World Gone Bad: Policeman’s Son Stabs, Kills 5 at House Party

The charges against de Grood came following the early-morning stabbing deaths of four men and a woman in the city’s Brentwood neighbourhood, just north of the University of Calgary campus. De Grood is the son of a veteran Calgary police officer, according to the chief of police.

…The stabbings happened around 1:20 a.m. MT on Tuesday at a house party celebrating the end of university classes, police said.

“This is the worst mass murder in Calgary’s history,” said [Calgary Police Services Chief Rick] Hanson at a news conference Tuesday.

…“The suspect arrived at the party, obtained a large knife and targeted the victims one by one, stabbing them,” said Hanson.

There is nothing to indicate that there was any incident that led up to the event, or that de Grood had consumed drugs or alcohol. It’s believed he came to the party directly from work, said Hanson.

…According to neighbours, the people at the house had been celebrating the last day of university classes with a fire in the backyard.

Bermuda Shorts Day festivities to mark the end of the University of Calgary’s winter semester have been a campus tradition since 1960.

Three people were pronounced dead at the scene. A female was found injured on the lawn, while two others were taken to hospital in critical, life-threatening condition, and later died, officials said.

One other person suffered minor injuries.

UPDATED: Matthew de Grood charged in Calgary’s worst mass murder. CBC News, 4/15/2014.

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