A 15-year-old boy is dead after a stabbing on Wednesday, Jan. 1 in Laval’s Fabreville district, according to police.
Laval police spokesperson Geneviève Major said a fight broke out between a group of teens for unknown reasons around 8 p.m. at Marc-Aurèle-Fortin Park.
During the fight, police say the 15-year-old victim was stabbed with a knife.
Major said the teen was taken to hospital, where he was declared dead.
Police arrested a 16-year-old who was hospitalized with minor injuries in connection with the incident.
He appeared in youth court via teleconference late Thursday afternoon.
Major said authorities recommended a charge of second-degree murder, but it would be up to the province’s director of criminal prosecutions to decide.
He is expected back in court on Friday to face formal accusations. Major said he has been released into the custody of Quebec youth protection services.
Laval police are asking possible witnesses to call the Info-Crime line at 450-662-INFO.
A command post was set up Thursday morning at Marc-Aurèle-Fortin Park.
People in the area are shaken by the incident.
“I never see that in this area,” said longtime resident Geoges André. “Twelve police cars!”
André told Global News it’s usually a quiet neighbourhood and that something like this is out of character.
Benoît Ménard was one of the first people at the scene and says he is still coming to grips with what happened.
He told Global News he was outside smoking when he heard screaming and saw people running.
Ménard recounted how when he arrived in the parking lot, a teenager had taken off his shirt and was trying to stop the victim’s bleeding. Ménard said he called 911 and took over applying pressure on the injured teen’s wound.
On Thursday, he was back in the parking lot where the stabbing happened to leave flowers on the fence.
He also had a message for the victim’s family.
“He wasn’t alone. Someone, from beginning to end, was there to try and help him,” Ménard said.
— With files from Global’s Phil Carpenter and The Canadian Press