TikToker Records and Uploads Starbucks Stabbing


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Paul Stanley Schmidt, 37, was stabbed to death on a Starbucks patio on March 26 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The incident was recorded and posted to social media by Canadian TikToker, Alex Bodger.

Schmidt was at Starbucks with his fiancée and three-year-old daughter and had allegedly asked the assailant to stop vaping in front of his daughter. The attacker then reportedly became violent with Schmidt and escalated to the point of him stabbing Schmidt in front of his daughter while his fiancée was buying drinks inside.

The suspect has been identified as Inderdeep Singh Gosa, 32. Gosa has been charged with second-degree murder, but Kathy Schmidt, the mother of the victim, said she would like the charge to be upgraded to first-degree murder, which carries a potentially longer sentence but requires proof of premeditation.

This incident blew up on social media, after Bodger, who goes by Gora Pakora on TikTok, “recorded the stabbing and took a selfie next to the victim’s body and filmed himself smiling,” the Toronto Sun reported.

In the video, Bodger was also seen getting multiple camera angles of Schmidt’s last few moments alive, all  while screaming expletives in front of Schmidt’s daughter who witnessed the killing.

Bodger faced extreme backlash following the posting of the video to TikTok, with dozens of users calling his actions “deplorable” and “psychopathic.”

However, Bodger defended his actions on social media, “It’s not something you think you would see walking down the street in Vancouver on a Sunday,” Bodger said in an interview with Global News. “Every time I think about the situation, I get this feeling in my chest which is pure fear.”

He later went on to say that the reason he was smiling in the video was that he tends to smile in uncomfortable situations. Bodger did not elaborate on why he shared the video to social media, or why he continued to film Schmidt as he was dying instead of calling for help.

Many TikTok users have been critical of Bodger’s apology, because after his interview, he posted another video of himself smoking a cigarette outside the same Starbucks where Schmidt had died just a few days prior.

In the same video, Bodger said, “Yeah, this s— [the stabbing], it doesn’t faze me too much. I’ll just say human life, to me, the way I look at it, if I don’t know you, is meaningless … he’s dead. What can we do now?”

Due to the backlash, Bodger has since removed the video, and deleted all of his social media profiles.

The family and police have urged people not to share the footage of the attack, and instead turn it over to the police