Police ‘unconditionally’ release two suspects in fatal Hamilton high school stabbing

Hamilton police on scene after the fatal stabbing of Devan Selvey at Winston Churchill Secondary School during the afternoon of Oct. 7, 2019. Don Mitchell / Global News

Hamilton police arrested and released two suspects connected with the death of a 14-year-old boy stabbed outside Hamilton’s Sir Winston Churchill High School on Monday.

Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk revealed in a news conference Tuesday that a 16-year-old male and a 16-year-old female had been arrested for first-degree murder on Tuesday morning and investigators say they are “satisfied” the two are the outstanding suspects described by police on Monday night.

However, on Wednesday morning, detectives revealed they “released unconditionally” the two 16-year-olds and that the scene of the crime had been released.

“We interviewed them at length yesterday. These interviews went into the early hours of this morning. And at the conclusion of these interviews. I’m satisfied that at this time they’re to be released,” Bereziuk said in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

The two other accused – ages 18 and 14 – were arrested Monday near the school and are facing first-degree murder charges.

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Bereziuk said investigators continue to work through evidence but are “not seeking additional suspects.”

Police have not released names of any of the suspects as per regulations with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

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Investigators revealed the identity of the victim 14-year-old Devan Selvey on Tuesday.

Bereziuk said he could not comment any further on the relationship between Selvey and the accused, saying it was something they were still looking at.

“I can’t comment specifically on that, because I don’t want to perhaps giveaway any potential information that could lead to the identity of the accused,” Bereziuk said.

Detectives said they recovered a knife – which they believe to be the murder weapon – during a ground search Tuesday outside the school.

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Police say emergency crews were called to the Main Street East school just before 1:20 p.m., forcing nearby schools and a daycare centre into a brief hold-and-secure. Selvey, who had been injured in what police called a “serious assault,” was rushed to Hamilton General Hospital where he later died.

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When asked whether bullying may have been a factor in the crime, Bereziuk said he couldn’t comment.

He also downplayed a connection between the fatal stabbing and a bike theft incident earlier in September saying there was no evidence linking the accused.

Berezuik also confirmed the younger of the two alleged assailants was the one who stabbed the victim.

The 14-year-old and 18-year-old suspects appeared at a Hamilton courthouse Tuesday, charged with first-degree murder. Both were remanded in custody until Oct. 21 and will make their second appearance via video link.


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Bereziuk asked people in the area with dash-cam video or outdoor home surveillance video to contact investigators.

Anyone with information was asked to call police at 905-546-4123 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.