Eight teenage girls who met through social media were charged with the murder of a homeless man in Toronto on Sunday, police said.
The gang of three 13-year-olds, three 14-year-olds and two 16-year-olds ambushed their 59-year-old victim just after midnight on December 18 in a plaza near the main train station, the Toronto Police Service announced.
Passers-by who saw the girls stab the man on York Street and University Avenue waved to the emergency services, who took the victim to a nearby hospital. The victim, who had been inside the city’s shelter system for several weeks, died from his injuries, Detective Sergeant Terry Browne said at a news conference Tuesday.
The teenagers were found near the crime scene with a “number of guns,” Browne revealed.
The group of girls, whose identities are protected by Canada’s juvenile justice system, may have gone out with intent to cause trouble. Police said the teenagers were involved in another altercation about two hours before they allegedly killed the homeless man.
“What they allegedly experienced that evening would be consistent with what we traditionally refer to as crushing or crushing behavior,” Browne said.
Three of the teens have a history with the police, Browne said.
The girls live in different parts of Toronto and met through social media, although police don’t yet know how long they’ve known each other. Officials are still investigating why they met in the area and what their plans for the evening may have been.
All eight girls were charged with second-degree murder. They have been remanded in custody and are expected to reappear at the end of the month.
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