WARMINGTON: Cop calls slaying of Mississauga boy, 14, ‘senseless’

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

He is said to have not been involved in anything that would lead to him be murdered.

But that is 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 Ct. — just 200 metres from his family’s Truscott Dr. home.

He is 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.

Peel Regional Police at Meadow Park, near Truscott Dr. in Mississauga, Ont., where a 14-year-old boy was found slain on Friday December 7, 2018. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/Postmedia)

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 discovered face down in a pool of blood.

Homicide detectives are keeping their cards close to their chest. But the Sun has learned they are looking for more than one suspects in this case.

Whether the suspects are male or female is not known. 

Peel Homicide uses the cluster investigative system, which means you can run but it will not 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 did not say it but I can translate for the suspects if they don’t understand what is 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 have yet to release the victim’s identify, but students who attended school with him at Clarkson Secondary said it was Riley Driver-Martin who was found and it was his house the police were inside talking to his devastated parents.

A Peel Regional Police officer leaves a home near Meadow Park in Mississauga, Ont., after a 14-year-old boy was found slain on Friday December 7, 2018. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/Postmedia)

“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 or not 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 has not been talked about so far, nor have potential theories.

But the killing is not thought to be random.

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

That said, the boy’s family home is just 50 meters 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 is outrageous.

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

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