After an attack as heinous as the one that took place at UBC recently you would expect students to be on edge but those I spoke with about Thamer Almestadi’s daylight attack on a fellow student still felt safe, chalking it up to an isolated incident.
Some I spoke to were willing to tell me what they saw in the behaviour of the accused leading up to the alleged attack, with one student telling me Almestadi would stay up all night studying, he was shy and didn’t speak with girls, and that he was a man of faith who prayed five times a day and washed his feet in the sink as is the tradition in Islam.
A look through the accused's Facebook page didn’t set off any alarm bells, other than one video he shared showing professional makeup artists creating a fake throat gash with fake blood.
Interesting considering he allegedly attempted to cut the throat of the victim.
The last piece of information given to me by one student was a description of the knife used: a butter knife, too dull, thankfully, to allow him to do more damage to the victim, and giving rescuers enough time to stop the attack.
Due to a publication ban, I can’t give you details but what I can tell you is that the mainstream media is likely to continue deflecting by raising the spectre of Islamophobia.