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