Back in 2014, Calgary suffered from its worst mass killing in history. A house party in the city's Brentwood neighbourhood left five dead after an invited guest went on a stabbing spree.
Not only was the mass killing tragic, it ended the lives of five Canadians who were only in their twenties. The victims were Zackariah Rathwell, the youngest at only 21, Jordan Segura who was 22, Kaitlin Perras and Josh Hunter at 23, and the oldest victim was Lawrence Hong at age 27.
The man behind the attack was Matthew de Grood, a student at the University of Calgary who was planning on being a lawyer. He was invited the attend the house party that held thirty people in April 2014.
In court, de Grood was found not criminally responsible for the killings due to suffering from the mental disorder schizophrenia. He's been on medication for the disorder since April 2014 and has declared being in remission since July of the same year.
Now, de Grood is heading back to court to give the Alberta Review Board their yearly update. The board will receive a treatment update about de Grood and see if he is eligible for more privileges at the current facility where he lives.
During his last hearing in April 2017, de Grood was called a "model patient" by his psychiatrist but he is not ready for reintegration. The review board also called him a threat to society.
de Grood believed that the end of the world was coming and attacked the partygoers with the belief that they were mystical beings such as werewolves and vampires.
An increase in freedom will still only be limited to the facility he currently lives in. He already has unsupervised access to the internet, as well as the ability to take supervised walks on the hospital grounds, and trips for medical reasons and treatment.