EDMONTON - An armoured car guard accused of gunning down three of his crewmates during a robbery at the University of Alberta has been forbidden to have any contact with a long list of people, including his parents.

Travis Baumgartner, 21, made his first court appearance in Edmonton on Thursday and was remanded in custody. His next court date is scheduled for July 5.

Most of the people on the no-contact list are expected to be witnesses, said chief Crown prosecutor Steve Bilodeau, who handled Baumgartner's brief court appearance personally.

"It's actually a pretty routine order with important witnesses," Bilodeau said outside court. "While he's in remand, he can't phone them or contact them in any way."

The order also includes several of Baumgartner's friends and co-workers, as well as any employee of G4S Canada, the security company that he was working for at the time of the robbery.

Police say Baumgartner was one of five armed guards who were loading a bank machine at the university's HUB mall and residence just after midnight June 15 when shots rang out.

Eddie Rejano, 39, Michelle Shegelski, 26, and Brian Ilesic, 35, died.

Matthew Schuman, a fourth guard who was badly wounded, opened his eyes last weekend and squeezed his wife's hand before he slipped back into unconsciousness. He remains in critical condition with what have been described as head injuries.

Baumgartner faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and robbery with a firearm, but didn't enter a plea Thursday.

He wore the standard blue prison jumpsuit and was handcuffed. Security in the courtroom included four guards. The normal complement is two.

More than a dozen onlookers filed out of the courtroom after Baumgartner's brief appearance, but no friends or family appear to have been there.

Bilodeau said the Crown's office is aware of the attention the case has drawn and the impact it has made on the community.

"It's not that other homicides aren't important. It's that this one here rocked the community. It rocked the whole nation," Bilodeau said. "And this is one where I really want to make sure that the community knows we will take this as seriously as possible."

The day of the shooting, Baumgartner was first named by police as a person of interest, but that was upgraded to a suspect just a few hours later when they issued warrants for his arrest.

Baumgartner was picked up as he tried to get into Washington state Saturday at a border crossing just north of Lynden, Wash., near Abbotsford, B.C.

Police say he was driving the same dark-blue pickup truck investigators had been looking for with an Alberta licence plate belonging to his mother on the back.

He had no passport, just a driver's licence that police had flagged in their computers.

A backpack with $330,000 was found in the truck he was driving.

Rejano's funeral is Friday and Ilesic's is Saturday. The families have requested privacy.

Rejano's family released a statement Thursday thanking people for their "continued support and dedication."

"Without you we would be lost."

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  • In this artist's sketch, Travis Baumgartner appears in an Edmonton courtroom, Thursday, June 21, 2012. Baumgartner, an armoured car guard accused of gunning down three of his crewmates during a robbery at the University of Alberta, has been forbidden to have any contact with a long list of people, including his parents.

  • Michelle Shegelski is shown in a photo from a Facebook page entitled "Dedicated To The G4S Armored Car Guards RIP." She was one of three guards killed in the shooting. Henrietta Shegelski of Lac du Bonnet, Man., confirmed the female victim was her daughter-in-law, Michelle Shegelski, who was in her mid-20s.

  • Eddie Rejano is shown in a photo taken from a Facebook page entitled "Dedicated To The G4S Armored Car Guards RIP." Rejano, one of three armoured car guards shot and killed during a robbery at the University of Alberta, aspired to be a police officer.

  • Travis Baumgartner

    Travis Baumgartner is taken out of a van by Canadian Border Services officers at the Aldergrove, British Columbia border crossing, Saturday, June 16, 2012. Baumgartner was stopped by customs at the United States border as he tried to enter the U.S. Baumgartner is wanted in a deadly armored car heist at a university in western Canada that left three armed guards dead, Friday. (AP Photo/Jonathan Hayward, The Canadian Press)

  • The pickup truck belonging to Travis Baumgartner is loaded onto a flabed truck by officers at the Aldergrove, B.C. border crossing, Saturday, June 16, 2012. Baumgartner was stopped by customs at the United States border as he tried to enter the U.S. Baumgartner allegedly shot and killed three G4S guards during a robery in Edmonton on Friday.

  • Edmonton Police Services Chief Rod Knecht (right) and G4S Secure Solutions president and CEO Jean Tallion arrive at a press conference regarding the arrest of Travis Brandon Baumgartner in Edmonton, Alta., on Monday, June 18, 2012. Police in Edmonton say the accused is co-operating with investigators.

  • Travis Brandon Baumgartner, 21, is shown in a police photo released on Friday June 15, 2012. Police say the man wanted in a deadly armoured car heist at the University of Alberta has been arrested. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

  • Forensics officers inspect the scene after three people where killed in a shoot out in an attempted armed robbery of an armoured car at the HUB Mall on campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton on Friday, June 15, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ian Jackson

  • Memorial flowers are left at the operations offices of G4S, a security company, in Edmonton, Alberta, on June 16, 2012. Three people where killed in a shoot out after an attempted armed robbery at a student residence called the HUB mall at the University of Alberta on June 15, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ian Jackson

  • Employees of G4S, a security company, leave the company's offices as police secure an armoured vehicle left near the G4S office believed to be used in an attempted armed robbery in the Hub Mall area on the campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton on Friday, June 15, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ian Jackson

  • Police investigate the scene after three people were killed in an apparent attempted armed robbery at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada on Friday, June 15, 2012. The robbery happened in the Hub Mall area, which is a combination of student residences and 54 shops. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ian Jackson)

  • Police investigate the scene after three people were killed in an apparent attempted armed robbery at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada on Friday, June 15, 2012. The robbery happened in the Hub Mall area, which is a combination of student residences and 54 shops. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ian Jackson)

  • Police investigate the scene after three people were killed in an apparent attempted armed robbery near the HUB Mall area on the campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton on Friday, June 15, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ian Jackson