We’re learning more about accused killer Gabriel Klein, who police say walked into Abbotsford Senior Secondary earlier this week and stabbed two teen girls.
Tanner McDougall tells Global News he remembers Klein as a classmate at Red Deer’s Lindsay Thurber High School, and someone very different to the man accused of the brutal school hall murder.
“I was just in complete utter shock, because back in high school he was never the kind of person to even come across angry. I don’t even think I remember hearing about him getting in a fight or having somebody mad at him,” he said. “He was just a typical high school kid really.”
Little is known about 21-year-old Klein, other than he comes from Alberta and has been in the Vancouver area since around February.
Police say he has no fixed address, and he was reportedly staying at Abbotsford’s Riverside Shelter, where he had stormed out just hours before the attack after an apparent angry phone call with his mother.
McDougall says back in Red Deer, Klein had a number of friends, and was not someone he would describe as a loner or anti-social.
Police are trying to fill in gaps in his background and are asking anyone who has had contact with him to contact them.
With files from Fletcher Kent and Phil Heidenreich.