Cops: University Student in Canada Stabs 5 to Death
It's Calgary's worst mass murder
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2014 7:13 PM CDT
University of Calgary staff member Saima Jamal cries during a memorial service for victims of the multiple fatal stabbing.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)

(Newser) – A 22-year-old graduate of the University of Calgary who was about to enter its law school is accused of stabbing five people to death at a party, reports the Calgary Herald. The suspect in the city's worst mass murder has been identified as Matthew de Grood, the son of a veteran Calgary police officer. Authorities say the assailant arrived as an invited guest to the party last night, grabbed a large knife from the house, and began attacking his victims individually. Killed were four men and a woman, all in their 20s. Two of the victims were members of a local funk-rock group called Zackariah and the Prophets. De Grood was apprehended a few blocks from the house.

Authorities don't know a motive, reports the CBC. “He showed up. One of the people who lived in the residence welcomed him to the party and subsequently left," says a city police official. "Nothing indicates that there was an event earlier that could have precipitated this.” The Globe and Mail reports that de Grood's last Facebook post was "Dread and the fugitive mind- the world needs a hero," a reference to a Megadeth song and its album title. The stabbing spree not only follows one at a Pittsburgh-area high school, but another in Canada.

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Apr 16, 2014 10:07 PM CDT
To choose this story as "hilarious" is perverted. Who are these people that have no heartfelt concern for those who were murdered?
Apr 16, 2014 11:25 AM CDT
With such stupid comments below, Sure, Canada needs knife controls while in ONE city "36 People Were Shot In 36 Hours In Chicago"
Apr 16, 2014 8:49 AM CDT
This is an extremely rare and tragic event that has nothing whatever to do with gun control or, as several jackassses below mockingly suggest, knife control. What seemed to be a very high functioning individual apparently suffered some kind of psychic break and committed an unspeakable crime. Canadians will not politicize this event. They will not use it to promote any causes to benefit their favourite political party. They will recognize the anomalous nature of this crime and simply mourn the terrible loss. You "libtards" and Fox zombies should show a little respect. There is virtually no debate in Canada about weapons laws. Don't impose your idiocy on a civilized nation mourning a terrible tragedy.