Montreal Killer Kimveer Gill's Cultural Affiliation

Okay, so I checked out the cache of Kimveer Gill's page at Here's how he filled out one survey on that site:

Birthday:July 9, 1981
Current Location:Canada
Eye Color:Brown
Hair Color:Black
Height:6 foot 1
Right Handed or Left Handed:Right
Your Heritage:Indian
The Shoes You Wore Today:Combat boots
Your Weakness:Lazyness
Your Fears:Have none
Your Perfect Pizza:All Dressed
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year:Stay Alive
Your Most Overused Phrase On an instant messenger:Heavy Metal Rulz
Thoughts First Waking Up:Tired
Your Best Physical Feature:My hair
Your Bedtime:Whenever I'm tired
Your Most Missed Memory:Being young
Pepsi or Coke:coke
MacDonalds or Burger King:Burger King
Single or Group Dates:Group
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea:WTF
Chocolate or Vanilla:Chocolate
Cappuccino or Coffee:Don't care for coffee
Do you Smoke:No
Do you Swear:Yes
Do you Sing:Hell no
Do you Shower Daily:Yes
Have you Been in Love:Yes
Do you want to go to College:No
Do you want to get Married:No
Do you belive in yourself:Yes
Do you get Motion Sickness:Ummmm, ya. I think so
Do you think you are Attractive:So-So
Are you a Health Freak:No
Do you get along with your Parents:No
Do you like Thunderstorms:Yes
Do you play an Instrument:No
In the past month have you Drank Alcohol:LOL. Yes
In the past month have you Smoked:No
In the past month have you been on Drugs:Yes
In the past month have you gone on a Date:No
In the past month have you gone to a Mall:No
In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos:No
In the past month have you eaten Sushi:No
In the past month have you been on Stage:No
In the past month have you been Dumped:No
In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping:No
In the past month have you Stolen Anything:No
Ever been Drunk:Yes
Ever been called a Tease:No
Ever been Beaten up:No
Ever Shoplifted:Yes
How do you want to Die:Like Romeo and Juliet -or- In a hail of gunfire
What do you want to be when you Grow Up:Havn't thought about it
What country would you most like to Visit:None
In a Boy/Girl..
Favourite Eye Color:Doesn't matter
Favourite Hair Color:Doesn't matter
Short or Long Hair:Doesn't matter
Height:Doesn't matter
Weight:Doesn't matter
Best Clothing Style:Covered in Black clothing
Number of Drugs I have taken:Not alot
Number of CDs I own:300
Number of Piercings:0
Number of Tattoos:0
Number of things in my Past I Regret:I regret nothing

Apart from the one place in this survey where Kimveer listed his heritage as "Indian" (not choosing to identify himself as "Sikh"), he affiliated himself almost completely on the rest of the site with (typically white) Goth-ness. Why? What made him choose that particular identity as he was growing up?

Which brings me to another question that I've asked before on the Fire Escape: If you're a guy in North America with Asian roots, and you can't or don't want to wear the model-minority label, how do you define yourself? Do you pick Goth or Skater Boy or Hip Hop depending on who your buddies are? What other possibilities are there for teen immigrants when it comes to style, music, ethics, values?

This post may seem like an odd reaction to the murders in Montreal, but along with the victims and their families who are suffering intensely tonight, I can't help thinking of the parents who raised this hate-filled brown boy. What can we learn from their tragedy in this strange place between cultures?

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