He is also charged with aggravated assault.
Gabriel Klein is suspected of stabbing a student, Letisha Reimer, who died in hospital around 2 p.m. on Tuesday. He also allegedly injured another student who is in stable condition.
The 13-year-old’s death has been confirmed by her place of worship, South Abbotsford Church. In a statement, the Church describes her as having a deep faith in Jesus and a “ray of sunshine” in the lives of all those she worked with.
The suspect is being held at the courthouse and does not want to enter the courtroom. It will therefore be presented to justice by video on November 7.
Abbotsford School District Superintendent Kevin Godden told a press conference on Wednesday that the violent act appears random. The evidence suggests that the man “has no association with the district or the students,” he said.
Investigators are looking into the identity and motives of the suspect, Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich said. The school remains closed Wednesday. It will be until further notice, noted Mr. Rich who wants to give time to investigators.
Remove the viral video
Superintendent Kevin Godden praised the “heroic deeds” of school staff who overpowered the suspect, but stressed that security protocols are under review following the incident.
Nothing prevents a foreigner from entering the school […] This is one of the things that must be evaluated.
Out of respect for the families of the victims, Mr Godden has called on the public to cease all dissemination of the viral video of the attack which was filmed by at least one student.
Christy Clark on the verge of tears
BC Premier Christy Clark emotionally offered condolences to the families of the victims at a press conference.
“We are all shocked by what has taken place in Abbotsford. Nothing is more frightening for a parent than losing a child. It is absolutely the most painful thing that can happen in the life of a parent, ”she said.
Ms. Clark also praised the courage and hard work of the school staff. Without them, more lives could have been lost, she said.
Support for victims
On Tuesday evening, students and teachers laid flowers and lit candles outside the school, to pay tribute to the victims.
As a sign of support, students in other schools in the district may wear the colors red or black of Abbotsford Secondary School. On Wednesday, the flags are at half mast outside the establishment.
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, offered his condolences on Twitter to those affected by this tragedy.
As a parent, I am heartbroken to learn of the Abbotsford High School tragedy. My thoughts are with the whole community.
– Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 2, 2016
Christy Clark posted a message Tuesday night saying she was upset by the situation. Ella had also sent her thoughts to the families and friends of the victims.
Psychological support services are available to students in the school gymnasium and at St. Ann’s Church, located across from the school.