SHOCK: Matthew de Grood, the 22-year-old son of a veteran Calgary police officer, is facing murder charges after he allegedly stabbed five people to death at a party near the University of Calgary early Tuesday. The mass killing is the worst in the city’s history.
Matthew de Grood, who attended the University of Calgary, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder, CBC reported.
Four men and a woman, between the ages of 22 and 27, were killed. Two of the victims, Zackariah Rathwell, 23, and Josh Hunter, 22, were members of a local band that held a party on Saturday to celebrate the release of their debut album, the Calgary Herald reported.
Police said Matthew de Grood arrived at the party carrying a weapon the police described only as a “an instrument” that he reportedly brought from work. He then grabbed a large kitchen knife and repeatedly stabbed the victims he targeted. No motive in the mass stabbing has been disclosed.