MONTREAL – A 16-year-old boy has been charged with stabbing another teenager to death outside his school on Monday.

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In a news release issued in the afternoon on Friday, police confirmed that they had arrested a youth, four days after the violent incident.

The suspect appeared at the Montreal Courthouse Friday afternoon, where prosecutors said he would seek an adult sentence. Crown prosecutors objected to his release. The teenager returned to the court on Tuesday to fix a date for hearing on bail.


His identity has not been revealed as he is a minor.

16-year-old Janai Dopwell-Bailey was stabbed to death in broad daylight in the parking lot of Program Mile End School on Van Horn Avenue in the city’s Cte-des-Neiges neighborhood.

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He went inside the school to seek help after the 3 pm attack and later died in the hospital.

Police said the attack began as a fight between a group of boys outside a nearby recreation center and spread to the school’s parking lot. Friends of Dopwell-Bailey told Granthshala that violence between the two groups of boys has been on the rise for months.

News of the arrest comes on the same day that family and friends are expected to gather by candlelight to remember Dopwell-Bailey at the very spot where he was killed.

The victim’s mother, Charla Dopwell, her family and her supporters are expected to gather there at 6 pm

‘That’s just a memory’

While news of the arrest brings the family closer to getting some justice, Dopwell said it does little to heal her broken heart over the loss of her son.

“It won’t help me in my misery. I’m glad they arrested someone, but I don’t think it would help with grief because if they arrested him, [my] The son will not come back to me,” she said.

“He’s just a memory. He can’t come back to me. I’m very, very broken.”

Dopwell does not know the man arrested in the murder of his son. He said the police called on Thursday around 11 pm to inform him that they had someone who was in custody. “I am

She said that her son was very “well-behaved” and “respected”, who had a lot to look forward to in his future.

“It’s a brutal, gruesome murder for a small 16-year-old who had given his whole life to look forward to and was suddenly taken away from him,” she said.

“My son was a good man and a loving person.”

He said that what has helped him in his grief is the support from the community. She has sent phone calls and text messages to loved ones in New York and St. Vincent in the Caribbean, expressing their condolences.

While the family awaits news of the arrest this week, videos of the victim making fun of the stabbing victim went viral on social media.

In one video, a masked man, nicknamed Tweezy, was seen holding a knife while addressing the victim.

Police said on Tuesday that they were aware of the videos, but could not confirm that the people depicted in them were involved in the deadly attack.

The investigation into Dopwell-Bailey’s death is ongoing, according to police, who say the public’s cooperation is “important.”

Anyone with information about the murder may contact Info-Crime Montreal anonymously at 514 393-1133 or fill out the report form available at

– With files from Stéphane Giroux of Granthshala Montreal