‘Sense of relief’ for family of slain teen after jury finds man guilty of murder

Family, friends and supporters met outside the Mile End High School in the Montreal’s Côte-des-Neiges district where 16 year-old Jannai Dopwell-Baley was attacked on Oct. 18, 2021 and later died.

“He wasn’t in a gang,” his mother Charla Dopwell said. “I raised my son from the day he was born until he was 16 years old and lost his life, and he was in school. He wasn’t in a gang.”

The teen was attacked after exiting the school and was declared dead shortly after in hospital. On Sunday, a jury found Andrei Donet guilty of second-degree murder in Dopwell-Bailey’s death.

In 2023, a minor — the other person charged in the killing — was also found guilty of second-degree murder.

According to witness testimony given during the trial that just concluded, Donet used pepper spray on Dopwell-Baily during the attack, and it was the minor who stabbed the victim repeatedly. The witness described the Dopwell-Bailey’s screams as a mix of pain and surprise.

During the trial, the jury saw surveillance video showing Dopwell-Bailey running back into the school after the assault. His mother, who was in the courtroom at the time, walked out in tears.

“Just seeing my son, his last moments,” she said Monday while standing near the spot where her son was attacked. “I’m seeing my son alive (on the screen) and I know he’s dead.”

Now, with Sunday’s verdict, she and other family members say they are starting to feel more hopeful.

“I feel a sense of relief that there was a guilty verdict,” Kevin George, Dopwell-Baily’s godfather and cousin told Media.

“There’s always that concern when there’s this type of crime that the perpetrators get off.”

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