UPDATE: RCMP lay First Degree Murder charges in death at Drumheller Institution

Drumheller, Alberta – As a result of the investigation by the Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit into the homicide of David James Klassen, charges of first degree murder have been laid against the following individuals:

· Tyrel Brandon Lance Runningrabbit (19)

· Trent Fox (21)

· Vincent Robert Pierre Cardinal (26)

· Thomas Joseph Alfred Abraham (22)

All 4 individuals are serving inmates at the Drumheller institution. All 4 will remain in custody with the first appearance dates set for Feb. 25, 2022, at 10 a.m. at Drumheller Provincial Court.

Drumheller RCMP


Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit investigates suspicious death at Drumheller Institution

February 22, 2022

Drumheller, Alberta – On Feb. 21, 2022, at 1:08 p.m., Drumheller RCMP were dispatched to an assist EMS call at the Drumheller Institution. Upon arrival, RCMP were advised that the victim, David James Klassen, a 33-year-old inmate, was deceased.

Drumheller RCMP determined that the circumstances surrounding David Klassen’s death to be suspicious.

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Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit have taken over carriage of this investigation and will be working closely with Correctional Service Canada.

An autopsy is scheduled to take place later this week with the Calgary Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

No further details regarding the investigation can be released at this time.

Alberta RCMP

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