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Canada Suspect's Dad Thinks Son Will Die, Says 'RIP'

Alan Schmegelsky claims son Bryer Schmegelsky bought 'his funeral suit'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2019 8:24 AM CDT
Security camera images of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are displayed during a news conference in Surrey, BC, on Tuesday.   (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Newser) – "Rest in peace, Bryer." That was the message Alan Schmegelsky had Wednesday for his son—one of two suspects wanted for three murders in Canada. "He's going to be dead today or tomorrow," the elder Schmegelsky told CTV News, predicting his son had a "suicide mission" and, once caught, would go out in a "blaze of glory." Speaking directly to his 18-year-old, he added, "I'm so sorry all this had to happen. I'm so sorry that I couldn't rescue you." Schmegelsky says he split with his wife when Bryer was five and that his son struggled to cope; he turned to YouTube and video games in his teens. Still, the father says he was shocked to learn his son hadn't traveled to look for work in Alberta as expected. Bryer had bought a pricey suit. But "now I realize it's his funeral suit," he says.

A Canada-wide arrest warrant has been issued for Bryer Schmegelsky and 19-year-old Kam McLeod, both of Vancouver Island. They're suspected in the murders of American Chynna Deese, Australian Lucas Fowler, and Canadian Leonard Dyck. Deese and Fowler were shot to death on the side of the Alaska Highway in northern British Columbia, while Dyck was found dead near a burned-out camper van used by the suspects. A burned-out Toyota Rav 4 also driven by the pair was found Monday near Gillam, Manitoba, a few days after the suspects were reportedly spotted in Saskatchewan. Having set up a checkpoint on the only road leading in or out of Gillam, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police note the pair may be "using a different vehicle, on foot or even traveling separately," per CNN. (Read more Canada stories.)

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