Abbotsford Police have confirmed that one female student has died and another is in hospital in stable condition following a stabbing at Abbotsford Senior Secondary school.
Chief Cst. Bob Rich with Abbotsford Police shared updates of the incident that occurred Tuesday afternoon.
“Our sincere condolences to both families but we are heartbroken for the family who has lost their daughter, words can not express.. I’m just so sorry.”
The suspect is in custody, and police say it does not appear the man was a student at the school. Police only referred to him as “a young man.”
No identities have been released at this time.
Abbotsford Senior will be closed tomorrow; counselling will be made available to students in the days to follow.
Abbotsford Middle school will be open to classes on Wednesday.
IHIT has taken over the investigation; motive for the stabbing is unclear at this point.
.@AbbyPoliceDept say suspect 'appears' to NOT be a student at Abbotsford Secondary stabbing, name not being released.— Emily Lazatin (@EmilyLazatin980) November 2, 2016
.@AbbyPoliceDept says Abbotsford Senior Secondary will be closed tomorrow, unclear at this point if Abbotsford Middle School will be open.— Emily Lazatin (@EmilyLazatin980) November 2, 2016
.@AbbyPoliceDept say charges have not been laid (yet) against suspect involved in double stabbing at Abbotsford Senior Secondary.— Emily Lazatin (@EmilyLazatin980) November 2, 2016
Abbotsford Police constable Ian MacDonald says police were called to Abbotsford Senior Secondary around 2 p.m. today to reports of a man with a weapon.
“We arrived on scene, we quickly located the suspect, and at the same time we ended up expediting medical treatment for two injured students. The families of those students were notified, they actually made their way to the school and were ultimately transported with the kids.”
Local mother Jody tells Global News it was a terrifying experience waiting outside the school for information.
“We heard there was a stabbing in the school, then we heard there was a stabbing behind the ravine, and they locked the school down, we heard that they caught the person that did it… But we have no answers. My son is graduating this year…”
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MLA Mike de Jong said in a statement:
“I was deeply saddened to learn about the tragic stabbing at Abbotsford Senior Secondary today. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, students and the entire community of Abbotsford Senior. I would like to thank the Abbotsford Police Department and emergency services for their response during this difficult incident.”
This is so heartbreaking. Thinking of the families and friends of those involved tonight. https://t.co/JCNp16rzb1
— Christy Clark (@christyclarkbc) November 2, 2016