Teen boy among three dead after knife brawl in Montreal

A triple homicide investigation is underway after three people were killed in a violent brawl in Montreal.

Montreal police were called just after 7 p.m. Tuesday to a fight involving a large group of people in an alleyway off Mentana Street in the city’s Plateau-Mont-Royal borough.Three male victims — aged 15, 23 and 25 — were rushed to hospital in critical condition with what police described as serious stab wounds. Police later confirmed they died from their injuries.“There was an unfortunate event that was not premeditated,” Jean-Sébastien Caron, head of Montreal police’s major crimes division, said in an update Wednesday.

The youngest victim is “extremely young” to die in a street fight, he said.“I honestly don’t remember when we had a victim younger than 15,” Caron told reporters.At least 15 people were involved in what he described as a “conflict that devolved.” The fight — which Caron called a “chance event” — was not linked to organized crime or gang activity, he added.“For sure the persons knew each other but we don’t know exactly what the conflict was about,” Caron said.

No arrests have been made, but Caron said investigators have identified a few of the suspects.Police are still canvassing the neighbourhood, gathering video evidence and searching for people involved in the fight. Caron said authorities are also speaking to witnesses — many of whom aren’t cooperative.A command post was put up on Rachel Street near the site of the incident. Rachel was closed between avenue Christophe-Colomb Avenue and St-André Street.

The deaths are the city’s 14th, 15th and 16th homicides of 2024.

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