Homicide investigators have released a photo of the suspect in a horrific double stabbing at an Abbotsford high school that left a 13-year-old girl dead.
21-year-old Gabriel Brandon Klein, of no fixed address, has been charged with second degree murder and aggravated assault in the brutal attack at Abbotsford Senior Secondary Tuesday.
But while police say they believe Klein comes from Alberta and has been in the Vancouver area since about February, they say they know little else about him.
They are asking anyone who has had any contact with him in recent months to contact investigators.
Klein is expected to make his next court appearance Monday.
Last night, friends and family of murdered 13-year-old Letisha Reimer gathered for a vigil to remember the fallen teen.
Today a memorial continues to grow outside of Abbotsford Senior Secondary, with flowers, cards, and candles accumulating as the community shares its shock and grief at the tragedy.
The school will remain closed for the rest of the week.
The second victim, a 14-year-old girl identified as a close friend of Reimer’s remains in hospital in stable condition. Police say she was badly shaken emotionally, and is looking at a difficult path to recovery.
Meanwhile a pair of crowdfunding campaigns have sprung up for the girls. While police have not verified either of their authenticity, the campaign for Letisha’s family claims to have been started by a family friend and has brought in nearly $30,000 in less than a day.
Yuk Yuk’s comedy club has also scheduled a fundraiser for the families.
Police now say Klein appears to have no connection to either of the victims, the school, or the Abbotsford community and are describing the attack as a “random act of violence.”
It happened Tuesday afternoon, just after 2 p.m. inside the school, prompting an hours-long lockdown of both Abby Senior and Junior secondary.
Staff, who have been praised as heroes for their actions, quickly tackled and held the attacker down, but not before he had seriously wounded two teen girls with a knife.
A cell phone video of the incident that went viral appears to show an attacker grappling with a young woman before stabbing her and tossing the knife away, while screaming can be heard.
Bystanders provided first aid and the girls were rushed to hospital, but Reimer later succumbed to her injuries.
Abbotsford’s Superintendent of Schools says the district will now be reviewing district protocols regarding strangers on high school properties.