Three teens face murder charges in death of Saskatoon high school student – CTV News

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Saskatoon homicide: Three teens charged with murder in shooting death of 15-year-old boy
SASKATOON — Saskatoon police have charged three teen boys, two aged 15 and one aged 17, with second-degree murder in the death of a 15-year-old Holy Cross High School student.

The teen died Saturday. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound, police said in a news release.

Major Crimes was assisted by the Guns and Gangs Unit, Forensic Identification, Tech Crimes, Integrated Intelligence and the Drug Unit and Patrol in search warrants at three homes Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

One of the accused 15-year-old boys is also charged with possession of a firearm while prohibited and breach of probation.

The other 15-year-old was arrested without incident upon turning himself in to police Wednesday afternoon, police said in a news release. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.

Police said earlier that two teen boys, including the 15-year-old charged in the murder, were arrested with physical evidence in relation to the murder.

The 17-year-old suspect is charged with second-degree murder and breach of undertaking. He is scheduled to appear before a justice of the peace Wednesday evening.

Major Crimes investigators also charged the 15-year-old with possession of a firearm and breach of probation in connection to the Saturday death.

Due to provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act the accused teens and the victim cannot be named.

Police found the teen in medical distress at a business on the 2300 block of Arlington Avenue just before noon on Saturday.

As part of the investigation into the teens death, SPS major crimes investigators executed search warrants at three Saskatoon homes.

The 15-year-old made a brief first appearance in provincial court Wednesday in front of a nearly full gallery.

The first search was conducted Tuesday night in the 100 block of Weyakwin Drive, followed by two others early Wednesday morning in the 300 block of ORegan Crescent and the 400 block of Witney Avenue South, according to police.

Earlier, a 15-year-old boy was  charged with second-degree murder in the weekend death of the teenager.

The guns and gangs, drug and tech units were among the five units that have been assisting major crimes investigators, police said. 

Provisions in the Youth Criminal Justice Act prevent publishing the names of the accused or the victim.

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Initially, two boys, one 15 and the other 17, were arrested in Saskatoon on Wednesday after police executed search warrants at three residences over the past 24 hours. Later, on Wednesday afternoon, police say a third teenager, a 15-year-old male, was also charged after he turned himself into police earlier in the day.

Officers received a call Saturday around 11:50 a.m. about a teen “in medical distress at a business in the 2300 block of Arlington Avenue,” police said.

Police have charged two 15-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy with second-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of another teen in Saskatoon’s Nutana Suburban Centre neighbourhood.

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One of the 15 year olds accused is also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and breach of probation following the death on Saturday of a 15-year-old boy. The 17 year old also faces a breach charge.

The victim, who police said was also 15, went to Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon. The school is only a few hundred metres from where the teen died.

The other 15 year old turned himself into police late Wednesday afternoon, when he was charged with second-degree murder.

Under provisions in the Youth Criminal Justice Act, neither the three accused nor the shooting victim can be identified. Privacy protections in the act ban the identification of youth victims of crime or witnesses of crime alleged to have been committed by another youth.

The 15-year-old suspect appeared in youth court Wednesday afternoon and is accused of shooting the victim with a long-barrelled rifle.

The first 15-year-old accused, wearing a grey shirt with blue writing, waved at one of his supporters when he was brought into the glassed-in prisoner’s box for his appearance on Wednesday in Saskatoon provincial court. The accused teen’s mother was present in the courtroom alongside around 20 young people. The accused is scheduled to appear again on Thursday.

The other teen, 17, was arrested later that day and was scheduled to appear before a justice of the peace later Wednesday evening. 

Officers received a call Saturday around 11:50 a.m. about a teen in medical distress at a business in the 2300 block of Arlington Avenue,” police said in a news release. Police, fire and ambulance crews “attempted life-saving measures but were unsuccessful,” police said.

Three teenage boys have been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of another teen on Nov 2.

“Investigators have worked diligently over the past number of days, since this incident occurred, and want to thank the public for their assistance in this matter,” police said Wednesday in a news release.

According to police, major crimes investigators — with help from the guns and gangs unit, forensic identification, tech crimes, integrated intelligence, the drug unit and patrol officers — executed search warrants at three homes in Saskatoon.

The first search was conducted Tuesday night in the 100 block of Weyakwin Drive, followed by searches Wednesday morning in the 300 block of O’Regan Crescent and the 400 block of Witney Avenue South. Two boys were arrested “and physical evidence in relation to this homicide was gathered,” police said.