Police have made an arrest in connection with the murder of a 14-year-old boy in Mississauga Friday. Riley Driver-Martin, a secondary school student was found dead in a cul-de-sac near a park and school in the city on the shore of Lake Ontario.
Investigators from the Peel Regional Police Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau have arrested and charged Nicholas Mahabir, a 20-year-old man from Mississauga, with Second Degree Murder. Mahabir will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice Saturday, Dec. 8 for a bail hearing.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and have appealed for witnesses, video surveillance or anyone with information to contact authorities.
Driver-Martin’s body was discovered in a residential neighborhood Friday morning by a passerby. His is the 25th homicide in the Greater Toronto Area this year.
Driver-Martin was a student at nearby Clarkson Secondary School.
Police told the Toronto Star that it was deemed a homicide based on “evidence of trauma to the victim’s body.” Police declined to comment further on whether there were weapons involved. Police did say they believe the boy “…left his nearby home, late evening on Thursday,” but it was not known if he was alone.
Police said his body was there overnight. He was not reported missing, police told local media.
“My heart goes out to the family of Riley Martin. It is scary when it happens on your street. They will find out who did this to you and I look forward to helping get justice for Riley.”
“What is happening to our youth of to day and so close to xmass .his family and friends will be very saddened.and miss a very young man teen.”
“I know the kids name his name was Riley I used to go to school with him. I know this is him because my friends father was contacted by the victims parents and then told me about it.”
The Clarkson Secondary School principal sent home a letter to parents.
“I’m writing to inform you about an incident that took place in our school community,” wrote school principal Mary Zammit. “Our thoughts are with the family and those impacted at this difficult time. We will continue to provide updates on our school website if we receive any additional information. As always, please call the school to speak with an administrator, if you have questions or concerns.”
Zammit told parents that Driver-Martin’s death could affect students and offered counseling and tips on how best to support kids.
“Be aware of signs that your teen may need additional support to deal with this loss.”
This is a developing story.
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