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Boy, 14, fatally stabbed in front of his mother outside Hamilton school
An 18-year-old and a 14-year-old have been charged with first-degree murder after another 14-year-old was stabbed in front of Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in Hamilton. 

The two males will appear at the John Sopinka Courthouse later Tuesday. Their names as well as the name of the victim haven't been made public.

In a news release, Hamilton police said that around 6 p.m. Monday, a third male youth was arrested in Hamilton's ninth homicide of 2019. Police said the youth was interviewed and released unconditionally once his "involvement in the investigation was established." 

A weapon has not yet been recovered. Police are asking area residents who find anything suspicious on their properties not to touch them and to call 911 immediately. 

Bereziuk said they have not recovered the weapon, which police believe is a knife. He is asking the people in the neighbourhood to check their property and keep an eye out for the knife.

"When I look at this … it's a complete disregard for human life, which is extremely concerning for people of such a young age," said Det.-Sgt. Steve Bereziuk, in a news conference Monday evening.

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The detective would not say why the teen's mother was near the school, in the city's east end, but said she was not hurt in the attack.

"Im aware of a relationship between the victim and the suspects," he said. However, he could not provide any details on the extent of the relationship.

"She's witnessed something horrible here. She's distraught. She's devastated."

Emergency crews were called to Dunsmure Road and Ivon Avenue, outside of Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, just before 1:20 p.m. for reports of a stabbing.

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Police responded around 1:23 p.m. to what was originally described as a "serious assault," and put Winston Churchill and four other area schools under lockdown. Just over two hours later, Hamilton police announced that the student had died.

The community is in shock, and "our hearts are broken," said Manny Figueiredo, director of education at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB), in a statement Monday evening.  

"Our hearts are broken by the news that a 14-year-old student has died. There are no words that can begin to describe how shocked we are to learn about this loss," Manny Figueiredo, the boards director of education, said in a statement.

Alice Smith, who has lived just down the road from the school for the past 14 years, said she was sitting in her front sunroom with her husband on Monday afternoon when five teens came around the corner, with a car following close behind.

Teens face charges after boy, 14, fatally stabbed in front of his mother

"She said she tried to save him, but she just couldn't do it," Smith said. "She was very upset. She couldn't stop crying."

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Kandace Brenn, who also lives in the area, said she knew the victim and he had been a visitor to her house. She described him as a "sweet, quiet kid" who kept to himself.

She said her niece called her to give her a lift. The niece wanted Brenn to drive her and her best friend to the Hamilton General Hospital emergency room, where the victim had been taken. Both girls are students at the high school, and her niece's friend was the victim's girlfriend said Brenn.

Teen slain in front of mom outside Hamilton high school

"As soon as I got to them, I just started breaking down, 'cause I knew it was bad, the look on their faces. She couldn't even breathe." 

In the car on the way to the hospital, she said the friend described finding the victim unconscious and bleeding. Later she got a call from her niece that he hadn​​​​​​'t survived.

A can of pepper spray was located nearby that Bereziuk said may be part of the investigation. Evidence on social media may also be part of the investigation, he said.

"She doesn't know how to cope she doesn't know how to help her best friend through it," said Brenn.

When students streamed out of the school after the hold-and-secure was lifted, they found several blocks behind the building, between Adeline and Walter Avenues, taped off and a heavy police presence. Some kids asked police how they could reach their parents, with officers turning them around and telling them they'd need to find another way through.

Brenn said the victim had a rough start to high school, with bullying and being picked on. But she did not know if that had any connection to what happened Monday.

2 suspects to face 1st-degree murder charge after teen fatally stabbed outside Hamilton high school

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Hamilton police say a 14-year-olds mother was with him when he was fatally stabbed outside Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School on Monday afternoon.

\”Shes witnessed something horrible here,\” said Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk of the Hamilton police major crime unit. \”She is devastated.\”

Bereziuk said police responded to a call for a stabbing at 1:20 p.m. on Monday behind the high school at Dunsmure Road and Ivon Avenue. The school is on Main Street East, near the Queenston traffic circle.

Smith said crowds of students pass by her house each day on their way to grab lunch at nearby stores and restaurants. She said she hopes if any of them are ever afraid or in trouble, they'll knock on her door and ask for help.

The 14-year-old, a student at the school, was transported to Hamilton General Hospital where he died of his injuries. This is the citys 9th homicide of the year.

"When I look at this … it's a complete disregard for human life, which is extremely concerning for people of such a young age," said Det.-Sgt. Steve Bereziuk, in a news conference Monday evening.

An 18-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, both from Hamilton, will be charged with first degree murder. They will appear at the John Sopinka Courthouse on Tuesday (Oct. 8). A third male youth was arrested on Monday night around 6 p.m. Police say he was interviewed and later released unconditionally once his involvement in the investigation was established.

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Under the regulations of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the youth cannot be identified. Police are still looking for two more suspects.

"Our hearts are broken by the news that a 14-year-old student has died. There are no words that can begin to describe how shocked we are to learn about this loss," Manny Figueiredo, the boards director of education, said in a statement.

\”This incident was captured on video,\” Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk said during a press conference near the scene on Monday evening. \”We will identify these people. Its in their best interest to contact, perhaps a lawyer, get some legal advice and then come and see us.\”

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He wouldnt say who filmed the video or if it was filmed on a cellphone. Asked if video was shared on social media, Bereziuk said police will look at social media as part of the investigation but it was too early for him to comment further.

Police told reporters during a news conference at the scene Monday night that three suspects had been arrested and police are searching for two others, and that some of the suspects may have been students at the school.

Bereziuk said he wouldnt comment on why the victims mother was there with her son when the attack happened.

The boys name — which is protected under the Youth Criminal Justuice Act — is not being released, Bereziuk said.

HAMILTON – Police say a 14-year-old boy has died following an alleged assault outside a high school in Hamilton, and investigators say it happened in front of the boys mother.

Police have not yet located a weapon, but are looking for a knife. Neighbours near the school are asked to check their property for the weapon, but not to touch it. Police will remain in the area for the majority of the day (Tuesday, Oct. 8) processing evidence and canvassing. Residents in the area who find anything suspicious on their property are urged not to touch the item but to contact 9-1-1 immediately.

"My team has spoken with her. Shes witnessed something horrible here. Shes going to be distraught. She is distraught," Bereziuk said. "Shes devastated."

Police will continue to work with Sir Winston Churchill and the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. Grief counsellors will be available for those affected by the incident.

A can of pepper spray was located nearby that Bereziuk said may be part of the investigation. Evidence on social media may also be part of the investigation, he said.

The victim had a relationship with the suspects, but Bereziuk didnt know the extent of the relationship. Police are not sure how many people were involved in the attack.

Our hearts are broken by the news that a 14-year-old student has died. There are no words that can begin to describe how shocked we are to learn about this loss. Our thoughts are with the students family and loved ones," the school stated.

The first of the two outstanding suspects is described as a light-skinned black girl in her early teens with long, black hair. She was wearing a black coat with, possibly, a black T-shirt with white writing, and wore black shoes with a white stripe and white laces. The other is described as a white boy in his early teens wearing white shoes, dark pants, a grey long-sleeved shirt and a black backpack.

The first suspect is described as a light-skinned black female, in her early teens, with long black hair. She was wearing a black coat, possibly with a black t-shirt underneath with white writing, and black shoes with white stripes and white laces.

In the neighbourhood where the victim lived, half a dozen people gathered on lawn chairs Monday afternoon, discussing the assault and signing a sympathy card for the boys mother.

Bereziuk said they have not recovered the weapon, which police believe is a knife. He is asking the people in the neighbourhood to check their property and keep an eye out for the knife.

\”Im scared as a mother, for my son,\” said a woman named Eva, who did not want to give her last name, saying she was shaken by the incident.

Hamilton Paramedics said they transported the victim suffering from life-threatening injuries to Hamilton General Hospital. He was later pronounced dead in hospital.

She described the boy who died as \”quiet, nice, shy.\” She last saw him playing on the street Sunday.

"Im aware of a relationship between the victim and the suspects," he said. However, he could not provide any details on the extent of the relationship.

The assault temporarily sent the high school, along with W.H. Ballard, Parkdale, Rosedale, Viscount Montgomery and St. Eugene Catholic elementary schools, and nearby daycares into hold and secure — which means all exterior doors are locked but school continues to function as normal. Police said the hold and secures were lifted around 2:40 p.m.

Emergency crews were called to Dunsmure Road and Ivon Avenue, outside of Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, just before 1:20 p.m. for reports of a stabbing.

Amanda McKay teared up Monday afternoon waiting outside the school for her daughter, Katelyn, who is in Grade 10.

The second suspect is described as awhite male, in his early teens. He was wearing white shoes, dark pants, a grey long-sleeved shirt and a black backpack.

\”All I heard was sirens everywhere and then suddenly there was a stretcher coming out,\” Katelyn said. \”You dont ever think this is going to happen.\”

A police command van remains at the scene at Ivon Avenue and Dunsmure Road. Anyone with information is encouraged to go to that location.

There was a heavy police presence near the school at 1715 Main St. E., west of Parkdale Avenue South, including the canine unit.

A bicycle and a black backpack could be seen inside the area taped off by police. A police dog was sniffing through bushes in the area, and nearby on Main Street East, police guarded a driveway blocked off by police tape. An orange aerosol can sat on the driveway.

Debbie Fewer, who also lives near the school, said she heard sirens and later got a call from her neighbour telling her Dunsmure was blocked off by police.

\”That breaks my heart,\” she said upon learning a 14-year-old died. \”I feel so, so bad for that family.\”

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board said all communication was being directed by Hamilton police.

\”Our hearts are broken by the news that a 14-year-old student has died. There are no words that can begin to describe how shocked we are to learn about this loss. Our thoughts are with the students family and loved ones,\” read a statement from Manny Figueiredo, director of education, late Monday.

Police are appealing witnesses or anyone with video to contact police at 905-546-4123, or come to the command van at the scene.