Tributes are pouring in after the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy at a park in Vancouver.
The Vancouver Police Department says that the incident occurred on Saturday at 1:30 pm in Almond Park near Alma Street and West 13th Avenue. Investigators believe that the victim was “stabbed in the chest by another teen” during an altercation between two groups.
An online fundraiser has since been launched by the 15-year-old’s friends, raising money for his mother. In addition to raising more than $15,000, countless kind words and tributes have been left in the boy’s memory.
“I watched him grow up alongside my own son through years of elementary school and on,” wrote one person, who said that the 15-year-old boy was like family to them.
Another claimed to be one of his teachers, saying that they had a great relationship.
“I can still see him jumping around and telling me crazy stories,” they wrote. “When he laughed, it was with all his soul. I will always remember that laugh.”
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Police say that the victim passed away at the BC Children’s Hospital on Sunday afternoon, 24 hours after staff attempted life-saving surgery. The VPD’s Homicide Unit is now leading the case in gathering evidence and continuing the ongoing investigation.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested nearby and charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
Anyone with information is asked to contact VPD’s Homicide Unit at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.