Stabbing at UofC house party leaves 5 dead

Graphic by Adele Palmquist
Graphic by Adele Palmquist

A tragic stabbing in Calgary earlier this week left many heartbroken, confused, shocked and in disbelief.

Matt de Grood, a 23-year-old graduate from the University of Calgary, has been accused of committing one of the worst mass killings to ever be recorded in Calgary history.

de Grood stabbed five young people while at a house party in Brentwood early this week. The party was to put on by students at UofC to celebrate the end of the school year.

He was to attend the university as a law student in the next academic year for his master’s and worked at a grocery store as a produce clerk.

He faces five charges of first-degree murder.

Of the five people who were stabbed, three died at the scene and two later succumbed to their injuries in hospital.  In total, four men and one woman were killed.

The names of the victims are Josh Hunter, Zackariah Rathwell, Jordan Segura, Lawrence Hong and Kaitlin Perras.

Hunter and Rathwell were part of a local band named Zackariah and the Prophets, a band that many of their friends loved.

de Grood is the son of a  Doug de Grood,  a senior Calgary Police Service officer 33-year veteran.

The murder weapon was believed to allegedly be a kitchen knife that belonged to the homeowner.

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