Father of fugitive teenage Canadian murder suspect claims his son wants to go out ‘in a blaze of glory’ and will be ‘dead tomorrow’ – Loves military video games and ‘his influences [growing up], weren’t good’
Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam Mcleod, 19, are on the run from police, for a week, wanted for the murders of Lucas Fowler, 23, Chynna Deese, 24, and Leonard Dyck in two separate incidents
Australian tourist Lucas Fowler, 23, and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24, were found shot dead in British Columbia on July 15
Two days later the body of 64-year-old college professor Leonard Dyck was found near the alleged killers’ burned Dodge truck – He was identified on Wednesday, a week after his body was discovered
Cops said Bryer and Kam are hiding in a remote part of Manitoba, more than 1,000 miles from where the killings happened, having ditched their most recent car, torched, near a lake
Canadian police are now closing on the fugitives and have set up checkpoint across rural Manitoba
Bryer’s father Alan Schmegelsky, says he thinks the pair are on a suicide mission and will now most likely be shot by police, adding that his son had grown up with ‘YouTube and video games’ as his influences
While his father said his son didn’t drive, own a gun or a vehicle, neighbors said Bryer had a Nazi obsession and behaved strangely
Kam Mcleod, 19, [left], and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, [right], have been on the run now for more than a week, after allegedly killing three people in rural Canada. Schmegelsky’s father says he thinks they are going to be shot dead by police ‘tomorrow’ and that they wanted to die ‘in a blaze of glory’
The father of fugitive teen murder suspect, Bryer Schmegelsky, believes his son is on a ‘suicide mission’.
Alan Schmegelsky, dad of 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, one of the murder suspects accused of killing an Australian backpacker, his American girlfriend and a Canadian university lecturer said on Wednesday that he expects his son will die in a ‘blaze of glory’ in a shootout with police.
Bryer Schmegelsky, and his co-conspirator Kam Mcleod, 19, have been on the run from police now for several days after being named as suspects in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese and a previously unidentified older man who was named on Wednesday as 64-year-old Leonard Dyck.
Dyck’s body was found near the alleged killers’ burned out car on July 18 in British Columbia. It has taken days for him to be identified, but his family say they are devastated by his death.
On Wednesday, police confirmed that they had found Schmegelsky and Mcleod’s second car, a silver Toyota RAV4, burnt out in a remote area of Manitoba, more than 1,000 miles from where they’d been spotted earlier in the week and a considerable distance from where the area of the killings.
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As the Royal Canadian Mountain Police are on high alert across the country and mount checkpoints in the remote area to find the pair, Alan Schmegelsky, Bryer’s father, told Canadian media he believes the pair will be dead by tomorrow, if they’re not already.
‘Mounties are gonna shoot first and ask questions late,’ he said, referring to the teams of Royal Canadian Mounted Police which are scouring the vast rural area, hunting the boys.
‘He wants his hurt to end. They’re going to go out in a blaze of glory. Trust me on this. That’s what they’re going to do, This is a suicide mission. He’s going to be dead today or tomorrow,’ he said.
Choking on tears, he continued: ‘Rest in peace, Bryer. I love you. I’m so sorry all this had to happen. I’m so sorry that I couldn’t rescue you.’
Alan said he never suspected the pair were capable of killing and that his son did not own guns.
‘All I can say is my son did not have any real guns. My son did not have [a] vehicle, my son does not know how to drive,’ he said.
He however conceded that they must be in ‘a lot of pain’.
‘A normal child doesn’t travel across the country killing people,’ he said.
‘A child in some very serious pain does.’
Even as Bryer struggled to get over his parents’ splitting up in 2005, he always maintained a close relationship with his son, Kam said.
‘He was very introverted and heavy into video games, when he came over to me for the summer.
‘He wasn’t into the ones where you take your machine gun and go shooting people, he was more into the ones about strategy, where you move your troops here and there.
‘His influences haven’t been good. They never got into trouble with the law, they never got into fights.
‘They were just having a good time. They weren’t scrappers, they weren’t cursers, they didn’t go play Mr. Man, like macho, they were just every day regular kids.
‘They hung out all the time. They had a few other close friends and they’d have their camp outs.
‘I don’t know much, I don’t want to offend Kam’s family,’ he said.
The two boys had told their families in Vancouver Island that they were going to Whitehorse, a town along the Alaska Highway, to get jobs.
Not long into it, Bryer told his father that he was sick of working in Walmart and that they were moving on to Alberta in search of more money. The pair then lost contact with their families and their faces popped up in the media.
At first, police described them as missing.
It was only after they were spotted in the province of Saskatchewan that they were deemed suspects.
‘Initially, it looked like they were victims as well, initially, and it’s really tough for me to see photos of them alive and well.
‘I know they’re not lost in the woods. That’s incredibly hard to deal with.’
Earlier, Lisa Lucas, a neighbor of Schmegelsky’s grandmother in their hometown of Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, said her son used to play with the suspected murderer when the two boys were in junior high together.
But Schmegelsky lost friends when he started making them ‘feel uncomfortable’, after showing them pictures of him wearing a Nazi armband and telling them how he imagined playing out shooter games in reality, Lucas said.
Lucas said: ‘After a while he started making people feel uncomfortable, just with the comments that he would make and how much he was into video games, a little bit more on the violent side of the video games. Bryer seemed to take it very seriously,’ said the mother-of-four, who is friends with the Schmegelsky family.
Kam Mcleod and Bryer Schmegelsky’s RAV4 was found after it was set on fire in rural Manitoba on Monday, hours after their photographs were released by the police
Dyck who lived in Vancouver, taught botany at the University of British Columbia and, according to friends, had a ‘tremendous sense of humor’.
‘We are truly heart broken by the sudden and tragic loss of Len. He was a loving husband and father,’ the family said.
18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, initially thought missing is now considered a murder suspect in triple-homicide in Canada. Neighbors said Bryer had a Nazi obsession. He is shown, right, posing in a gas mask
Keith McLeod, released a statement emphasizing his son’s compassionate nature despite communities across Canada being terrified of crossing paths with him.
‘This is what I do know – Kam is a kind, considerate, caring young man,’ Mr McLeod wrote.
Police say Kam and Bryer are likely moving around ‘very rural’ parts of the country now in the hope that the few residents there recognize them.
‘Maybe why they’re trying to go to those areas because they are less populated and may have less access to news agencies and be able to get the information out.’