Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Calgary mass-murder suspect posted Megadeth references before killings

The suspect in the worst mass-murder in Calgary’s history posted two references to Megadeth hours before he allegedly went on a killing spree at a house party that claimed the lives of five university students in the Canadian city early Tuesday morning.

The National Post reports a Facebook page believed to belong to the suspect, 22 year-old Matthew de Grood, featured an ominous status update not long before the attack.

“Dread and the fugitive mind - the world needs a hero,” was posted at Monday at 7:39 p.m. The first part of the quote is the name of a Megadeth song followed by the title of the 2001 album it appears on.

It is unclear what the post was in reference to and whether it is, in any way, related to Tuesday’s attack.

Police say five people were killed in a stabbing rampage at a house party at about 1:20 a.m. Tuesday, when de Grood arrived as an invited guest as University of Calgary students celebrated the end of the school season.

Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson said the suspect began stabbing the victims one-by-one shortly after he arrived. The victims, four men and one woman, are all between the ages of 22 and 27 years old.

The son of a senior Calgary police officer, de Grood has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

Following the incident, various media outlets have reported that police are still searching for a motive and that the suspect will undergo a forensic psychiatric assessment.

Megadeth have not commented on the Calgary incident; the band is set to launch their 2014 Super Collider world tour in Las Vegas on Thursday.

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