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Canadian teen serial killers were ‘planning to hijack a boat and flee to Africa or Europe’

Canadian teen serial killers were ‘planning to hijack a boat and flee to Africa or Europe’ before taking their own lives in bushland as new pictures show how Australian victim’s van was shot at

  • Teens who went on a murderous rampage planned to flee to Europe or Africa
  • Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky used SKS semi-automatic rifles
  • They shot dead Aussie Lucas Fowler and his US girlfriend Chynna Deese
  • They killed lecturer Leonard Dyck four days later and stole his Toyota RAV4
  • The murderous rampage took place in northern British Columbia in July 
  • Ended their lives after they became stranded in bushland west of Hudson Bay

The two teenagers who shot dead Australian tourist Lucas Fowler, his US girlfriend Chynna Deese and university lecturer Leonard Dyck on a murderous highway rampage in Canada hoped to hijack a boat and sail to Africa or Europe to elude authorities.

The dramatic plan was captured on a video Kam McLeod, 18, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 19, took as Canada’s police and military chased them more than 3,000km across northern Canada.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has released a report on its investigation, which points to the murders as being random and suggests the teens were seeking ‘notoriety’ for their bloodshed.

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky used SKS semi-automatic rifles to carry out their murder rampage in northern British Columbia in July

‘There’s no indication these were planned or predicted,’ Assistant commissioner Kevin Hackett told reporters at a briefing in Vancouver.

Kam McLeod, 18, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 19, went on a murder rampage in northern British Columbia in July, first shooting dead Mr Fowler, 23, from Sydney, and Ms Deese, 24, from North Carolina with SKS semi-automatic rifles.

The two teenagers first shot dead Mr Fowler, 23 (left), from Sydney, and Ms Deese, 24 (right), from North Carolina

The two teenagers first shot dead Mr Fowler, 23 (left), from Sydney, and Ms Deese, 24 (right), from North Carolina

The couple's van (pictured) had broken down and RCMP assistant commissioner Kevin Hackett said McLeod and Schmegelsky targeted them for 'unknown reasons'

The couple’s van (pictured) had broken down and RCMP assistant commissioner Kevin Hackett said McLeod and Schmegelsky targeted them for ‘unknown reasons’

The couple’s van had broken down and RCMP assistant commissioner Kevin Hackett said McLeod and Schmegelsky targeted them for ‘unknown reasons’. 

‘It appears that the shooter(s) stood behind the victims for at least some of the shots,’ the report states.

McLeod and Schmegelsky then shot and killed 64-year-old University of British Columbia botany lecturer Mr Dyck four days later, stole his Toyota RAV4, set their own Dodge pick-up truck on fire and sparked a nationwide manhunt.

McLeod and Schmegelsky shot and killed 64-year-old University of British Columbia botany lecturer Mr Dyck four days later and stole his Toyota RAV4 (pictured)

McLeod and Schmegelsky shot and killed 64-year-old University of British Columbia botany lecturer Mr Dyck four days later and stole his Toyota RAV4 (pictured)

They then set their own Dodge pick-up truck (pictured) on fire and sparked a nationwide manhunt

They then set their own Dodge pick-up truck (pictured) on fire and sparked a nationwide manhunt

The teenagers also stole Mr Dyck’s digital camera and recorded six videos and three still images as they drove more than 3,000km east to Gillam, Manitoba. 

The RCMP said it would not release the videos or photos publicly because they believed it would inspire copycats and the teenagers appeared to crave notoriety for their crimes.

On one 58-second video, Schmegelsky admits ‘they are responsible for the three murders’ and ‘they were going to march to Hudson Bay where they planned to hijack a boat and go to Europe or Africa’. 

The teenage killers (pictured) decided to end their lives after they became stranded in an area near a fast-moving river and thick bushland west of Hudson Bay

The teenage killers (pictured) decided to end their lives after they became stranded in an area near a fast-moving river and thick bushland west of Hudson Bay

McLeod and Schmegelsky reportedly left their hometown of Port Alberni, British Columbia, on July 12 after telling family members they were going to search for work in Whitehorse, Yukon. 

The teenage killers decided to end their lives after they became stranded in an area near a fast-moving river and thick bushland west of Hudson Bay.   

Ms Deese's family released a statement describing Chynna (left) as 'a ray of sunshine, and for her to be taken has made the world feel a bit darker'

Ms Deese’s family released a statement describing Chynna (left) as ‘a ray of sunshine, and for her to be taken has made the world feel a bit darker’

Ms Deese’s family released a statement describing Chynna as ‘a ray of sunshine, and for her to be taken has made the world feel a bit darker’. 

‘The loss we continue to endure is shattering, but Chynna’s memories are a benediction to her genuine happiness and intense love of life,’ the Deese’s said.

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