Disturbing new details are emerging of what led up to a homicide outside a Chemainus home Friday that’s left that community in shock.
The victim, a 20 year old man is being described as a friendly, hard working young man who lived at the home and the accused was his next door neighbour known around town as a troubled special needs man whose nick name was “Frankenstein.”
Forensic investigators returned to a Chemainus home Sunday for a third straight day. Collecting evidence of Friday’s disturbing attack that neighbours describe as horrific, in this typically quiet small town.
“Everyone in town is talking about it. Everybody knows everybody, so everybody either knows the killer or the victims or somebody involved in it,” says longtime resident Greg Tweten.
Neighbour Greg Tweten says the 20 year old victim was a nice young man who lived with his dad in the Caswell Street home and they were getting through a recent tragedy together. Another son was killed in a car accident just a few years earlier. The father had just left that morning to work away at camp, when the tragedy erupted a few hours later.
“Paramedics were on scene immediately within minutes and what they found when they got on scene were two stabbing victims when they arrived on scene and immediately took a suspect int custody who was also on scene and had sustained minor injuries,” says Sgt. Chris Swain of North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.
Neighbours say the 20 year old victim was talking with a 16 year old girl, in his driveway when the next door neighbour, a troubled young man known around here as “Frankenstein” told them to quiet down, and then allegedly attacked with a knife.
“He was always a little bit different and he probably got a lot of harassment too so you know I don’t know what contributed to this happening but.,” says Tweten.
The 16 year old girl seriously injured herself was heard screaming for help, then neighbours rushed to the victim’s side, but he died en route to hospital.
“Makes you think twice about locking your doors and stuff. Even in the small towns it’s getting ridiculous,” says Tweten.
RCMP have yet to identify the victim publicly as they notify next of kin but online tributes are pouring in, describing him as funny and a good friend who just got a new job he was excited about.
His 24 year old next door neighbour is expected to face a charge of second degree murder and attempted murder Leaving this community in shock how quickly an argument escalated and a father’s loss was multiplied