Eight teenage girls charged in death of 59-year-old Toronto man: police


TORONTO — Eight teenage girls each face a charge of second-degree murder in the “swarming” death of a 59-year-old man who lived in Toronto’s shelter system, police said Tuesday.

Det.-Sgt. Terry Browne said the girls, who range in age from 13 to 16, met on social media and congregated on Saturday night in the city’s downtown core, where they were allegedly involved in two fights.

The second fight sent the man, whose name has not been released, to hospital early Sunday morning with life-threatening injuries. Police said he was later pronounced dead.

Browne said three of the girls had previous interactions with police, while the other five did not. He said three of the girls were 13, three were 14 and two were 16.

“We don’t know how or why they met on that evening, and why the destination was downtown Toronto. We don’t know,” he said. “We don’t know how long have they been acquainted … but I wouldn’t describe them as a gang at this point. But what they are alleged to have occurred that evening would be consistent with what we traditionally call a swarming.”

He said officers recovered weapons nearby, but declined to say what those weapons were. A police press release said the man had been stabbed.

Browne said the man had moved into the city’s shelter system in recent months, and had a supportive family who lived nearby.

“I wouldn’t necessarily call him homeless — maybe just recently on some hard luck,” Browne said.

The eight accused appeared in court on Sunday morning, and are due back next week. Their identities cannot be released under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Police are asking anyone who may have come into contact with the girls on Saturday night to come forward.



  1. eight teenage girls meet up on tiktok or some social media platform – never met each other before – they plan to meet up and wander downtown Toronto with weapons, looking to murder a random homeless person for a social media challenge.

    now we’re seeing the usual media BS smoke and mirrors… a new “witness” is suddenly the focus of media attention, that these girls were looking to steal a homeless woman’s liquor bottle, it was a random mugging that went out of control. yeah right.

    psychotic children poorly raised in a culture without any consequence conducted a premeditated mob murder.

    what do you want to bet that after enough runny mascara and “women are wonderful” effect in court, these thugs will be all free by age 18 and without any records to speak of by late 20’s?

    we better go after a sask farmer’s single shot bolt action.

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