Mourners gather for slain teenagers funeral in Hamilton – CBC.ca

Mourners gather for slain teenager\s funeral in Hamilton - CBC.ca
Youth interviews and social media commentary complicating Devan Bracci-Selvey homicide investigation
Family and friends are gathering to mourn Devan Bracci-Selvey at the 14-year-old's funeral in Hamilton on Saturday.

The teen was stabbed to death outside his school — and in front of his mother — on Monday afternoon.

An obituary for Devan describes him as having a passion for old cars and video games, and "a loving heart for animals."

Hamilton police have been relatively quiet on the circumstances surrounding Devan’s death, but Det.-Sgt. Steve Bereziuk has said investigators believe the 14-year-old accused was the one wielding the knife.

The funeral is to be held at Stoney Creek United Church at 1 p.m. and it is open to the public, though cameras are not allowed. The family has asked those attending the funeral to wear pink to symbolize anti-bullying.

A procession of 60 classic cars with pink anti-bullying ribbons will drive through Hamilton in Bracci-Selvey's honour. The teen had a love for old cars. 

Shari-Ann Bracci-Selvey says her son was the target of bullying since the second day of the school year, when tormentors allegedly stole his bike.

Harms, the mother of a now-Grade 6 girl who was allegedly hit in the face by a fellow student at a Hamilton-Wentworth district public school last year, is speaking out about the boards failure to address bullying in the wake of the stabbing death of Devan Bracci-Selvey, a 14-year-old Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School student killed Monday on school grounds.

Two teens have been charged with first-degree murder in her son's death, a 14-year-old youth and an 18-year-old man.

“Perhaps we’re not as clear in our communication with families around what the outcome of an investigation has been,” said Stephanian. “Certainly if we’re investigating a situation, we have to maintain confidentiality. But we should be reporting back to parents to say that we have investigated and what the outcomes of that investigation have been.

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“The problem is that kids don't trust us,” Vaillancourt said. “They think we're going to screw it up and they'll always find an example … of when it did get screwed up.”

Hamilton talks anti-bullying in the wake of teens death

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Visible beneath the short sleeves of the Ticat jerseys were purple \”Churchill Strong\” shirts, which were also worn by the majority of the massive crowd. Purple was Devans favourite colour. Donations from the distribution of those shirts — and from pizza sales and a raffle — will all be given directly to the family. And as of late Thursday afternoon a GoFundMe page to support the family had already raised about $90,000.