Just before we leave this topic there have been some new developments. People who knew Li have reported that he was exhibiting all the signs of developing paranoid schzophrenia. When they urged him to seek medical help he would refuse. Now apparently there was a female coworker/friend of McLean's at the front of the bus (Stacey). Apparently Li had been sitting and chatting with this lady for some time as well as chatting with her on a cigarette break. McLean's girlfriend is disturbed by text messages he sent to her shortly before he was attacked suggesting that ecstasy was being used by some people on the bus. This part is not quite clear. It is possible he was not sitting with his coworker because she was the user. This may come out eventually. A close friend described him as one who kept to himself possibly as a result of his small stature. He was only about 5'4" and not a heavy guy(130). Apparently he often would distance himself in social situations which made him feel uncomfortable. The family has reported that after her interview with police she quickly returned to British Columbia.
What does all of this mean? First, if all of this is true, it would seem logical for police to carry out some intense questioning of the female coworker/friend if they can find her. I would be interested in the following:
What did she and Li talk about? Was she in possession of ecstasy? Did she use it on the bus? Did she share it with Li? Did she discuss McLean with Li? If so what was the discussion about?
With this new information coming to light it is now highly suspect that McLean was deliberately targeted by Li. Was Li already borderline psychotic? Would ecstasy have put him over the edge. Could the female coworker/friend have provided the focus for Li to act out in his agitated state?
Now a final caveat is that the evidence for all of this would seem to be sketchy. One Winnipeg reporter I heard interviewed on the radio this morning says that none of this has been verified and therefore there is a strong possibility that all of this is mere speculation, the result of the family trying to come to grips with this horrific act.