Police have confirmed that Alberta doctor Walter Reynolds, 45, who was killed on Monday’s attack at Red Deer’s Village Mall Walk-In Clinic was a father of two. Supt. Gerald Grobmeier and detachment commander of the Red Deer RCMP announced on Tuesday afternoon that a 54-year-old Deng Mabiour, who was arrested at the scene, would be convicted of first-degree murder, assault with a weapon, and assault of a police officer.
On Monday, RCMP termed the killing as violent and traumatic. They released few other leads including whether the attacker was a patient of Reynolds. On Tuesday, Grobmeier stated that Reynolds and Mabiour knew each other through the clinic. He said Mabiour had not been on their radar and police had not been called about issues at the office before. There were no previous charges against the 54-year-old Red Deer resident in any court. However, it is still unknown about what the attacker used a weapon.
Grobmeier said during a news conference that it was not a random attack as the suspect went in with a goal of killing. Community members had already started creating a memorial outside the mall clinic by the time of the RCMP update. Around his black-and-white photos, bouquets were piled of the smiling physician, together with a balloon that had a “Thank you” tag. Besides, there was a crime scene tape roped off the office’s entrance from the public in the background.
Among those who visited the memorials were two former clinic employees and they stated how they were shocked after hearing the news about their previous and beloved workmate. “Who would ever think something like that could happen here? In a medical clinic where somebody’s, you know, just trying to save people’s lives? asked Theresa Baldwin. “I just can’t fathom what would go through that person’s head to do that.” Kristen York added, “He built a relationship with everybody here.” “We are a family. We still are. Doesn’t matter if we don’t work together anymore or not. We are always family.”
A GoFundMe called Reynolds an exceptional person, a “devout father to two amazing young daughters and a loving husband.” They stated that the doctor stayed with his family, loved to run, and be healthy. As of Tuesday afternoon, GoFundMe collected about $100,000, and the fundraiser’s organizer stated that the money would be used for Reynolds’ daughters’ education. Everyone who was affected by the killing is advised to seek support during this trying moment.
The officer who was attacked was sore, but recovering at home, according to the RCMP superintendent. Alberta RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit has taken over the case where Mabiour assaulted with a weapon – stems from an alleged attack against another doctor, who Grobmeier said was not hurt. Berlie Stork said that she believes he had a considerable contribution to the community and society, especially in Red Deer. On Monday, she tried to make an appointment at the office, but was only answered by the clinic’s voicemail machine. She wondered why nobody picked the phone.