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Updated: Thu, 01 May 2014 22:58:39 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Kevin Douglas Addison a devoted father, says neighbour



Kevin Addison is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder with a firearm following a shooting at the Western Forest Products sawmill in Nanaimo. Nanaimo Daily News

Kevin Addison is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder with a firearm following a shooting at the Western Forest Products sawmill in Nanaimo. Nanaimo Daily News

A neighbour of the man arrested in the deadly shootings at a sawmill Wednesday morning in Nanaimo, B.C., described him as a devoted father of a teenaged daughter, who was never known to speak a harsh word.

Kevin Douglas Addison, 47, was arrested at the Western Forest Products Inc. mill in Nanaimo on Wednesday morning and has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder with a firearm.

Addison made a brief appearance in court Thursday in Nanaimo. His case was put over two weeks to May 13.

Michael John Lunn, 61, and Fred James McEachern, 53, were killed. Two other men were seriously wounded.

Addison's neighbour Susan, who asked that her last name be withheld, said she's been in a state of shock since learning of the shootings and Addison's arrest.

"All I can tell you is he was a hell of a nice man and I don't know what snapped him," she said.

"That's all I can tell you. We never seen him with a beer in his hand around here. He was a good boy."

She said Addison had not been working for some time and was dealing with financial difficulties.

"He left here early every day to go down to the UIC building to sign in, and then walk around the whole day looking for somewhere to work. And that was his life," she said.

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