21-year-old suspect charged with 2nd-degree murder in Abbotsford stabbing
A young man is facing two charges following a stabbing incident in Abbotsford Tuesday, leaving one girl dead and another injured.
According to court documents, 21-year-old Gabriel Brandon Klein has been charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault.
Police were called at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday with reports of an assault in progress at Abbotsford Senior Secondary.
Chief Cnst. Bob Rich with Abbotsford Police said by the time officers arrived the suspect had been subdued by school staff, and students and staff were administering first aid to two victims with stab wounds.
The victims, who knew one another, were rushed to hospital. Despite all medical efforts, one victim identified as 13-year-old Letisha Reimer, later died of her injuries.
The second victim, a 14-year-old girl, remains in hospital in stable condition. Police said the teen will have a lengthy and emotional road of recovery ahead.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken over the investigation and in a press conference Wednesday afternoon said the attack was random and that Klein has no ties to the two victims, the school or the community.
Staff-Sgt. Jennifer Pound with IHIT said little is known about the 21-year-old Klein. Originally from Alberta, he has been in Vancouver since February or March of this year but has no fixed address. Investigators are asking anyone with information or contact with Klein, whether through social media or email, to please contact the police, IHIT or Crime Stoppers.
Klein was expected to make his first court appearance in Abbotsford on Wednesday afternoon but was unable to due to not being able to leave his cell on his own.
WATCH BELOW: WARNING: Images in this story may be disturbing to viewers. Gabriel Brandon Klein is now facing charges after a fatal stabbing at an Abbotsford school.
Klein will remain in custody and his next court appearance is Monday at 11 a.m. by video conference.