TORONTO – The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed to death at a Toronto high school says no one called her to tell her that her son was seriously injured and was being taken to the hospital.
11th grader Maahir Dosani was one of three teenagers injured in a stabbing outside Victoria Park Collegiate Academy in North York around 3pm on Tuesday.
He was found unconscious on the school grounds by police with a stab wound to the torso and taken to hospital with serious injuries.
At that time, Dosani’s mother did not know what had happened. She told CTV News Toronto that she became worried when her son didn’t pick up his phone after class.
“I tried to call him and he didn’t answer my phone, which is very, very unusual. He always answers his phone,” Muskaan Dosani said.
“I texted a friend of his saying ‘he’s in the hospital.'”
Muskaan didn’t know which hospital her son was being taken to, so she started calling patient lines and someone suggested she try going to Sunnybrook Hospital.
When she arrived at Sunnybrook around 6:30 p.m., she said she had been told her son had arrived with no vital signs.
“We didn’t get any calls from the hospital. No one called us,” she said.
Half an hour later, police confirmed on social media that Maahir was fighting his injuries.
“We’re still in shock,” Muskaan said, fighting back tears. “We could never have imagined that this would happen to my son because he’s such a good kid.”
According to his mother, this 11th grader is a sweet kid with dreams of becoming a dentist.
The Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB) superintendent of education reiterated Wednesday that Maahir “was a dedicated, respectful, and engaged student in the classroom.”
Colleen Russel-Rawlins said: “We know that Maahir has been going to school on a regular basis and has fully attended classes here in Victoria Park.
The TDSB confirmed that all three stabbing victims – a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy who were also found by police with non-life threatening stab wounds – were attending the Victoria Park Collegiate Institute.
Earlier, a student told CP24 that before the stabbing incident, there was a large group of students gathered outside the school.
“As soon as class was over, there were about 50 students standing around the school and then, about 20 or 15 minutes, they started fighting and then they ran away when someone fell to the floor,” the student said. “The ambulance came and that was it.”
Immediately after arriving at the scene, the police arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the incident. On Wednesday, investigators identified the suspect as Toronto resident Ahmed Rafin and said he was charged with second-degree murder.
The suspect is a former TDSB student, administrators confirmed, but did not attend the same school as the victim.
Police have not yet said whether the victim and suspect knew each other, and Muskaan told CTV News Toronto that she did not recognize the suspect’s name.
In a letter sent home to parents and guardians, the school’s principal said social workers and psychologists would be available Wednesday to provide support.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of a young man following a violent incident outside Victoria Park shortly after work today,” the letter, sent on Tuesday night, read.
“The TDSB will continue to work with the Toronto Police Department as needed throughout their investigation and would like to thank them and the Toronto Health Service for their support.”
The school said while police do not believe there is any other threat to the school or public safety, officers will be at the school grounds on Wednesday and will be ready to provide any Who can have information about what happened.
The Toronto Police Department’s Homicide Unit is also asking anyone with photos or video of the incident, or even the area before or after the stabbing, to contact investigators or covertly. with Crime Stoppers.
With files from CTV News Toronto Janice Golding