Eight people killed in Canadian ‘mass murder’

Edmonton City Police Chief Rod Knecht speaks about multiple murders that took place at different scenes over night in Alberta. Picture: AP

Edmonton City Police Chief Rod Knecht speaks about multiple murders that took place at different scenes over night in Alberta. Picture: AP

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A MAN with a lengthy criminal record killed six adults and two young children before taking his own life in what a Canadian police chief called a “senseless mass murder”.

The killings happened in Edmonton, Alberta, and police chief Rod Knecht said it was the city’s worst mass murder.

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He said the mass killings appear to have been a case of domestic violence, and although he did not release the suspect’s name, he said he was well-known to police and had a criminal record dating back to September 1987.

Cindy Duong, 37, was fatally shot in a home in south Edmonton on Monday, while two men, three women, a girl and a boy were found dead a few hours later at a home in the north-east.

Police say the killer’s body was found yesterday morning at a restaurant in Fort Saskatchewan.

Ms Duong was found by officers who were responding to a weapons complaint at the property.

Another seven bodies were discovered by officers checking reports of a suicidal man.

Mr Knecht said the public was not in danger: “This series of events are not believed to be random acts.

“These events do not appear to be gang-related, but rather tragic incidents of domestic violence.”

He added: “Our homicide investigators have established associations and linkages between these homicides.”

Police would not elaborate on the connection between the deaths.

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