|Kimveer Singh Gill|
From his Vampirefreaks.com profile
July 9, 1981|
Lachine, Quebec, Canada
|Died||September 13, 2006
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Cause of death
|Suicide by gunshot wound to the head|
|Motive||Possible bullying, depression, personal stress|
|Date||September 13, 2006
12:42 p.m.–1:02 p.m.
|Location(s)||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Killed||2 (including himself)|
Kimveer Singh Gill (July 9, 1981 – September 13, 2006) was the Canadian perpetrator of the Dawson College shooting at Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on September 13, 2006. He killed one student and wounded nineteen others before committing suicide. Kimveer Gill had a fascination with 9/11 conspiracy theories, the war in Iraq, and the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.
Kimveer Gill was a 25-year-old Indo-Canadian born in Lachine, Quebec, Canada. His parents were of Punjabi descent, and moved to Saint-Laurent, Quebec from India in early 1981. The family later settled in the Fabreville area of Laval, Quebec in 1987. Kimveer attended Twin Oaks Elementary School in Laval from 1988 to 1993.
Gill later attended Rosemere High School, where he was remembered by teachers as quiet and unassuming. Despite early media reports, he performed well academically, and most students remember him as having friends and certainly never being bullied. He graduated from Rosemere High School in June 1998 before enrolling in Vanier College with his friend Steven Kulczycki after graduation; however, he dropped out in January 1999.
Gill briefly received military training from the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, from January 17 to February 16, 1999. He had told his friends he wished to eventually become a mercenary. He did not complete his basic training; for unknown reasons he was deemed unsuitable for military service and was voluntarily discharged before receiving extensive weapons training.
Gill's funeral was held on September 19, 2006 in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec. There was strict security outside, and only invited guests were allowed to attend the ceremony. The ceremony was held the same day as the funeral for Anastasia De Sousa, the only other fatality of the shooting.
Kimveer Gill described himself in his profile on Vampirefreaks.com, which is no longer accessible:
"His name is Trench. You will come to know him as the Angel of Death. […] He is male. He is 25 years of age. He lives in Quebec. He finds that it is an O.K place to live. He is not a people person. He has met a handful of people in his life who are decent. But he finds the vast majority to be worthless, no good, conniving, betraying, lying, deceptive, motherfuckers. Work sucks… School sucks… Life sucks… What else can I say. Metal and Goth kick ass. Life is like a video game, you gotta die sometime."
He also wrote,
"I hate this world, I hate the people in it, I hate the way people live, I hate God, I hate the deceivers, I hate betrayers, I hate religious zealots, I hate everything… I hate so much… (I could write 1,000 more lines like these, but does it really matter, does anyone even care)."
In extensive interviews with friends, family, teachers, and former colleagues, Gill was described as a quiet, nice, sensitive, generous person. He was described as "the nicest, gentlest person" with "a heart of gold". His friends say that prior to the shooting, Gill had a fascination with 9/11 conspiracy theories, the war in Iraq, and the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. He liked Jack Daniel's whiskey and was a user of ecstasy. In the last few months of his life, he ceased contact with his friends and parents, and seemed more depressed than ever.
Dawson College shooting
|Wikinews has related news: 20 injured in Montreal college shooting spree|
On September 13, 2006, Gill arrived at the Dawson College campus in Montreal, armed with a Beretta Cx4 Storm carbine. Before entering the cafeteria, he began shooting people outside the entrance and continued shooting once he had entered the school, killing 18-year-old Anastasia De Sousa and wounding nineteen other people and holding one student hostage before officer Denis Côté and other police officers shot him in the right arm. Gill then turned his gun on himself and committed suicide. Authorities concluded the attack was premeditated, after a short suicide note was found strapped inside Gill's trenchcoat.
In mid-January 2007, the Montreal police department revealed additional information mentioned that Gill planned on committing similar attacks at other institutions across the city of Montreal. Among those were Vanier College, the Université de Montréal, and a secondary school in Laval. Some plans and maps were found in Gill's car near the site of the Dawson College event.
In Kimveer's online journal there are several possible motives. Some[who?] point to the following entries as being particularly telling:
|“||People kill each other
|“||I’m so sick of hearing about jocks and preps making life hard for the goths and others who look different, or are different.
The other day on T.V. they were talking about this 15 year old kid that was killed by the cops, cuz’ he took a fake gun to school. Then they said he was emotionally disturbed and suicidal. Aaaaa, Duh!! If people were making your life a living hell wouldn’t you be hurt emotionally.
It’s not only the bully’s fault you know!!
A handwritten diary found by police at Gill's home revealed the extent of Gill's anger towards society which is similar to his infamous online post and contains numerous possible indicators of and reasons for his depression. A police source said, "It was very obvious his state of mind was deteriorating greatly over the last three weeks.". In a statement made on Friday, October 20, 2006, the head of the major crime squad for Montreal police, Richard Dupuis, states: "We know he was angry against the world, so it was a kind of vengeance… There is no explanation why Dawson. It could be Dawson, it could be another place".
VampireFreaks online profile
An online image gallery on Gill's Vampirefreaks.com blog, under his handle "fatality666" contained more than 50 photos depicting the young man in various poses. In several images, Gill either points a Beretta Cx4 Storm semi-automatic carbine at the camera, or wears a long black trench coat and what he identifies as combat boots. Some of the photos showing Gill with weapons were taken by a friend, according to his mother.
Among his many posted grievances, he stated that he hated school and work. Gill also referenced 72 movies, and 4 TV shows.
These are all of the movies Kimveer Gill listed in the section of his profile titled "Favorite Movies:" (in actual order):
V for Vendetta (movie), Romeo + Juliet, Edward Scissorhands, The Crow (1994 film), Bram Stoker's Dracula, Sleepy Hollow (film), Bang Bang You're Dead (film), Girl, Interrupted (film), Natural Born Killers, Carrie (1976 film), The Rage: Carrie 2, Corpse Bride, 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out, The Craft (film), River's Edge, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996 film), Friday the 13th (1980 film), Halloween (1978 film), Zero Day (film), Queen of the Damned, Monster (2003 film), House of Wax (2005 film), Hide and Seek (2005 film), Black Hawk Down (film), Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, The Cave (film), Dark Water (2005 film), Enemy at the Gates, American History X, The Skeleton Key, Scream (1996 film), Scream 2, Scream 3, The Chronicles of Riddick, Dead Presidents, Blow (film), Scarface (1983 film), The Devil's Rejects, Final Destination (film), Final Destination 2, House of 1000 Corpses, Doom (movie), Saw (2004 film), Saw 2, The Ring (2002 film), The Ring Two, Little Nicky, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Heat (1995 film), Dog Day Afternoon, King Arthur (film), Troy (film), Stalingrad (1993 film), Hostage (film), Serpico, The Shining (film), Platoon (film), First Blood, Braveheart, Hotel Rwanda, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Underworld (2003 film), The Village (2004 film), The Last Samurai, Menace II Society, We Were Soldiers, Alien vs. Predator (film), Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction
These are all of the television shows Kimveer Gill listed in the section of his profile titled "Television Shows" (in actual order):
These are all of the video games Kimveer Gill reported in the section of his profile titled "Favorite Games:" (in actual order):
Postal, Blood, F.E.A.R., Manhunt, 25 to Life, Doom 3, Quake 4, Farcry, Half-Life 2, Call of Duty 2, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, Postal², The Punisher (Punish Them), Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Super Columbine Massacre RPG!, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Need For Speed Underground, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, Command & Conquer: Generals, Command & Conquer: Zero Hour, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, Resident Evil
Gill's self-professed love of Goth culture was the topic of media interest, and it was widely reported that the word "Goth", in Gill's writings, was a reference to the alternative industrial and goth subculture rather than a reference to the unrelated and lesser known gothic rock music. The actual list of favourite bands and music on Gill's profile has been described in the media as a "who's who of heavy metal". Mick Mercer stated, of Kimveer Gill, that he was "not a Goth. Never a Goth. The bands he listed as his chosen form of ear-bashing were relentlessly metal and standard grunge, rock and goth metal, with some industrial presence.", "Kimveer Gill listened to metal", "He had nothing whatsoever to do with Goth" and further commented "I realise that like many Neos, Kimveer Gill may even have believed he somehow was a Goth, because they're only really noted for spectacularly missing the point." Mercer emphasized that he was not blaming Heavy Metal music for Gill's actions and "It doesn’t matter actually what music he liked."
Kimveer Gill's online profile lists his favourite bands as follow (in actual order):
Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, Lacuna Coil, Alice in Chains, Crossfade, Nightwish, Mudvayne, Distillers, Kittie, Drowning Pool, Cold, Helloween, Killswitch Engage, Evanescence, Tiamat, Tool, Union Underground, Amon Amarth, Therion, Tristania, Metallica "only the old stuff", The Sisters of Mercy, Danzig, Manowar, Lacrimosa, Black Label Society, Nightwish [mentioned twice], Iced Earth, Judas Priest, KMFDM, Iron Maiden, HammerFall, Disturbed, Godsmack, Linkin Park, Static X, Megadeth, Rammstein, Cradle of Filth, Heaven Shall Burn, Dimmu Borgir, Children of Bodom, Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Papa Roach, Linkin Park [mentioned twice], Seether, Satyricon, Soilwork, Type O Negative, Slayer, Nirvana, My Dying Bride, Xandria, God Dethroned, HIM, In Flames, Rage Against the Machine, Rob Zombie, Trivium, Atreyu, Coal Chamber, Staind, Stone Sour, Stratovarius, "and many, many, many, many, many more"
In a separate section of Gill's profile, titled "Other Favorite Stuff:", the following is found:
"Fav. Musicians: Marilyn Manson, Rammstein, Ozzy Osborne, Cradle of Filth, Disturbed, Godsmack, Tristania, Nightwish, Lacuna Coil."
"Fav. Song: Marilyn Manson - Coma Black"
"Fav. Clothes: My Ozzy Osborne Kangaroo"
The Megadeth song "A Tout Le Monde" was blamed by the media for the shootings. He had mentioned in his online blog that he had listened to it on the day of the shootings. However, Megadeth's singer Dave Mustaine said Gill had "turned a beautiful song into something ugly and nasty" and that Gill was "not worthy of being a Megadeth fan." Mustaine called the song "a gift to those who are in the process of healing" after the shootings, distancing his music from Gill's interpretation of it.
Other likes and dislikes
Kimveer Gill also listed his likes and dislikes in his profile. His likes, as stated in his Vampirefreaks.com profile, are:
Goth girls, Reb and V (Modern Day Saints)[aliases for Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold respectively], Goth Everything, The Postal Dude, Heavy Metal, Germany, www.VampireFreaks.com, German Metal, The Trogs, Whiskey, Vodka, Beer, Marilyn Manson, First Person Shooters, Super Psycho Maniacs roaming the streets freely, Black Clothes, Black Everything, Night, Darkness, Cold Places, Individuality, My Knife, Blood, Ice Storms, The Crow, Frost, Kittens (Tiny White ones), Black Metal, All Metal, Rain, Blizzards, Ravens, Crows, Grey Skies, Fire, Destroying My Enemies, Crushing My Enemies Skulls, Semi-Automatic Handguns, Combat Shotguns, Sawn-Off Shotguns, Assault Rifles, Hunting Knives, Swords, Sythe, Bow And Arrow, Battle Axes, Battles, Darkness, Anarchy, The Grim Reaper, Horror Movies, Icicles, Horror Everything, Hells Angels, Arrows, Massacres, Long Hair, Solitude, Trenchcoats, Hatch, B.D.U. Swat Cargo, Demons, Gothic Artwork, And Other Dark Artwork, Quentin Tarantino, Last Kiss Before Death (Not for me), Anarchy [mentioned twice], Rambo, Riots, Destruction, Winter, Snow, Ice, Cold Weather, The Lone Wolf, Hoodies, My Computer, VF, Thunder Showers, Harley Davidsons.
Kimveer Gill's dislikes, as stated in his Vampirefreaks.com profile, are:
THE WORLD AND EVERYTHING IN IT. But to be more specific: Jocks, Preps, Country Music, Hip Hop, Posers, Wiggers Chavs, Normal people, Anything And Everything Hip Hop, All Those Who Oppose My Rule, People who pretend to be your friend, but they're not, Traffic, American Government, Animal Cruelty, Anyone Who Supports The American Government, Politics, Comedy Movies, The Police, Law Enforcement, Religion, All The Governments On Earth, God, Stress, Really Hot and Humid Summer Days, Lies, Betrayers, Deceivers, Manipulators, Lawyers, Anyone Who Has Anything Against Metal Or Goth, Capitalists, People Who Think They're Real Smart Asses But Who Are Really Just Motherfuckers, People Without Manners, Downraters, Rude People, People In General, Anyone Who Has Ever Said Or Done Anything Bad To A Goth Girl, Sunlight, Goody Two Shoes, Fucking Religious People Who Think They Know Everything.....And Then They Stick It In Your Face Cuz' They Think They Know Everything (They Don't Understand That They're Just A Bunch Of Little Sheep), Catholics, Society, Traffic, When My PC Crashes Or Freezes, Cheerleader bitches, Teachers Who Try To Be Like The Students So They Can Be ^popular^....Instead Of Doing Their Job The Way They Should...And TEACH, Fuck, Just Fucking Writing This Stuff Is Pissing Me Off, People Who Talk With Their Mouths Full, Bullys, Smartasses, When my contact lenses don't go in my eyes on the first try, Normal human behaviour, People who drive too slow in the fast lane, People who judge others, When My Rifle Misfires And I Gotta Stand There For 60 Seconds Waiting For It To Fire, Or Not, The Universe, Anyone who doesn't like VF, Church Going Assholes, The World, Bible Thumping, Know-It-Alls, Damn I Gotta Lot Of Dislikes, Child Molesting Priests, All Priests, Republicans, Racists, Homophobes, Did I Mention That I Hate The World, Pitbulls (They're Too Dangerous), Waking Up, Life, The City It's Just So Damn Crowded, Warm Beer, The Human Race, When A DVD I'm Watching Skips Or Freezes, Dogs, GOD DAMN MOTHERFUCKING JOCKS.
The blog was removed sometime prior to September 14, 2006. However, it was accessed heavily in the interval after the killings and its contents were widely reported.
- CBC News: Montreal gunman called himself 'angel of death'
- Associated Press, Allan Chernoff and Katherine Wojtecki "College shooter showed rage, no motive" cnn.com
- Montreal Gazette, Sue Montgomerey "Who was Kimveer Gill?" /www.Canada.com/montrealgazette
- "Shooter had brief military service". theglobeandmail.com. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
- Killer's Mom Noticed Change In Son's Mood September 16, 2006 report by CanWest news wire reporter Sue Montgomery, accessed online at Leader-Post website September 20, 2006.
- "Le tireur avait d'autres écoles dans sa mire (Shooter planned similar attacks to other schools)". LCN. 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2007-01-18.
- "Chronologie d'un folie (Kimveer's online Journal)". La Presse. 2006-09-15.
- "Dawson killer's friend charged with uttering threats". CBC News. 2006-10-21.
- Kimveer Gill's Vampirefreaks.com photo gallery (snapshot 1201 KB)
- Kimveer Gill's VampireFreaks.com profile
- Lagace, Patrick Killer loved Columbine game Toronto Sun
- Patrick Dugan Soapbox: Why You Owe the Columbine RPG Gamasutra
- "Roll the Bones:Super Columbine Massacre and the Society of Risk" Culture Raven
- Clive Thompson "I, Columbine Killer" Wirednews
- September 14, 2006. Shooting by Canadian trench coat killer affects industrial / goth scene Side-line.com. Retrieved on March 13, 2007.
- NRI Kimveer Gill, Montreal native gunman called himself 'angel of death', kills One and injuring 20 NRI Retrieved on March 22, 2007
- Interview with Mick Mercer Starvox.net
- Kyshah Hell Interview with Mick Mercer Morbidoutlook.com
- Mick Mercer Broken Ankle Books
- Mick Mercer Mick Mercer talks about Kimveer Gill mickmercer.livejournal.com
- road runner records
- News articles
- Macleans Magazine : Gunman Opens Fire at Dawson College
- Side-Line : Shooting by Canadian trench coat killer affects industrial / goth scene Thu, 14 Sep 2006
- CBC News: Montreal gunman called himself 'angel of death' Thu, 14 Sep 2006 08:54:32 EDT
- CNN News: College shooter showed rage, no motive
- CTV News: Blog paints chilling portrait of 'Angel of Death' Thu, 14 Sep 2006 10:18 AM EDT
- USA Today: Gunman slays 1, wounds 19 at Montreal college 9/14/2006 7:26 AM ET
- Canada.com: A killer's dark mind Fri, 15 Sep 2006
- CBC News: College shooter Gill obsessed with guns Friday, September 15, 2006 | 7:10 PM ET
- CBC News: Shootings in a Montreal college Friday, September 15, 2006
- CBC News: Montreal college shootings reignite fierce battle over gun control in Canada Saturday, December 23, 2006 | 12:50 PM ET