Matthew de Grood, age 23, is the son of a Calgary veteran officer and the main suspect in the murders of five party goers. The murders occurred within the early hours of the morning on Tuesday at a house party. It is reported that de Grood was an invited guest to this party.
Matthew de Grood is a student at University of Calgary and was recently accepted into their Law School program and has no prior history with the police or any serious trouble. What could have driven him to such a grisly crime?
Matthew went Tuesday as an invited guest to the party in the Brentwood neighborhood, northwest of the school campus, to celebrate a long time tradition known as Bermuda Shorts Day, marking the end of classes. Once there, he “targeted his victims one by one” then attacked only shortly after his arrival using an “instrument” he brought from work, murdering five people and injuring another.
After the vicious attack, de Grood fled the scene on foot, evading the police for roughly 40 minutes until K-9 police intervention in the matter. Matthew was taken to the hospital to receive treatment for injuries he sustained from the canine unit and is now in police custody, with five counts of first degree murder being held against him.
Investigators are currently involved in trying to decipher the events that may have led to such a heinous event in Calgary history. Thus far, there is no knowledge of provocation in any way, even alcohol is said to not appear to have been a factor.
The Chief of Police noted sympathetically that the suspect’s parents are devastated, having him relay their anguish and remorse. The senior police officer and his wife have been nothing but helpful in regards to the investigation. Hanson also commented on the matter, saying it was “the worst mass murder in Calgary history.”
The monstrous nature of the stabbings has taken its toll on the officers who were at the scene. The police chief commented on the difficulty to attend a crime scene with so many young people brutally murdered.
Three of the victims were pronounced dead on sight, while two others were rushed to the hospital, but whose lives would soon be lost to their injuries. The only survivor of the attack was found wounded on the front lawn.
Following this awful event, there was a vigil held at the University of Calgary’s MacEwan Hall, attended by hundreds of students. President of the university, Elizabeth Cannon, spoke on the subject preceding the vigil saying, “Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families who have lost their loved ones in this senseless tragedy. The university community has lost a part of its family, and this is a very difficult time for us all.” The school is now having counseling as an option for staff and students affected by the murders.
What started off as a night of celebration, ended in ultimate tragedy and the loss for multiple families. Five people murdered and one injured in Calgary, a senior police officer’s son the only suspect, and they are not seeking out anymore.
By Devon Struble