TORONTO — A 17-year-old youth is facing a second-degree murder charge in connection with the fatal stabbing of another teen who police say intervened in a fight at a Toronto high school.
Police say officers called to North Albion Collegiate Institute in the city’s northwest during the noon hour Tuesday found 19-year-old Hamid Aminzada with no vital signs.
He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died in hospital.
The 17-year-old —who cannot be identified under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act — was later arrested and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
Police allege there was an ongoing dispute between two students, which led to a confrontation in a school hallway.
They say when another student intervened “to defuse the situation,” he was stabbed.
Aminzada, who was born in Pakistan and arrived in Canada with his family about two years ago, was described as a “very kind young man” whose death left the high school “heartbroken” as students and staff struggled to cope with his death.
“This is a very nice and kind young man. It’s heartbreaking for us because all we’ve seen from him is just being respectful,” said school principal Naeem Siddiq.
“It’s a very sad story for us as he was quite focused on his family and his future. There’s no indication of this young man in any way being involved in anything negative and it’s just a tragic loss for us.”
Siddiq said Aminzada had been a “very active student” in the school’s English as a Second Language program and was well known to teachers and students.