Tim McLean, Jr. was on his way home to Winnipeg after working at a carnival in Edmonton. His friends say that he was a bubbly person that loved everyone and was a ladies man. The 22-year-old was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Tim McLean, Jr. was murdered Wednesday night on a Greyhound bus.
Charged with the murder is Vince Weiguang Li, 40, of Edmondton. Li is alleged to have stabbed the young man 40 to 50 times because hacking off his head on a lonely road in the Canadian prairies.
Young Tim had sent his father a text message around 7:30 p.m. when the Greyhound was leaving Brandon asking if he could come home for the night. His father texted back that of course he could. That was the last time they had contact. Tim’s mother is on an Alaskan Cruise until next week. His father is trying to get in contact with her.
McLean was a small man. Only 5 foot-5 inches he weighed a mere 125 pounds. That was no match for the six-foot-tall Li who weighs at least 200 pounds.
The RMCP is not confirming the reports that Li decapitated McLean. Witnesses though from the bus have all stated that Li calmly walked to the front of the vehicle carrying the young man’s head.
McLean was asleep when the attack started according to witness Garnet Caton. Caton heard a “blood curling scream” and turned around to see Li repeatedly stabbing McLean.
Li is charged with second-degree murder. Under the Criminal Code second degree murder is defined as being unpremeditated.
In the aftermath of one of the most horrific crimes in modern Canadian history friends and family members are trying to sort out why such a nice guy was the victim of this crime.
In an e-mail to CBC News, friend Jossie Kehler wrote that McLean was loved by everyone, had a bubbly personality and was a ladies’ man.
“He has a lot of friends and they all are very upset he’s gone, and they would like to say they miss him and he will always be in their hearts,” she wrote.
“People say no one’s perfect, but Tim, he was,” she wrote. “He did nothing bad to anyone.”