Police say they have little information on the suspect in the stabbings at an Abbotsford, B.C., high school that left a 13-year-old girl dead and a 14-year-old girl wounded.
Gabriel Brandon Klein, 21, was charged today with second-degree murder and aggravated assault.
Police said Wednesday Klein was of “no fixed address” and had been seen frequenting various areas in the Lower Mainland since February or March and was last seen in Vancouver.
They said he may be from Alberta and doesn’t appear to have a criminal record.
Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound, spokeswoman for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said she will release a photo of Klein later today.
“We’re looking for anyone who has been in contact with Mr. Klein, whether it be in face-to-face contact, through social media or through emails,” Pound said.
“We want to speak with those individuals.”
Pound confirmed earlier police reports that the stabbings were a “random act of violence.” She said Klein didn’t appear to have any connection to the victims, the school or the Abbotsford area.
Pound commended the “selfless actions” from staff at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School, who quickly restrained Klein after the stabbings, until police arrived.
Pound said the surviving victim is in hospital in stable condition “but will obviously have a lengthy physical and emotional recovery ahead of her.”
There is a publication ban on her name.
Pound also repeated an earlier police plea not to post or share a video of the stabbing that has been circulating widely online, explaining that doing so is traumatic for the victims’ families.
A provincial court heard today that Klein has been restrained in a cell at the courthouse for his own safety, but was unwilling to walk to the courtroom.
He will appear by video on Nov. 7. He’s been ordered not to communicate with the surviving victim.
The school was closed today and counselling services are being offered to students.
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