For the past three weeks, teenagers Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky have been the most wanted fugitives in Canada after being suspected of killing three people: Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese and Leonard Dyck.
They were found dead last Thursday by Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a remote region of far-north Canada.
Now, Bryer Schmegelsky’s father, Alan Schmegelsky, is defending his son in the wake of his death.
Speaking with 60 Minutes on Sunday night, Alan told reporter Sarah Abo: “I’m not going to say my son is a murderer until I get some facts”.
“You want me to sit here and tell you that my son positively murdered your co-citizen? Because I won’t… I can’t do it.”
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“You may think he’s a monster but he’s my son, he’s my Bryer,” he said. “I didn’t meet that monster… that’s not who I know.”
Alan recalled the moment he discovered his son was in trouble, one Monday morning.
“I was reading the news and there was my kid’s picture on the front cover of the Vancouver Sun, missing. That’s how I found out.”
The last Alan had heard, Bryer was going on a road trip to Alberta, a province in Western Canada. When the teenagers’ status changed from potential victims to suspected murderers, Alan remembered his “heart just sank”.
“I said to myself there’s a mistake, there’s got to be a mistake.”