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Investigation into ‘serious’ assault in Thunder Bay now being treated as homicide: police

City police say they're not releasing the name of the 18-year-old victim, who was taken to hospital after the alleged assault on Jan. 9.
City police say they're not releasing the name of the 18-year-old victim, who was taken to hospital after the alleged assault on Jan. 9. The Canadian Press Images/Francis Vachon

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Police in Thunder Bay, Ont., say an investigation into a serious assault is now being treated as a homicide probe after the teen victim died over the weekend.

City police say they’re not releasing the name of the 18-year-old victim, who was taken to hospital after the alleged assault on Jan. 9.

Police began investigating after receiving word of an alleged break-in at a home, where they ultimately found the teen suffering from serious injuries.

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Investigators say they’ve since identified two other people, a 20-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, who were allegedly assaulted with a weapon during the same incident.

Last week, police arrested a 19-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy in the case and charged them both with aggravated assault.

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They say those charges are expected to be upgraded in the coming days and additional charges related to the new victims are also expected.

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