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On Tuesday, RCMP announced that Deng Mabiour, 54, of Red Deer, is charged with first-degree murder as well as assault with a weapon on another doctor, and assaulting a police officer.
His half-brother said Deng Mabiour came to the United States from South Sudan around 1998 and lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2005. He later moved to Alberta.
Mabior said growing up, his sibling was “not a normal guy.”
“A normal guy likes to communicate with people or share ideas with people, and he’s not sharing his ideas (with) other people. That would mean that this guy has got something wrong with him,” Mabior said.
The brothers grew up together, but Mabiour of Red Deer was several years older than his now-American half-brother.
The two share a father but have different mothers. Mabior said as a child, his brother preferred quiet places. The Seattle resident is the only family member who stayed in touch with Mabiour after they left South Sudan. He said his sibling wasn’t interested in hearing about his family back home, many of whom wanted him to come back and start a family there.
“He didn’t talk to nobody, except me. I’m the one who talked to him, because I am here in the U.S.A.,” Mabior said.
When he heard about the charges against his brother through a friend, he was shocked.
“I really feel very bad about it … it’s bad news,” Mabior said.
Vigils in Red Deer and Edmonton on Friday night paid tribute to the central Alberta doctor, originally from South Africa, whose patients and colleagues say was the best of the best, a physician who cared about everyone and a loving husband and father to two little girls. He moved to Canada in 2003 and Red Deer in 2006.