2 men charged in fatal stabbing of teen boy near Scarborough high school
Victim was Brendon Bowler, 17, a student at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute
Toronto police have charged two men in the fatal stabbing of a teen boy near a Scarborough high school at lunchtime on Monday.
The men, aged 18 and 20, were charged with second degree murder in the death of Brendon Bowler, 17, of Toronto, police said. Both were due to appear in court on Tuesday morning.
Police said the stabbing occurred in the area of Livingston Road and Earswick Drive, near Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute, in the city's Guildwood neighbourhood. Officers were called to the scene, south of the Guildwood Parkway, at about 12:15 p.m.
Bowler was a student at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute, according to the Toronto District School Board.
In a letter to parents on Monday, Principal Marios Tenentes said the school has arranged for additional staff to provide support to students following Bowler's death. The school will continue to provide "social work support" in the coming days, he said.
Tenentes said students may be fearful, uncertain, anxious or even angry in the wake of the death of a fellow student.
"This is a sombre time for our school community as we mourn the tragic loss of this young life. I know that you will join with all of us in expressing our deepest condolences to grieving family and friends," he writes in the letter.
The principal noted that the fatal stabbing did not occur on school grounds.
"Although this incident took place off school property, the safety of our students remains a top priority," he writes.
"We want to emphasize the importance of awareness and the need for extra care in even the most ordinary and everyday routines. Safe schools are part of safe communities and we will continue to work with students and parents to ensure that our school remains a safe learning environment."
Stabbing followed altercation, police say
Police said they believe the stabbing occurred after an altercation broke out among a group of people.
When officers arrived, they found Bowler with life-threatening injuries from the stabbing. He was rushed to hospital through an emergency run, but succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead there.
Police said on Monday that they have recovered a weapon.
Bowler is Toronto's 24th homicide victim of the year.
Homicide detectives are calling on members of the public to come forward if they have any photos or videos that were taken before, during or after the stabbing.
With files from Muriel Draaisma