The new arrests are of two 16-year-olds, a male and a female, and they are both in custody for first-degree murder. They have not yet been charged. The new arrests bring the number of arrests to four. On Monday, an 18-year-old and a 14-year-old were charged with first-degree in the death of the 14-year-old stabbed behind his Hamilton high school.
A report released by the Hamilton Police Department details the brutal murder of a teenage boy. The 14-year-old victim, whose identity has not been revealed, was a student at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School. It was outside of school grounds at approximately 1:19 pm on October 7 when he was stabbed by two teens.
The first two accused made brief appearances at the John Sopinka Courthouse Tuesday. Their names are covered by a publication ban. Both have been remanded in custody to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 by video.
When the 14-year-old left court in a white court outfit, he did not look at or talk to anyone other than his lawyer.
As the 18-year-old left after five minutes in court, he waved to people in the front row who waved back. He spoke only with his lawyer.
Wary students headed back to class Tuesday morning with police tape still up and the school's Canadian flag at half-mast.
They arrived as if it were an ordinary morning — and yet it wasn't. Kids gravitated together at the front of the school, most at a loss for what to do or say faced with their schoolmate's death.
Students said they were stunned by the idea that there would be "an empty desk" where their classmate normally sat. Karissa Flanagan, who had been in classes with the victim, said that the police presence outside the school served as a constant reminder that he was truly gone.
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"You don't expect something [bad] to ever happen, especially at 14," she said. "It hits hard."
And student Shannon Rioux-Smith said he expected most students wouldn't come to class at all today.
"You hear about it in other places in Hamilton. But your school? In the backyard? That's very alien," he said.
The Hamilton police forensics team was on the scene to take more photographs at the back of the school. Inside the school, grief counsellors were available for students.
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.
In a news release, Hamilton police said that around 6 p.m. Monday, a 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.
"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.
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.
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"She's witnessed something horrible here. She's distraught. She's devastated."
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.
Manny Figueiredo, director of education at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, was at the school Tuesday morning.
"Enrolment is a little lower today. Some parents have said, 'I just want to keep my child home,'" he told CBC News. "Many have come in because they want to talk and make sense of this act of violence."
Figueiredo said questions have been raised about whether the school should be open today, but he believes its important for kids to have a place to connect with \”the largest number of caring adults.\”
In a statement issued Monday evening, Figueiredo said, "the community is in shock," and "our hearts are broken."
The statement said: "Our entire community shares in the grief and sadness of having lost a valued and loved student."
When I speak broadly around bullying, is bullying an issue in our society, in our schools? Yes, Figueiredo said. And we do have to continue to work around putting positive measures in place so kids can express their feelings and find peaceful solutions to resolve their problems.
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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.
"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."
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.
We will continue to work with our police partners on trying to understand what happened in this incident because it is a tragic loss of life. I can only imagine what the mother is experiencing at this point in time, Figueiredo said.
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.
"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.
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"She doesn't know how to cope. She doesn't know how to help her best friend through it," said Brenn.
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.
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