‘SENSE­LESS’

Hunt on for killers af­ter 14-year-old boy found stabbed in Mis­sis­sauga park

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - JOE WARMINGTON

MIS­SIS­SAUGA — Ri­ley Driver Martin was known as a good kid who was not known to po­lice.

He’s said to haven’t been in­volved in any­thing that would lead to him be mur­dered.

But that’s ex­actly what hap­pened to the 14-year-old boy.

He was found dead as a re­sult of a trauma Fri­day morn­ing along a path lead­ing to a lo­cal play­ground and school­yard near Hart­ing­ton Court — just 200 me­tres from his fam­ily’s Tr­us­cott Dr. home.

He’s Peel Re­gion’s 25th homi­cide of 2018.

“We won’t be dis­cussing ev­i­dence or po­ten­tial mo­tives at this time, but I can say this was sense­less,” Peel Re­gional Po­lice Insp. Martin Ot­t­away, who heads up the homi­cide squad, said Fri­day.

Of­fi­cers re­sponded to the dis­cov­ery of the boy at about 8 a.m., but it’ is be­lieved he was likely stabbed to death just af­ter mid­night.

“I saw the boy in the park last night,” said neigh­bour Sa­man­tha White. “He was alone.”

Hours later he was found face down in a pool of blood.

Homi­cide de­tec­tives were keep­ing their cards close to their chest. But the Toronto

Sun learned they were look­ing for more than one killer.

Whether they’re male or fe­male wasn’t known.

Peel Homi­cide uses the clus­ter in­ves­tiga­tive sys­tem, which means you can run but it won’t be easy to hide.

“It would be wise for those re­spon­si­ble for this to get a lawyer and to turn them­selves in as soon as pos­si­ble,” said Ot­t­away. It’s good ad­vice.

Po­lice didn’t say it but I can trans­late for the killers if they don’t un­der­stand what’s com­ing down.

The clock is tick­ing and the noose is tight­en­ing.

“If some­body knows who they are, or may have wit­nessed some­thing, we would re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate a call to our de­tec­tives or to Crime Stop­pers,” said Ot­t­away.

There are al­ready a mul­ti­tude of sur­veil­lance and se­cu­rity cam­eras in this area.

Po­lice didn’t re­lease the vic­tim’s iden­tify, but stu­dents who at­tended school with him at Clark­son Sec­ondary said it was Driver-Martin who was found and it was his house the po­lice were in­side talk­ing to his dev­as­tated par­ents.

“He was stabbed,” said one of his class­mates. “It’s just not right.”

A post-mortem was sched­uled to de­ter­mine cause of death and to learn whether he could have had a chance to be saved if some­one had come along ear­lier and found him on a path that goes from a res­i­den­tial street to the area of South­down Rd., just north of Lake Shore Blvd., in Mis­sis­sauga.

The mo­tive for this crime wasn’t talked about, nor po­ten­tial the­o­ries.

But the killing isn’t thought to be ran­dom.

White told the Sun it’s con­sid­ered to be a “safe” neigh­bour­hood.

That said, the boy’s fam­ily home is just 50 me­tres from a gas sta­tion where an at­ten­dant was mur­dered sev­eral years ago.

“Po­lice be­lieve this is an iso­lated in­ci­dent and have as­sured us there are no ad­di­tional safety pre­cau­tions needed at our school,” the high school said in a let­ter sent home with stu­dents for their par­ents.

Yet an­other young per­son is dead over very lit­tle. It’s out­ra­geous.

Stay tuned be­cause Peel po­lice are all over this one and who­ever is be­hind it has to be feel­ing the heat that’s com­ing their way.

ERNEST DOROSZUK/TORONTO SUN

ERNEST DOROSZUK/TORONTO SUN PHO­TOS

A po­lice of­fi­cer goes in and out of a house near Meadow Park, where the body of mur­dered 14 year old boy was found near Tr­us­cott Dr. and South­down Rd. — in in Mis­sis­sauga yesterday. Top, foren­sics of­fi­cers walk through the park

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