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The family of murdered American tourist Chynna Deese has forgiven Bryer Schmegelsky

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The family of murdered American tourist Chynna Deese has forgiven the father of one of the Port Alberni teens who’s her presumed killer.

The forgiveness came in a lengthy, heartfelt, and occasionally scathing Facebook post by Kennedy Deese.

In it, she criticized Alan Schmegelsky for not acknowledging the role he played in his son Bryer’s upbringing and ultimate demise.

Deese’s statement came on the same weekend that Schmegelksy told 60 Minutes Australia he felt there was a “mistake” when police suggested that his son might have killed three people in northern B.C.

In the interview, Schmegelsky also claimed that he still needs proof before he’ll believe that his now-dead teenager was a killer.

Bryer Schmegelsky and his best friend, Kam McLeod, fled authorities over four provinces before being found dead in the woods near Gillam, Manitoba.

Police have said there’s evidence linking the former fugitives to the murders of Chynna Deese and her boyfriend, Lucas Fowler. The teens were charged with second-degree murder in the death of UBC botany instructor Len Dyck.

In her Facebook post, Deese maintained that Schmegelsky’s sorrow is only for himself.

“You cannot relate to us, as we had no doings in the cause of your pain, when you’ve played a part in the cause of our pain,” she wrote. “To the murderers and their family, the appropriate action when mistakes are made is taking responsibility. The proper public response would have been a genuine apology.”

Some of Schmegelsky’s comments in the 60 Minutes Australia broadcast were astonishing.

“These boys are smart, they’re intelligent,” Schmegelsky said after learning that his son and McLeod had made it to Manitoba. “Kudos, boys. Kudos. Kudos.”

Schmegelsky also revealed in the broadcast that bought his son a $600 pellet gun last year. Then he defended the purchase.

“They’re like machine guns,’ Schmegelsky explained. “They’ve got a magazine and you can put upwards of 400 pellets in there.”

He said that he believed the pellet gun would get his son into the woods with his buddies.

“I’m not going to second-guess. I’m not going to say it’s my fault. I’m not going to do that.”

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Then Schmegelsky insisted that he did not provide a real gun.

“I never gave him a gun that would kill someone.”

The 60 Minutes Australia program noted that Schmegelsky has experienced homelessness and mental-health issues. His mother moved away with Bryer when the son was five years old.

In her Facebook post, Deese pointed out that having “a dynamic upbringing and obstacles in life is not exclusive to anyone”.

“There is no excuse for staying broken and refusing to heal,” she wrote.

Deese also stated that her sister Chynna earned a degree in psychology because she wanted to help and support people.

“She used her experiences to find inner peace,” Deese wrote. “She had emotional intelligence, and let people come to her uncritically. There is no white flag of surrender for my family. We are not defeated by divorce, mental health, violence, poverty and socioeconomic constraints, domestic disputes, alcohol or drugs, social media and bullying, feelings of loneliness, or disparities.

“We have the courage to ask for and offer help,” she continued. “We are strong, and stand strong together right now in the face of all of these adversities that have come upon us. Our understanding of life is that we cannot always control it, and it is not always our place to question it, but we have the power to discern how we choose to react.”

Deese also called her sister “a once in a lifetime soul”.

“She volunteered her time with the so called ‘outcasts’ and she would have befriended her murderers if given the opportunity,” she wrote. “Or in the least no chosen destruction and hate. I know this because I helped raise her.

“She was building a beautiful life with a future full of love and hope and adventure,” Deese continued. “She wanted children of her own. And she would have raised them to have eyes that were open to all the wonderful things this world has to offer.”

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The Liberal majority on the House ethics committee voted down an opposition motion to have Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion testify about his report which found that Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act over the SNC-Lavalin affair. Vassy Kapelos gets reaction from MPs on the committee. Plus, the Power Panel breaks down the Ford government’s changes to Ontario’s sex-education curriculum.

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Joshua Boyle worried about what his wife might tell police

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After calling 911 to report that his wife was missing and suicidal, Joshua Boyle told an Ottawa police sergeant that he was also worried what she might tell authorities when she was found.

“He told me he was concerned, as any husband would be, with what Caitlan (Coleman) would say to us when we found her,” Sgt. Shane Henderson told court Tuesday.

Henderson was one of the first officers to respond to Boyle’s 911 emergency call late on the night of Dec. 30, 2017. A recording of that call was played in court Tuesday.

The 911 call was made at 11:47 p.m. from a Centretown address.

Boyle told the dispatcher that his wife was threatening to kill herself. He said she was alone in her room then ran outside, and was “screaming at the top of her lungs that she was going to kill herself.”

He said she had borderline personality disorder, PTSD, “extreme mental instability” and other issues.

“I am very worried for her right now,” he said in the telephone recording, played in court.

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Boyle told police his wife was wearing a hijab scarf on her head, but did not have a coat and may not have shoes.

Before she left the apartment, Boyle said they had an argument that “turned into rabid self-loathing, a panic attack, something, I’m not sure.”

“I had asked her to stay in her room,” he said.

“It shouldn’t be long,” the dispatcher told Boyle. “We’ll get some officers to see you there, OK?”

“OK,” Boyle replied. “Just try to be gentle with her: She is really going through a rough time.”

Sgt. Henderson was the first officer on scene, and went to Boyle’s apartment at 12:05 a.m.

Boyle repeated what he had told the dispatcher, and said his wife had initially raced up the stairs towards another apartment in the three-storey apartment block. Henderson testified: “He told me that he did not want to drag Caitlan back into the apartment or did not want to hit her.”

Henderson and another officer went to the second apartment and interviewed the young man who lived there. The tenant said he had heard someone banging on his back door 20 minutes earlier, but did not answer it.

Court heard that the officers searched the back staircase and yard but could not locate Coleman so they returned to Boyle’s apartment for more information.

According to Henderson, Boyle said Coleman was particularly stressed because her mother was in town, and she was worried about the state of their apartment. They had also argued, Boyle told Henderson, about drawing on walls and “Caitlan, as a wife, not performing her roles and responsibilities as a mother.”

Boyle told Henderson that he wanted Coleman to stay in her room and calm down. “He told me he kept the door open and at no time prevented her from leaving,” Henderson testified.

“He said he offered to have sex with Caitlan if she wanted to.”

When Henderson asked if Coleman had a cellphone, Boyle reached on top of the fridge and retrieved a flip phone.

Henderson asked what it was doing there. “Boyle said he took the phone away to make sure she did not break the phone as she had broken phones in the past,” Henderson testified.

Boyle is on trial on 19 charges, including assault, sexual assault and forcible confinement.

His wife Caitlan Coleman, with whom he was held hostage in Afghanistan, is the principal complainant in the case. She’s expected to testify Wednesday.

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Tanker crash kills one, injures nine near Cereal Alberta

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“One of the semi trucks was hauling fuel and that fuel ignited,” said RCMP Cpl. Laurel Scott. “So, that caused other vehicles in the collision to catch fire. A second semi was hauling butane and that’s caused a concern.”

A release from RCMP also confirmed the collision area is “consumed with flames.”

As a result of the second truck hauling butane, a preliminary evacuation order had been issued for the hamlet of Chinook.

By 9:00 pm, Alberta Emergency Alert officially rescinded the evacuation order for the community.

STARS Air Ambulance has flown one person to hospital in Calgary in serious, potentially life-threatening condition while HALO transported another individual in serious condition.

Brideaux also confirmed to Global News that six people have been treated at the scene and are likely to be released.

RCMP are also reaching out to anyone who was a part of or was witness to the domino crash, asking them to meet with officers in nearby Oyen.

“We’re asking those people to attend the Legion in Oyen,” said Scott. “Right now the Legion has been opened, food is available at the Legion, our Victims Services Unit members are at the Legion, and we have an RCMP member or members at the Legion. So, anybody who was a part of this collision, witness or needing some assistance in relation to the collision, is asked to go to the Legion.”

There is no word yet on the original cause of the fatal crash, as Scott added it will be several hours before a collision analyst is able to attend the scene.

“We will have a collision analyst attending,” she said. “But, I can tell you that collision analyst is not able and has not been able to look at the scene to do any examination or investigation.”

Traffic has since been rerouted from Highway 9 to Highway 884 eastbound and Highway 41 westbound.

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