Updated: This has received world wide attention and over 12,000 people have sent their condolences on his facebook.com website.
You’d think this was a scene from a Hollywood horror film, but not for the people that were on a Greyhound bus in Edmonton. Imagine you’re on a bus enjoying a nice bus ride suddenly interupted by a horrifying scene of some psychopath stabbing a young man on the neck beheading him then carry the victim’s head around the bus as a bus full of passengers are trapped watching this all happen right before their eyes?? I’m sure they’ll be tramuatized for a very very long time. This is sick stuff.
The RCMP have charged a 40-year-old Edmonton man in the gruesome slaying aboard a Greyhound bus near Portage la Prairie, Man.
Vince Weiguang Li is charged with second-degree murder in Wednesday’s stabbing and decapitation of a passenger aboard the bus, which was en route from Edmonton to Winnipeg.
He has a court appearance this morning at 11 a.m. in Portage la Prairie, police said.
A post-mortem is scheduled for today at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre.
Friends said Tim McLean, 22, was a quiet, easy-going carnival worker who was going home to Winnipeg when he was stabbed repeatedly and then decapitated by a man sitting next to him. Witnesses say the suspect then carved up his body in front of terrified passengers.
William Caron, 23, of Winnipeg, said contrary to some reports, McLean was not asleep when the attack happened.
“I was talking to one of his ex-girlfriends not too long ago, and she was texting him the whole way back from Edmonton until 10 minutes before this accident happens,” Caron told The Canadian Press.
“He was just sitting there texting her, listening to music on his cellphone.”
Police have released very little information about the attack.
“It’s not something that happens regularly on a bus,” said Staff Sgt. Steve Colwell. “You’re sitting there enjoying your trip and then all of a sudden somebody gets stabbed.”
Passengers gave a much more graphic account of events.
“We heard this blood-curdling scream and turned around, and the (suspect) was standing up, stabbing this guy repeatedly, like 40 or 50 times,” Garnet Caton said from a hotel in Brandon, Man., where he and other passengers had been taken to rest.
“There was no rage or anything. He was like a robot, stabbing the guy.”
Caton said the bus stopped immediately, just west of Portage La Prairie on Wednesday night, and everyone scrambled to get out while the attacker started methodically carving up the victim’s body, not paying attention to anyone else.
There have been several media reports the suspect was seen to consume some of the victim’s flesh.
Caton and the driver shut the bus door from the outside while they waited for police to arrive.
“We put our bodies up against the door, waiting for him to come out … and he went back and brought the head to the front and pretty much displayed it … and dropped it on the ground in front of us,” Caton said.
“All very calmly. He was wearing sunglasses. It was no big deal to him.”
Fellow passenger Cody Olmstead from Kentville, N.S., also recalled the chilling scene.
“The (suspect) came to the front of the door with buddy’s head in his hands, decapitated. He dropped the head and went back and started cutting the body back up,” Olmstead said.
When police arrived a few minutes later, passengers were taken away and the officers tried to get the suspect to surrender.
“He was immediately subdued and arrested without incident.”
Both Olmstead and Caton said the suspect and McLean appeared not to know each other.
Tim McLean Sr. said his son had sent him a text message as the bus was leaving Brandon, the last leg of its journey, to ask if he could come home for the night.
McLean told his son that, of course, he could come home, and that was the last contact he had with him.
A Facebook website called “R.I.P. Tim” quickly sprang up after news of the attack.
“I can’t believe this is happening,” wrote Leah Dryburgh of Winnipeg. “Tim, you were the best guy ever. You didn’t deserve this at all.”
Caron said he was one of McLean’s best friends, having known each other since they were in Grade 7.
“I knew he was coming back … from the (exhibition),” said Caron, who said his buddy worked a carnival booth at fairs around western Canada.
“My brother was supposed to go meet him at the bus depot and he never showed up.
“Caron said his three children all loved McLean, who he described as a quiet, easy-going guy.
“I was completely shocked cuz Tim has never been a roughhousing guy,” he said.
“He’s always been a quiet guy, just kind of socialized with his buddies and that was it.”
He said his friend was small, around five-foot-four and weighing maybe 130 pounds.