5 dead in Calgary stabbing believed to be students

April 16, 2014

A stabbing at a Calgary house party has led to the deaths of 5 young people, believed to be students. Calgary police were called to the house around 1:30 am Tuesday, where they found the victims, 4 men and one woman. Neighbours report that there had been a party at the house on Monday, but suggested it was a quiet, controlled gathering. Police tracked down a suspect using the canine unit shortly after arriving on scene; they are not currently looking for more suspects. The names of the accused and the victims have not been released. The University of Calgary issued a statement expressing grief over the murders and noting concern for any faculty, staff, or students affected by the tragedy. Individuals are encouraged to seek counselling and support via the uCalgary Wellness Centre. CTV News | National Post | Globe and Mail | CBC

Postscript: April 16, 2014

The editorial team and everyone at Academica Group share the shock and dismay of the higher ed community at the tragedy in Calgary, and we extend our condolences to everyone touched by the event. Doubtless the mainstream media will unearth details and sensationalize reactions over the weeks ahead, but there will likely never be a truly satisfactory explanation, and we will try not to needlessly return to the story. We have however updated the story in the Top Ten archive on our website.
The events occurred at an end-of-term university party in the community of Brentwood, just north of the uCalgary campus. The 5 victims and a suspect have now been identified. The only female victim, Kaitlin Perras, 23, was a former Mount Royal University English student from Calgary. ​Jordan Segura, 23, was studying religion and history at uCalgary. Lawrence Hong, 27, was an Urban Studies student at uCalgary. Joshua Hunter, a 22-year-old uCalgary accounting student from Priddis AB, and his 23-year-old friend Zackariah Rathwell, a first-year ACAD student, had just launched a debut album for their band. Matthew de Grood, a 22-year-old pre-law student at uCalgary, has been charged with 5 counts of first-degree murder. CBC (1) | CBC (2)