1999

Resort town pays tribute

By PETER SMITH -- Calgary Sun

FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS, B.C. -- Organizers of this holiday resort's Canada Day fireworks celebrations remembered two murdered Calgary children last night.

The children -- Brittany Yano, 5, and her brother, Joshua, 3, -- were found drowned in their family's holiday condo home at the Mountainside Vacation Villa on Tuesday.

Their mother, Diane Mitsuko Yano, 37, is undergoing a psychiatric assessment in hospital after being charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths.

The murder has shocked staff at the resort, and has brought disbelief to holiday-makers in the beautiful valley location. The fireworks are one of the highlights of the resort's holiday program.

"We thought it was a good idea for us to pay our respects with a moment's silence for the children," said Carol Seable, president of the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.

Seable, whose family has run the resort for more than 40 years, said the slaying of the two children is the most shocking tragedy the resort had ever encountered.

"Everybody is in such deep shock, no one can believe it happened here," she said.

The children's father, Calgary engineer Craig Yano, had been away from the condo for a few hour Tuesday when he returned to discover the tragedy.

"The father discovered the children in the bathtub," said Invermere RCMP Cpl. Steve Robertson.

The children's mother was standing inside the home, and Craig yelled outside to friends -- telling them to call paramedics and police.

Autopsies done on the children confirmed they had both drowned.

The double-slaying has also stunned neighbours in the southwest Shawnessy district where the Yanos lived.

Yesterday, the Yanos' city home re-mained em-pty, while nei-ghbours were in disbelief the children they frequently saw playing happily in the safe neighbourhood, had been murdered.

Investigators say they know the motive for the killings, but aren't releasing details.

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