His trial was told that he heard what he thought was the voice of the devil telling him to kill and believed the end of the world was coming before he grabbed a knife from the kitchen and fatally stabbed Kaitlin Perras, 23; Lawrence Hong, 27; Josh Hunter, 23; Zackariah Rathwell, 21; and Jordan Segura, 22.
But Santana cautioned there is still the possibility that his violent behaviour could return, noting his condition is only in remission. He asked de Grood be kept in custody for a full year at a psychiatric facility in Calgary so he can continue to be assessed. Wednesday's hearing was another difficult ordeal for relatives of the victims. About 50 impact statements were filed and about 20 read aloud in court. Lawrence Hong's father Lorenzo Hong said he fears what might happen if de Grood were ever released. "His next logical move to eliminate this nuisance — that means us," he said in his statement. "I can't imagine the kind of danger this will pose to us." Kelly Hunter said since her son's death she is terrified of losing her daughter and has become an angry person, adding she believes the justice system let the families down.
"Five young people are no longer with us and their families are suffering immensely."
"He should be put in a facility forever with no chance of release so we can try to heal from this at some point," she said. "In my opinion, if Matthew de Grood is ever able to walk free to me it will be a huge injustice to the five innocent victims he killed. I understand he's mentally ill but no one should be put at risk by his illness again." Kaitlin Perras's father Greg Perras said the decision that de Grood was not criminally responsible meant the families of the victims were ignored in favour of the man responsible for their deaths. "How do you really quantify the loss of an entire life, of five lives? That is heartwrenching for me and extremely unfair to Katy, to Josh, to Zach, Lawrence and Jordan," he said. "There must be some accountability for five lives lost and hundreds of more people affected deeply."
"How do you really quantify the loss of an entire life, of five lives?"
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