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Inside the investigation of Hamilton teens stabbing: youth interviews, social media complicating police work
Hundreds of people attended a funeral in Hamilton on Saturday for a 14-year-old boy stabbed to death outside of his school.

The mother of Devan Bracci-Selvey has said bullies targeted her son for weeks leading up to his death. The teen was stabbed outside of his high school on Monday afternoon.

Friends and family members came dressed in pink as a statement against bullying, and dozens of mourners arrived in classic muscle cars and motorcycles in a tribute to the teen, who had a passion for old cars.

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A pink ribbon was also tied to the back of a hearse parked in front of the Stoney Creek United Church, where the funeral took place.

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.

Devan's obituary says he had "a loving heart for animals" and described him as a loyal friend.

The scope of the review has yet to be determined, but it will likely be similar to that of a May 2015 inquiry conducted by the Toronto Catholic District School Board following the deaths of Michael Menjivar and Zaid Youssef. The high school students were shot to death on their lunch break following days of conflict that played out on social media.

Family, friends of Hamilton teen fatally stabbed gather to mourn at funeral

The funeral was open to the public, but television cameras were not allowed. The family had asked those attending the funeral to wear pink to symbolize anti-bullying.

"What I will ask is for a rigorous investigation to understand where the gaps existed so there are lessons learned to ensure no child is left behind as a consequence of a system that is not improving the lives of young people," he said. "That's the obligation I have to his mother and to all parents in the province of Ontario."

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.

Two teens — a 14-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man — have been charged with first-degree murder in Devan's death.

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.

Neither can be named due to a publication ban shielding the man's identity and provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act that protect the boy's.

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.

Sea of purple honours Devan Selvey, Hamilton teen stabbed to 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.