The brother of 24-year-old American woman Chynna Deese who was allegedly murdered by Canadian teen fugitives Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod has spoken out just hours after authorities confirmed her suspected killers died by suicide. Chynna was found dead with her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler, while botanist Leonard Dyck was also killed by the teens.
Speaking on Tuesday’s episode of Today, Stetson Deese said he hadn’t yet heard all the results from the autopsies but knew that the killers were shot. He told host Deborah Knight: “There could be more involved. There could be accomplices. But our family and a lot of us do believe that they were the real suspects of the crime.”
He said that he will remember his sister as an adventurer and told the host: “I will remember her as just a very loving person. Her and Lucas were very similar people.”
Stetson said the couple were “perfectly matched for each other” and that they were extremely nice. He also said he believed the pair were each other’s first true loves.
“I will remember her as a very loving person. Her and Lucas were very similar people… it’s hard to digest what happened to such nice people.” The brother of murdered woman Chynna Deese speaks about losing his sister. #9Today pic.twitter.com/IYrTy6Mn5E
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“It’s kind of hard to digest what happened to such nice people,” he continued. “We do not know why and more and more may be discovered but I don’t think we’re ever going to truly know why. It’s discomforting because anybody, even some of the worst people in the world, if they met Chynna, the last thing they would want to do was kill her.”
He said it was hard to accept that good people can be killed and revealed that the family of Chynna had a memorial for her. All her siblings spoke at the private memorial – which was attended by 500 people.
Stetson also said that the family has forgiven Bryer’s father Alan, who appeared on 60 Minutes on Sunday and apologised to the families impacted by his son’s actions.
“I have just I’m so sorry for what’s happened, ok? Whether it’s my son or whether it’s something else we don’t know,” Alan said on the show. “I have just lost my son, I know exactly how he [father of the victims] would feel.
Still, Stetson said he didn’t have anything against Alan and explained: “Peoples’ kids can turn out any way and sometimes there’s nothing you can do about the kids you raise. Sometimes they’re going to turn out bad no matter what. You can’t always blame the parents.”
Canadian police confirmed that Manitoba Medical Examiner has completed the autopsies and confirmed that the two deceased men located in Manitoba were in fact Bryer and Kam. Authorities also confirmed that the men appear to have died by suicide, with a statement reading: “The RCMP can also confirm that the two died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire.
“While both individuals were deceased for a number of days before they were found, the exact time and date of their deaths are not known.”
The RCMP believe the men had been alive for a few days since they were last seen in July and during the extensive search efforts in the Gillam area. Authorities also located two firearms near the bodies and forensic analysis is underway in order to definitively confirm that these weapons are connected with the northern BC homicide investigations.
While authorities have completed their search of the area, they still need to review all the findings to date such as statements, evidentiary time lines and physical and digital evidence.