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Police arrest 17-year-old in connection with Kelvin High killing

Kelvin High School Winnipeg police June 2 2015
Police investigate outside Kelvin High School after a teen was stabbed to death. Lorraine Nickel / Global News

WINNIPEG – Police have arrested a 17-year-old in connection with the killing of Brett Bourne at Kelvin High School on Tuesday. Police announced the arrest at a news conference Wednesday.

Bourne, 17, was stabbed to death just outside the school at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Bourne is a former student at the Crescentwood high school, police said, while the other two teens involved are current students.

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The stabbing was preceded by a minor altercation between a 16-year-old boy, who is a student at Kelvin, and Bourne, police said. The 16-year-old “disengaged,” at which point a third teen stepped in and stabbed Bourne, police allege. Bourne was critically injured and later pronounced dead at hospital.

Police are waiting for results of an autopsy, they said. No charges have been laid.

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Video surveillance footage from a camera at the school has been turned over to police, the area’s school trustee said.

The Winnipeg School Division will do an internal investigation following the homicide, but it was an isolated, “split second” incident that would have been difficult to prevent, Trustee Mark Wasyliw said.

He called teachers’ actions following the stabbing “heroic.” Some tried to help the victim while others ensured the school was locked down and other students kept safe, Wasyliw said.