Hamilton Police are investigating the city’s ninth homicide of the year after a 14-year-old student was fatally stabbed outside of Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School on Monday.
Police say they responded to a call for a stabbing in the area of Dusmure Road and Ivon just around 1:20 pm.
When patrol officers arrived around 1:23 pm, they report immediately providing assistance to the victim. Unfortunately, the teen succumbed to his injuries at the Hamilton General Hospital.
Hamilton Police confirm a 14-year-old male student @Churchill_HWDSB has died as a result of injuries sustained during an assault outside the school in #HamOnt. Police are working closely with @HWDSB and continue to investigate. 1/2
— Hamilton Police (@HamiltonPolice) October 7, 2019
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Following the attack, police searched the area and were able to locate two suspects not far from the crime scene.
On Tuesday, police provided an update and said two males from Hamilton, aged 14 and 18-years-old, have been charged with first-degree murder. They will appear in court today.
Homicide Update. 2 males (1 is a youth) will appear in court later today, both facing a charge of 1st-degree murder. Police remain in the area. Weapon used is outstanding, anyone finding anything suspicious – do not touch – call 911 immediately. #HamOnthttps://t.co/rwnI8YOjEC pic.twitter.com/g61DZbnMnM
— Hamilton Police (@HamiltonPolice) October 8, 2019
A third male teen was also arrested around 6 pm on Monday evening. However, after being interviewed by authorities, he was released.
None of the suspects or the victim have been named, but police said they are still looking for two additional suspects.
- Light-skinned black female
- Early teens
- Long black hair
- Wearing a black coat and possibly a black t-shirt underneath with white writing on it
- Black shoes with a white stripe and white laces
- White male
- Early teens
- Dark pants and a gray long-sleeved shirt
- White shoes
- Black backpack
Police said the murder weapon used in the incident has not been recovered. 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.
Hamilton Police officers will remain in the area for the majority of the day to continue processing evidence and canvassing.
Grief counsellors will also be available for those affected by the incident.
Anyone with information is encouraged to attend the command van at Ivon Avenue and Dunsmure Road. Or to provide information anonymously, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit anonymous tips online.