The family of Kevin Douglas Addison, the man charged with first-degree murder in a mass shooting at the Nanaimo sawmill he worked at, told reporters Thursday it is "saddened and devastated."
Addison's brother-in-law George Rounis issued the following statement in person to reporters shortly before 6 p.m. PT, asking not to be photographed as he delivered the remarks.
"We are saddened and devastated by the events that took place in our community at the Western Forest Products mill," Rounis said.
"Our deepest heartfelt sympathies and condolences go to Mr. Mike Lunn and Mr. Fred McEachern’s family, friends and co-workers," he said, referring to the two men Addison allegedly killed.
Rounis also extended his family's best wishes to the two other men, Earl Kelly and Tony Sudar, who were seriously injured in the attack. Kelly remains in hospital Thursday where he is listed in critical condition.
"We humbly ask that everyone be respectful of the families affected by these events, including our own, especially the children," Rounis said.
Addison, 47, was arrested at the Western Forest Products Inc. mill in Nanaimo Wednesday morning immediately following the shooting. Today he was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder with a firearm.
Addison made a brief appearance in court Thursday in Nanaimo. His case was put over two weeks to May 13.
Addison's neighbour Susan, who asked that her last name be withheld, described him as a devoted father of a teenage daughter. She said Addison was never known to speak a harsh word.
She said she's been in a state of shock since learning of the shootings and Addison's arrest.
"All I can tell you is he was a hell of a nice man and I don't know what snapped him," she said.
"That's all I can tell you. We never seen him with a beer in his hand around here. He was a good boy."
She said Addison had not been working for some time and was dealing with financial difficulties.
"He left here early every day to go down to the UIC building to sign in, and then walk around the whole day looking for somewhere to work. And that was his life," she said.