An impromptu memorial for Dr. Walter Reynolds, who died after he was attacked in an examination room rests outside the Village Mall walk-in clinic in Red Deer, Alta., Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Doctor slain in Alberta medical clinic was devoted father, husband

Red Deer doctors on edge after attack on colleague who had two young daughters

A doctor who was killed in a violent attack at a walk-in clinic in central Alberta is being remembered as a devoted family man who was well-liked by patients.

Dr. Peter Bouch says members of Red Deer’s medical community are feeling shaken a day after the death of his colleague, Dr. Walter Reynolds.

Bouch says Reynolds was proud of his two young daughters and was a dedicated physician.

He says he and Reynolds worked at different clinics, but were both part of a tight-knit community of doctors in Red Deer who are originally from South Africa.

RELATED: Alberta physician killed after attack at Red Deer walk-in clinic

RELATED: ‘We were face to face’: Good Samaritan recalls tackling Nelson stabbing suspect

RCMP Supt. Gerald Grobmeier has said staff and patients were in the Village Mall Walk-In Clinic yesterday for what he called an isolated, but extremely brazen crime.

A witness told media outlets that it was her family doctor who was slain by someone allegedly with a hammer and machete.

Bouch said physicians are feeling vulnerable.

“It’s a shock to the whole of Red Deer, not only to the physicians, but also to the many medical staff that work in our clinics,” he said in an interview Tuesday.

“And I think a lot of them are looking over their shoulder today and are quite anxious.”

Bouch said he has heard concerns from other physicians in the city about aggression from patients, though none of those cases have been as extreme as Reynolds’ slaying.

He said the issue can’t be pinpointed to any one cause.

“I think some of us need to speak to the mayor and we need to speak to the RCMP and try and figure out a way of making our exam rooms, our offices, a safe place — both for patients and for ourselves.”

Mounties have said a suspect is in custody and they anticipate charges will be laid. A news conference was to take place later Tuesday.

Grobmeier also said one officer was struck with a blunt weapon during the arrest, and was treated for minor injuries.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for the education of Reynolds’ daughters. By late morning Tuesday, it had raised close to $64,000.

“He was a devout father to two amazing young daughters and a loving husband,” wrote fundraiser organizer Johan Myburgh.

“He loved to run, be healthy and, most of all, spend time with his family.”

— The Canadian Press

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Oak Bay couple honoured for 35 years volunteering

Mayor awards distinguished Oak Leaf to Bert and Doris Dinsmore

Hospital foundation president praises generosity of Peninsula residents

Karen Morgan said support during COVID-19, financial and otherwise, has been touching

Meet the Liberal candidate for Oak Bay-Gordon Head

Roxanne Helme about ‘governance, not politics’

New Democrats on Saanich Peninsula still looking to announce candidate

While BC Liberals have nominated Stephen Roberts, New Democrats have not yet announced candidate

UPDATED: West Shore RCMP locate dangerous, ‘high-risk sex offender’ thanks to help of taxi cab driver

Scott Jones wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, ‘a risk to women and girls,’ police say

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

Canadian ski resorts wrestle with pandemic-vs.-profit dilemma as COVID-19 persists

Few are actually restricting the total number of skiers they allow on the hill

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

End of CERB means uncertainty for some, new system for others

As of a week ago, the CERB had paid out $79.3 billion to 8.8 million people

Horgan, Wilkinson trade barbs over MSP premiums, health care at campaign stops

Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24 earlier this week

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Vancouver Island Tour de Rock riders roll into Parksville Qualicum Beach

Saturday’s schedule includes Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino, followed by Nanaimo on Sunday

Most Read