‘It’s hard to digest’: Emotional moment man admits he has no idea why teenage ‘serial killers’ chose to murder his sister and her Australian boyfriend
- Brother of Chynna Deese said his sister’s death was still hard to comprehend
- He said she and her Australian boyfriend were ‘such nice people’ he said
- Killers Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, died by suicide during manhunt
- Police are testing guns found nearby the men to see if they are related to killings
The brother of an American tourist who was murdered alongside her Australian boyfriend says he still has no idea why the pair were targeted.
Stetson Deese told the Today show in Australia his sister Chynna and her partner Lucas Fowler’s deaths were so difficult to comprehend because they had done nothing wrong.
‘It’s kind of hard to digest what happened to such nice people,’ he said.
‘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.
‘It’s hard to accept such good people can just be killed.’
Chynna Deese’s brother Stetson (right) said he was struggling to digest the magnitude of what had happened to his sister (left)
Autopsies have revealed that teenage murder suspects Kam McLeod (left) and Bryer Schmegelsky (right) died by suicide after leading authorities on a 15-day manhunt in Canada
Schmegelsky and McLeod are accused of killing American backpacker Chynna Deese (left) and her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler (right), who were found dead on July 15
Ms Deese’s family (Chynna pictured second from left with her siblings) have publicly mourned their loss, telling media of Chynna’s kindness and open mind, and grieving the bright future she was headed for
Canadian authorities confirmed on Monday fugitives Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, had died of suicide by gunfire, following the roadside murders of Mr Fowler, his American girlfriend Chynna, and Vancouver botanist Leonard Dyck.
The pair, who police spent 15 days hunting, were found with firearms nearby. The guns are now being forensically tested to see if they were used in the murders.
Mr Deese told the breakfast show he would remember his sister as ‘an adventurer’ and ‘a very loving person’.
He said she and Mr Fowler were perfectly matched, and he believed the Sydney man was Chynna’s first real love.
The North Carolina man did not comment on the fact fugitives Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, had taken their own lives, but his sister, Kennedy Deese, said it was disappointing the pair did not face justice.
The body discovery concluded a 15-day manhunt that began in the western Canadian province of British Columbia and spanned about 3,100 miles across five provinces
Her sister Kennedy (left) said her family (mother pictured right) had forgiven the killers and their families, but said they would never understand how anyone could bring themselves to hurt Chynna or her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler
On Saturday, she shared her thoughts with Facebook friends, telling them her family needed to move forward.
She said it ultimately did not matter what happened to the pair, as no amount of explanation could ever make her understand what had happened to Chynna.
‘There is no excuse for staying broken and refusing to heal,’ her post read.
‘Whether or not these fugitives are captured alive or recovered dead would have made no difference. No amount of confession will validate or solidify an understanding of the events that lead to the unprovoked murder of my sister.
‘It’s unfortunate the fugitives lives ended on their terms. There was a one in a million chance that such tragedy would befall my family, but Chynna was a once in a lifetime soul.’
Ms Deese said Chynna had been building ‘a beautiful life with a future full of love and hope and adventure’ with Mr Fowler, and wanted to start a family some day.
She told friends while her family was hurt, they forgave the killers and their families.
SUSPECTED SERIAL KILLERS ON THE RUN IN CANADA: A TIMELINE
July 12: Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky leave their hometown of Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, to search for work in Whitehorse, Yukon, according to family members
July 15: Police find the bodies of Chynna Deese, a 24-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, and Lucas Fowler, a 23-year-old from Sydney, Australia, on the side of Highway 97 about 12 miles south of Liard Hot Springs in remote British Columbia.
The blue 1986 Chevrolet van they were driving on their road trip through Canada is found nearby with a blown-out back window
July 18: McLeod’s torched Dodge pickup truck is found 300 miles away near Dease Lake
July 19: The body of Leonard Dyck, a 64-year-old Vancouver botanist, is found about a mile away from the burned-out remains of the truck McLeod and Schmegelsky were traveling in.
RCMP reports the teens as missing, fearing that they had been killed or kidnapped by whomever committed the murders of Deese, Fowler and Dyck
July 24: Schmegelsky and McLeod are named as suspects in the three murders after the RAV4 was found in flames near Gillam
July 29: York Landing in Manitoba is thrown into lockdown after two men were spotted foraging for food at local landfill, sparking a massive search by police, military, tracking dogs and drones
August 1: Police begin searching the province of Ontario, 1,200 miles from where the pair were last seen, after reports of a suspicious vehicle near Kapuskasing
August 2: Police say the sighting of the pair in Ontario was not credible, as Lucas Fowler’s friends and family hold an emotional memorial for him in Sydney.
Local tour guide Clint Sawchuk spots a blue sleeping bag in the Nelson River outside Gillam and contacts police
August 3: Sawchuk’s tip leads police to a battered row boat washed up on the river bank
August 6: The search diverts to the town of Sundance, which has been abandoned since 1992, and once housed a murder suspect for three years
August 7: Canadian Police announce that two male bodies believed to belong to McLeod and Schmegelsky were found in ‘dense bush’ by the Nelson River, five miles from where they abandoned the burning car.
August 12: Autopsy confirms the teens died of self-inflicted gunshots