15-year-old boy dead after stabbing in Laval park

A teenage boy is dead after being stabbed in Marc-Aurèle-Fortin Park, in Laval’s Fabreville neighbourhood, Wednesday night.

Laval police have arrested a teenager in connection with the incident

Laval police were dispatched to Marc-Aurèle-Fortin Park after 911 calls reported someone badly injured Wednesday night. (Radio-Canada)

A 15-year-old boy is dead after being stabbed in Laval's Fabreville neighbourhood Wednesday night.

Laval police said around 8 p.m., 911 calls were made reporting someone badly hurt at Marc-Aurèle-Fortin Park.

Police spokesperson Geneviève Major said the stabbing followed an altercation involving a group of minors.

The 15-year-old was transported to hospital, where he was declared dead. 

Laval police have arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the stabbing.

He is expected to appear in a Laval youth court Friday to be formally charged with second-degree murder, Laval police say. 

The two teenagers knew each other, Major said. Police do not yet know what sparked the confrontation.

Benoît Ménard lives across the street from the park and said he was coming home when he heard yelling and went to investigate.

He told Radio-Canada he found the victim on the ground with a friend applying pressure to the wound with a shirt. Ménard said he called 911 and performed first aid, but the boy's vital signs were very weak.

He learned this morning that the boy had died.

Local resident Benoît Ménard was on the scene shortly after the stabbing. He said there has been more violence in the area over the last few years. (Jérôme Labbé/Radio-Canada)

Ménard said that over the past three years or so, there's been more violence in the park.

"Every year, it gets rougher," he said. "I'm 33 and I don't go walking in the park at night. There's a lot of gangs, a lot of young people, and there's often incidents."

He said that two or three times in the past year, he's had to break up fights in the area.

"I thought this was just a fight like any other, but no," he said.

"I'm asking myself: how much further can this go?"