The family of murdered American tourist Chynna Deese has forgiven the father of one of the Port Alberni teens who's her presumed killer.
The forgiveness came in a lengthy, heartfelt, and occasionally scathing Facebook post by Kennedy Deese.
In it, she criticized Alan Schmegelsky for not acknowledging the role he played in his son Bryer's upbringing and ultimate demise.
Deese's statement came on the same weekend that Schmegelksy told 60 Minutes Australia he felt there was a "mistake" when police suggested that his son might have killed three people in northern B.C.
In the interview, Schmegelsky also claimed that he still needs proof before he'll believe that his now-dead teenager was a killer.
Bryer Schmegelsky and his best friend, Kam McLeod, fled authorities over four provinces before being found dead in the woods near Gillam, Manitoba.
Police have said there's evidence linking the former fugitives to the murders of Chynna Deese and her boyfriend, Lucas Fowler. The teens were charged with second-degree murder in the death of UBC botany instructor Len Dyck.
In her Facebook post, Deese maintained that Schmegelsky's sorrow is only for himself.
"You cannot relate to us, as we had no doings in the cause of your pain, when you've played a part in the cause of our pain," she wrote. "To the murderers and their family, the appropriate action when mistakes are made is taking responsibility. The proper public response would have been a genuine apology."
Some of Schmegelsky's comments in the 60 Minutes Australia broadcast were astonishing.
"These boys are smart, they're intelligent," Schmegelsky said after learning that his son and McLeod had made it to Manitoba. "Kudos, boys. Kudos. Kudos."
Schmegelsky also revealed in the broadcast that bought his son a $600 pellet gun last year. Then he defended the purchase.
"They're like machine guns,' Schmegelsky explained. "They've got a magazine and you can put upwards of 400 pellets in there."
He said that he believed the pellet gun would get his son into the woods with his buddies.
"I'm not going to second-guess. I'm not going to say it's my fault. I'm not going to do that."
Then Schmegelsky insisted that he did not provide a real gun.
"I never gave him a gun that would kill someone."
The 60 Minutes Australia program noted that Schmegelsky has experienced homelessness and mental-health issues. His mother moved away with Bryer when the son was five years old.
In her Facebook post, Deese pointed out that having "a dynamic upbringing and obstacles in life is not exclusive to anyone".
"There is no excuse for staying broken and refusing to heal," she wrote.
Deese also stated that her sister Chynna earned a degree in psychology because she wanted to help and support people.
"She used her experiences to find inner peace," Deese wrote. "She had emotional intelligence, and let people come to her uncritically. There is no white flag of surrender for my family. We are not defeated by divorce, mental health, violence, poverty and socioeconomic constraints, domestic disputes, alcohol or drugs, social media and bullying, feelings of loneliness, or disparities.
"We have the courage to ask for and offer help," she continued. "We are strong, and stand strong together right now in the face of all of these adversities that have come upon us. Our understanding of life is that we cannot always control it, and it is not always our place to question it, but we have the power to discern how we choose to react."
Deese also called her sister "a once in a lifetime soul".
"She volunteered her time with the so called 'outcasts' and she would have befriended her murderers if given the opportunity," she wrote. "Or in the least no chosen destruction and hate. I know this because I helped raise her.
"She was building a beautiful life with a future full of love and hope and adventure," Deese continued. "She wanted children of her own. And she would have raised them to have eyes that were open to all the wonderful things this world has to offer."