Bermuda Shorts Day Ends In Murder In Canada

April 16, 2014

A Bermuda Shorts Day celebration by University of Calgary students in Canada turned tragic on Tuesday morning [Apr 15] as a young man stabbed five of his fellow students to death, resulting in that city’s worst mass murder in its history.

The Bermuda Shorts Day celebration is the largest of the year for Calgary students, bringing thousands together for music, drinking, and general revelry. The festival spawns many parties that take place in private residences following the outdoor events, and it was at one such party that the murders took place.

According to a report by Canada’s Global News, “Officers were first called to a home on Butler Crescent NW around 1.20am Tuesday morning.

“Three men were pronounced dead at what police describe as a horrific scene. A woman was found stabbed inside the home and a fourth man was found stabbed on the front lawn. They were both rushed to hospital in critical condition, where they died of their injuries.

“A suspect matching witness descriptions was arrested a few blocks away. He was taken to hospital with minor injuries after being tracked down by police K-9 units.

The UK’s Sky News reports on the murders:

“Police say he was an invited guest who, armed with a large knife, stabbed the victims one by one.”

The CBC reports that, “Matthew de Grood, the man suspected of fatally stabbing five people in their 20s at a northwest Calgary house party, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

“The charges against de Grood came following the early-morning stabbing deaths of four men and a woman in the city’s Brentwood neighbourhood, just north of the University of Calgary campus. De Grood is the son of a veteran Calgary police officer, according to police.

“De Grood, who attended the University of Calgary, was planning to attend law school, according to multiple sources.

“The university is offering counselling to students, faculty, and staff affected by the tragedy.

“The University of Calgary is mourning the loss of five young people killed early this morning in Brentwood,” the school said in a written release.”

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  1. hmm says:

    Wow the Canadians are getting like the Americans. the wold will end soon i feel it.

  2. WoW says:

    Oh no condolences to their families.

  3. BETTTY TRUMP says:

    Sad, very sad, My heartfelt condolences goes out to the family. This is very sad event that took place. I pray for the families and ask that God give them strength during this most difficult time. My heart is low. Love and Prayers.

  4. Vortex says:

    Sad. RIP Becky Middleton.

  5. Valirie Marcia Akinstall says:

    @Vortex…How are the two related?

    You are using a current very tragic event to draw attention to a murder in Bermuda several years ago? It’s called sensationalising tragic events beyond their scope, which deflects from one to highlight the other.

    THINK, as a family member of a victim, would being drawn to Rebecca Middleton’s murder help? We both have no idea, so why post it? Why trample on their grief? Stop posting without evaluating the sensitivity of the issue.

    When individuals die, pay respect to their deaths, do not link them beyond their scope, it’s very disrespectful to the families of the victims and to their memories of their sons and daughters in their time of grief.

    I would hope that the Government of Bermuda reaches out to the University of Calgary and the families via either the Education Minister, Tourism Minister or the Premier. How this is done is totalling up to the Cabinet on behalf of the people of Bermuda.

    My very sincere condolences to the families of the victims and by extension the University of Calgary.

    London, England

  6. Justice says:

    Matthew de Grood’s last Facebook Post: At 5:39 p.m. MT Monday, de Grood posted “Dread and the fugitive mind – the world needs a hero.”

    The message is related to a Megadeth song called Dread and The Fugitive Mind of the album The World Needs a Hero. The full lyrics are posted below:

    Let me introduce myself I’m a social disease

    I’ve come for your wealth leave you on your knees

    No time for feeling sorry, I got here on my own

    I won’t ask for mercy, I choose to walk alone

    What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine too

    If you shake my hand better count your fingers

    What if I do get caught? What if there is no judgment?

    If I’m right I lose nothing, if you’re right I lose it all

    I ought to get caught because I’m doing something wicked

    I’m guilty haunted by my fear and the only consequences

    Are Dread and the Fugitive Mind

    You built walls to protect you so no one will infect you

    Pursued by those out there that vanish in thin air

    Come a long way to find what you really left behind

    You don’t know when the end is but it’s coming fast

    What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine too

    If you shake my hand better count your fingers

    What if I do get caught? What if there is no judgment?

    If I’m right I lose nothing, if you’re right I lose it all

    I ought to get caught because I’m doing something wicked

    I’m guilty haunted by my fear and the only consequences

    Are Dread and the Fugitive Mind

    ———————————————————

    Looking squarely at reality:

    White folks who commit horrific crimes of this nature (and history records that they’ve done worse)are often deemed to be psychologically challenged because they are GOOD people, who are products of we- didn’t-see-it-coming GOOD parents. Yet on the other hand, Black folks are judged to be naturally EVIL–as guilty as sin.

    What do the lyrics of that song paint on the canvas of your historical minds? All of you who get it right will look like me, and the rest will withdraw into their coffins of denial. My Black teacher reminds me that the world is undergoing a paradigm shift–in that those who have been LAST for the past 400 years shall be FIRST.

    The TRUTH is always TRUE!