The man charged with second degree murder and aggravated assault after an incident at an Abbotsford, BC, school this week, went to school in Red Deer.
Tanner McDougall told Global News that he went to high school with Gabriel Klein.
He said he was scrolling through social media, when he recognized his photo.
“Literally I was just scrolling on Facebook,” McDougall said. “It was an everyday thing. I was scrolling on Facebook and I saw the post the Global Vancouver posted to their Facebook. I recognized him right away. I recognized his hairline, is facial features (and) the way he held his shoulders.”
McDougall said Klein, 21, wasn’t a violent person.
“I was just in complete, utter shock,” McDougall said. “Back in high school, he was never the person to even come across angry. I don’t even think I remember hearing about him getting into a fight, or having anyone mad at him. Now here we are, five or six years later, and he’s suspected of this kind of thing. It’s a huge shock.”
He also added who never know who has the capacity to do something like that.
“The way that I live is that things are going to happen in your life, whether you’re ready for them or not, and instead of dreading or looking forward to them, be prepared for them. I was at a friend’s house (earlier), five years from now that person could be suspected of something even worse. So you always have to be prepared for what kind of crazy, 180 degree curveballs life can throw at you.”
Klein allegedly walked into the school on Tuesday and stabbed two girls, one to death.
He has been charged with second degree murder and aggravated assault in relation to the incident. With files from Global News (km)