5 college students killed in mass murder at house party
22-year-old Matthew Douglas de Grood was celebrating the end of the semester with friends when things took a sudden turn towards violence. Now, the Canadian police officer's son is being accused of murdering five students in cold blood. The victims, who all attended the University of Calgary, were discovered by police after neighbors reported hearing screaming coming from the house.
The lifeless bodies of the students in their 20's, Joshua Hunter, Jordan Segura, Lawrence Hong, Kaitlin Perras, and Zackariah Rathwell were found early Tuesday morning. Douglas de Grood was arrested shortly after and treated for some injuries. So what happened?!
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The students were celebrating with a Bermuda Shorts Day themed party outdoors until the group of 30 people moved back inside. Reportedly Douglas de Grood finished his shift at a local grocery store where he worked before heading to the party. That's when he grabbed a knife from the kitchen and started stabbing party goers.
Police say the man stabbed his victims several times and that there wasn't a fight that led to his violent behavior. It is unclear what led him to commit such a bloody crime and he has no prior criminal record. His father, a respected police office who has been in the service for more than 30 years is said to be heartbroken by the incident.
"(The suspect's parents) are absolutely devastated, " said chief Rick Hanson. "They feel so much pain for the families impacted by their son. They are heartbroken." Douglas de Grood was arrested at the scene of the crime and treated for dog bites, and is facing five counts of first degree murder charges.
The school itself held a vigil for the victims and the President, Elizabeth Cannon said, "We are still coming to grips with this tragedy and what transpired. We don't know all the details and we don't know the full impact on our University of Calgary community."
This is so devastating! I can't imagine how the victims' parents and families must be feeling right now. They were out celebrating what was supposed to be a joyous event and one of them just cracked. Who knows why this man commited such a horrific act, but I hope police can get to the bottom of this. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this terrible tragedy and I hope justice is soon served.
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