Published: Thu, October 10, 2019

Mother of slain Hamilton teen says ‘everyone’ failed her son

Mother of slain Hamilton teen says ‘everyone’ failed her son

A can of pepper spray was discovered near the scene of the crime, and police say it may serve as evidence in the case.

Hamilton police identified the slain teenager as Devan Selvey, a student at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in Hamilton, about 50 miles west of Niagara Falls.

She described her 14-year-old son as being a bit shy as he took time to open up to people. "I feel sad because he was really close to me and we were close friends and he was really innocent".

One day later, Hamilton police said the pair was "released unconditionally."

The attack was captured on video, police said, and they urged the remaining suspects who weren't in custody to turn themselves in because they would be caught.

The names of the perpetrators, who were arrested not far from the crime scene, can not be revealed per the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Sgt. Steve Bereziuk declined to offer many details about the death of Devan Selvey, who was stabbed Monday afternoon just outside his school as his mother looked on.

Selvey was stabbed outside the school Monday and rushed to hospital where he died a short time later.


"Can you imagine a mother watching her son die on the sidewalk?"

The victim's mother witnessed the assault, Det.

The vigil is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone with dashcam footage or video surveillance footage in the area is encouraged to come forward to police with any information that may be of interest.

In Tuesday's press conference, Bereziuk said he wouldn't speak to the possible relationship between the accused and the victim.

Mounted Hamilton Police officers patrol in front of Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, in Hamilton, Ont., on October 6, 2019.

The school and school board have said both are fully cooperating with the investigation. Alternatively, they can provide anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers or call their number at 1-800-222-8477.

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