Man charged with murder of Red Deer doctor to appear in court today

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A 54-year-old man charged with first degree murder following the death of a family doctor in Red Deer, Alta., Is scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court for the first time on Wednesday morning.Deng Mabiour of Red Deer was arrested Monday following a violent attack inside the Village Mall walk-in clinic.

Dr Walter Reynolds, 45, a father of two, was assaulted at the clinic and died in hospital.

The RCMP did not say what weapons were used, but a witness told CBC News that Reynolds was assaulted in an examination room by a patient with a hammer and machete.

Mabiour is also charged with assault with a weapon and assaulting a police officer. He has no known criminal record.

On Monday, the RCMP received a 911 call reporting an assault in progress at the Village Mall walk-in clinic just after 11 a.m.

Reynolds was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Mabiour was arrested at the scene.

Deng Mabiour has been charged with first degree murder, assault with a weapon and assault. (Facebook)

The RCMP described the attack as targeted and premeditated.

At a press conference Tuesday, Supt. Gerald Grobmeier, commander of the Red Deer RCMP detachment, said Mabiour and Reynolds knew each other from the clinic.

“The individual came in with a goal, so it wasn’t a random attack. The individual went to the clinic for this purpose, ”said Grobmeier.

“In 27 years of policing, I have never seen a doctor attacked like this. ”

Deng Wil Luol Deng, who lives in South Sudan but knows Mabiour from the South Sudanese community of Red Deer, said he was shocked by the allegations.

“I am very sorry and very sad for what happened,” he said in a Facebook message to The Canadian Press.

“We still don’t know why. “

‘The best colleague I have ever had’

The doctor is remembered as a kind practitioner, a devoted father and a joker.

Reynolds was “the best coworker I have ever had,” Dr Edward Ohanjanians said Tuesday.

The Ohanjanians said Reynolds was one of the founders of the Village Mall walk-in clinic where they both worked. Reynolds took care of all the purchasing and planning for the clinic.

The clinic, wedged between a barber shop and a dollar store, remained cordoned off with yellow police tape.

The Ohanjanians said he was at the clinic when Reynolds was attacked Monday morning. He was unable to talk about what had happened.

“I witnessed the tragic death of my colleague and friend,” he said. “It’s a difficult time. “

He was just a wonderful doctor who was so kind to us.– Cecillia Ferris

There was a growing display of flowers and cards outside the clinic on Tuesday. A medical mask was attached to a lamppost among the bouquets.

Kristen York posted a smiling photo of Reynolds on the site. She said she took the photo before quitting her job at the clinic about a month ago.

“I took pictures of all the doctors and that was just to put them on our TV screen so everyone could see which doctor was which,” York said, wiping away tears.

“He was the nicest and most loving person ever. He was a joker. We were always joking. He was just very, very nice.

Cecilia and John Ferris have been patients of Dr. Walter Reynolds for 15 years. (Travis McEwan / CBC)

Cecilia Ferris and her husband John had been her patients for almost 15 years paying homage to her at the makeshift memorial.

The doctor often spoke about his family and cared deeply for his patients, she said.

“He was just a wonderful doctor who was so good to us,” she said.

“It’s going to be a loss and I can’t believe I can’t believe the traumatic way he passed away.

Dr Peter Bouch, who works at another clinic in Red Deer, said he and Reynolds were both part of a tight-knit community of doctors in the city from South Africa.

“He was always talking about his daughters,” Bouch said. “He has always been very proud of his family and also proud of his medical practice and his patients. ”

Bouch said he had been in Canada for 26 years, Reynolds less than that.

On its website, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta lists Reynolds as registered to work in the province as of 2006.

“To hear about the loss of an Alberta doctor under such shocking circumstances is devastating,” college registrar Dr. Scott McLeod said in a statement.

“It’s hard to understand how or why such a tragedy could happen, especially in a care space and for someone who has dedicated their life to helping others. “

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