A 16-year-old boy has died after a stabbing at a Toronto subway station, police say.
Toronto police said officers found a male victim with injuries at Keele subway station on Saturday evening. He was transported to hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
The teenage victim was sitting on a bench on the lower level of the station when a suspect approached him and stabbed him without provocation, according to police.
On Sunday, Toronto police named the victim as Gabriel Magalhaes, a 16-year-old boy from Toronto.
Investigators said that Jordan O’Brien-Tobin, 22 years old and of no fixed address, had been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
The TTC issued a statement describing the stabbing as a “terrible incident” and extending condolences to the teen victim’s friends and family.
“Like everyone, we are concerned and saddened by this attack and we take incidents like these extremely seriously,” spokesperson Milly Bernal said in a statement. “The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority, and we will continue to work with Toronto Police Services as they investigate.”
Toronto police announced in mid-March that they were ending extra patrols on city transit that had been introduced after several high-profile cases of violence on the Toronto Transit Commission. That decision came after a late-January announcement that more than 80 officers working overtime shifts would patrol various locations on the TTC.
— with files from The Canadian Press