ITS VERY SAD: Brampton dad charged with first-degree murder of two sons – Toronto Sun

\IT\S VERY SAD\: Brampton dad charged with first-degree murder of two sons - Toronto Sun
Father facing murder charges after 2 young boys found dead inside Brampton home
The father of two children found dead inside a Brampton home late Wednesday night has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Two boys, ages 9 and 12, were subsequently found dead inside a house on the residential street, located near Sandalwood Parkway West and Brisdale Drive.

“If it’s the boys that I’m thinking of, they were quiet kids. They played on the street, they played road hockey, basketball … it’s just heart-wrenching the amount of kids on this corner,” Sarah Edwards, a neighbour on the street, said. “It could have been anybody. It could have been anybody’s kids. It’s not the way to wake up in the morning.”

"The call did come from within the house and it was shortly after that it was determined that the deaths were suspicious," Const. Heather Cannon told reporters outside the home on Thursday morning. 

Another neighbour, Paul Rodrigues, spoke to Global News and said his wife and daughter knew the people living in the residence. Rodrigues also said the boys had come by his own home as recently as Halloween night.

Brampton father charged with 1st-degree murder of 2 young sons

Cannon said that the first officers to arrive located the boys bodies but found nothing to indicate any foul play.

Anyone with information relating to this investigation is asked to contact the homicide and missing persons bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 3205, or anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

It was only after the coroner attended and checked the scene that homicide investigators were brought to the scene.

Father charged with murder after 2 brothers found dead in Brampton, Ont., home

Police say the "circumstances of what transpired" inside the residence is currently under investigation by the homicide unit. 

Homicide detectives investigating after two boys found dead in Brampton, Ont., home

Investigators say they believe this is an "isolated incident" and there is "no threat to the community."

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Its going to touch a lot of people: Two boys found dead inside Brampton home

She could not tell reporters where the boys were found inside the residence or when investigators believe they died.

A man identified by police as 52-year-old Edwin Bastidas was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Police west of Toronto say the death of two boys, aged nine and 12, are being investigated as homicides.

Arrest made after boys, nine and 12, found dead in Brampton, Ont., home

Officers declined to identify Bastidas slain sons, but friends and family identified them as 12-year-old Jonathan Bastidas and 9-year-old Nicolas Bastidas.

Neighbours told CP24 that the two boys lived at the house with their mother and father and attended a nearby Catholic school.

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board said the two boys were students at St. Bonaventure Catholic Elementary School, and news of their deaths has saddened the community. Multiple sources told CBC News that Jonathan had autism.

Father charged with first-degree murder after children found dead in Brampton home

"They were quiet. They were respectful… There really isnt any trouble-makers on this street," Sarah Edwards, who lives in the neighbourhood, said.

Father charged with first-degree murder after two boys, 12 and 9, found killed in Brampton home

Ive never seen any kind of police activity here. The worst we have is people that go too fast down the street, she said.

Neighbours said Jonathan Bastidas, 12, and Nicholas Bastidas, 9, lived in the home with their mother, father and aunt. Cannon told reporters she could not confirm who lived in the home.

Video: Father charged after 2 boys found dead in Brampton home: Peel police

One resident of the community said he came home from work late last night and was shocked to learn what had taken place inside his neighbours home.

Cole Burston/The Canadian PressMoreAnyone with potentially valuable information is asked to contact the Peel police homicide unit or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers.

They are just your regular, everyday boys. They walk their dog through the neighbourhood. My daughter plays with them once in a while when they are out in front of our house and they play with each other at recess when they are at school, he said.

The school board said in a statement grief counsellors will be available to students and staff, and that the flag at St. Bonaventure has been lowered to half-mast. 

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board said Jonathan and Nicolas attended St. Bonaventure Catholic Elementary School.

Another area resident, Sam Mammen, said the neighbourhood has always been a safe place. He said he didnt know the family but had seen the boys walking by. This is the first time something like this has happened, Mr. Mammen said. Very sad to hear.

Father charged after two boys found dead in Brampton home

"Prayers have been offered for the two students, their families and friends as well as the entire St. Bonaventure community. The flag at the school has also been lowered to half-staff in memory of the two students. A letter is being sent to all St. Bonaventure families today," the board said in a statement released Thursday.

If this is indeed a case, domestic or familial related homicides, it is unfathomable, Mr. Brown said on Twitter. As a parent, I just cant comprehend this. The crisis that led to this is yet unknown. But our whole community is grieving.

Video: 2 boys, aged 9 and 12, found dead in Brampton home

The board said grief counsellors would be at the school Thursday and Friday to comfort those reeling from the sudden loss of two classmates.

A 52-year-old man has been charged after a nine-year-old boy and his 12-year-old brother were found dead in a Brampton home Wednesday night.

Police were called to the home on Hiberton Crescent, near Sandalwood Parkway and Creditview Road, just before 11 p.m. Wednesday for a medical call.

The board said its tragic events response team is at the school to provide support and counselling to students and staff, and the schools flag is at half-staff in memory of the two students.

“When we attended, we didn’t find any obvious signs of trauma to the children. It was a little bit later on that it was determined to be a suspicious death in both cases,” Const. Heather Cannon said.

Cannon told media, gathered outside the north Brampton home this morning, that homicide investigators are now working to determine what transpired in the home resulting in the deaths of the boys. Officers will be canvassing the neighbourhood, she added.

The exact cause of death has not been released. Cannon would not say where in the house the boys were were found, or who else was home at the time. Police say the 911 call came from inside the house but would not say who made the call.

Edwin Bastidas, the father of the two children, is facing two counts of first-degree murder. Police say no other charges have been laid at this time.

Neighbours say the boys lived with their parents at the home and another family member, believed to be an aunt, lived in the basement. They say there were no signs of trouble last night.

“I’m just in shock. I came home from work last night and saw the cruisers here,” said neighbour Paul Rodrigues. “This morning my daughter said her friend – the house that they live in – they found the kids dead.”

Rodrigues, who identified the boys as Jonathan and Nicholas, said his wife was good friends with the mother of the children and frequently went for coffee with her.

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“They’re just your regular everyday boys, they walk their dog through the neighbourhood. My daughter plays with them.”

Police say there were no obvious signs of trauma to the boys' bodies and they're calling it an isolated incident with no threat to the community.

Another area resident, Sam Mammen, said the neighbourhood has always been a safe place. He said he didn’t know the family but had seen the boys walking by.

The boys' father, Edwin Bastidas, is being held for a bail hearing and investigators are not seeking any other suspects.

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board said it was “saddened” to hear the news of the deaths of the two boys who attended St. Bonaventure Catholic Elementary School.

“Members of the DPCDSB’s Tragic Events Response Team are in attendance at the school to provide support and counselling for students and staff,” the Board said in a statement. “The flag at the school has also been lowered to half-staff in memory of the two students.”

“If this is indeed a case, domestic or familial related homicides, it is unfathomable,” Brown said on Twitter. “As a parent, I just can’t comprehend this. The crisis that led to this is yet unknown. But our whole community is grieving.”

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