The student who was killed during a horrific school stabbing in Canada has been identified as Letisha Reimer. She was a student at Abbotsford Secondary School in British Columbia. The attack occurred at around 2 p.m. on November 1 inside the school's rotunda. Reimer was rushed from the scene by air but succumbed to her injuries at a nearby hospital. Another victim, Emily Issak, remains in a trauma ward.
The suspect has been named as Gabriel Brandon Klein.
The school is located along Bevan Avenue in Abbotsford, about 45 miles south-east of Vancouver. NEWS 1130 reports that the school will remain closed so that local police can "maintain the integrity" of the investigation into the tragedy. Shortly after the attack, a video appeared online purporting to show footage of the attack. Warning this link shows extremely graphic content.
The Abbotsford News initially described the injuries as "significant." Acting school district Superintendent Angus McCkay told the media that the entire school district is "deeply saddened" by the attack. He added that grief counselors are being made available for students at Abbotsford at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church. While Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, "As a parent, it is heartbreaking to hear of the tragedy at Abbotsford Senior Secondary. My thoughts are with the entire school community."
CKNW reports that officers do not believe that the attacker is a student. He is in custody. The stabbing is being investigated by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team. Later, Abbotsford School District Superintendent Kevin Godden described the attack as "random," confirming that the victims had no connection to the attacker.
Here are the photos that help to celebrate the life of Letisha Reimer, a life that was ended far too soon:
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