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article imageTim McLean's family speaks out about the young man that was behead on a Greyhound bus

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Aug 4, 2008 in Crime
Tim McLean was on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba heading for home when he was attacked and murdered by a fellow passenger. His family for the first time has spoken out about Tim and his murder.
WARNING: Contents of video very graphic.
In this report by this is the first time the family of the young man who was knifed to death and decapitated on a bus on Wednesday has spoken out. There are reports on this by KJ (momentsintime) here and here and by Chris V. (cgull) here.
The family of Tim McLean say he was a charmer who loved meeting people and he saw the good in everyone. They are still in shock not only that he is gone but from the horrible way in which he died.
McLean was a carnival worker and his family described him as a free spirit and a kind soul. reports his uncle Alex McLean reading from a statement on behalf of the family said, "Tim spent his life travelling and meeting new people and always saw the good in everyone. He was a little guy with a heart bigger than you could know."
He added, "He had the most infectious giggle." Adding, "You could hear him laughing a mile away. It didn't matter what kind of a day you were having, because when you heard him laugh, you couldn't help but join in."
As the family struggles to cope with Tim McLean's horrible death and the intense attention by the media Alex McLean said the family is grateful and overwhelmed by the support they are receiving from everyone including complete strangers.
Despite their struggle to cope with Tim McLean's gruesome death and intense media attention, the family is grateful for all the support they have received and overwhelmed by the outpouring even from complete strangers, Alex McLean said.
On Saturday a recording of a radio transmission between RCMP officers was posted on several websites including YouTube where it registered more than 9,300 hits before it became unavailable.
A news release was issued by RCMP saying they did not give permission for the transmission to be used as they are operational police communications and as such are not meant for public consumption."
On the recording one officer reported the suspect was moving around the bus which had been barricaded by the bus driver and the passengers.
The officers had given the suspect the code name of Badger.
On the transmission an officer said, "Badger is armed with a knife and a pair of scissors and he is defiling the body at the front of the bus as we speak."
The transmission ends with this, "OK, Badger's at the back of the bus, hacking off pieces and eating it."
Witnesses described how McLean was stabbed dozens of times while they were being ushered off the bus. The door was then barricaded so the attacker could not escape.
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The suspect, Vince Weiguang Li, 40, of Edmonton was charged with second-degree murder.
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The witnesses stated that McLean was attacked by a man sitting next to him. The attack was unprovoked and the attacker never said a word as he was stabbing the victim.
According to two witnesses after repeated stabbing the attacker carved up the body of McLean and then came to the front of the bus with McLean's severed head.
Police have not released the details of the killing only confirming that McLean had been stabbed.
The suspect, Vince Weiguang Li, 40, of Edmonton was charged with second-degree murder in court on Friday. He is scheduled to be back before a judge in Portage la Prairie on Tuesday.
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