What triggered Calgary's mass murder?

Marina Urbina gestures as she visits the flower filled memorial at the scene of Calgary's largest...

Marina Urbina gestures as she visits the flower filled memorial at the scene of Calgary's largest mass murder scene on Butler Cr NW in Calgary, Alta Wednesday April 16, 2014. (Jim Wells/QMI Agency)

Michael Platt, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

CALGARY -- A nice guy, generous and kind.

Clever enough for law school, and sociable -- those who know him describe him as a good friend, and a pleasure to be around.

The explosion of violence was completely out of character and absolutely unexpected.

Knife in hand, Jerome Bonneric ran through a West End Vancouver apartment building in January 2013, randomly stabbing strangers in an attack that sent six people to hospital, while wounding a seventh person and a peace officer.

It's hard to read the facts of the Vancouver case and not think of Calgary.



Two young female adults, who declined to be identified or talk to media show emotion as they visit the scene of Calgary's largest mass murder scene on Butler Cr NW in Calgary, Alta Wednesday April 16, 2014. (Jim Wells/QMI Agency)

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Here, a young man with a similar roster of attributes and achievements is currently locked away in psychiatric detention, awaiting next week's court appearance on five charges of first-degree murder.

Police say Matt de Grood, a 22-year-old law school student and son of a decorated cop, stabbed five people to death at a party to which he'd been invited.

Why? That question now hangs over Calgary like a dark cloud, as a stunned city tries to understand the savage and seemingly unprovoked deaths of five young friends, all connected through post-secondary schooling.

Vancouver defence lawyer Bob Bellows says the awful scene at a rental house in Calgary's Brentwood community sounds all too familiar.


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