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Canada Mourners wear pink in stand against bullying at slain Hamilton teen's funeral

07:05  13 october  2019
07:05  13 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Devan Selvey, fatally stabbed at his Hamilton school, remembered as sweet, respectful teen

  Devan Selvey, fatally stabbed at his Hamilton school, remembered as sweet, respectful teen Devan Selvey's family describes him as shy, quiet boy who loved animals and hoped to become a mechanic someday. The 14-year-old was killed outside his Hamilton high school Monday.But he also suffered at the hands of bullies.

The teen was stabbed to death outside his school — and in front of his mother — on Monday afternoon. The family has asked those attending the funeral to wear pink to symbolize anti - bullying . Shari-Ann Bracci-Selvey says her son was the target of bullying since the second day of the school

HAMILTON — Family and friends will gather to mourn Devan Bracci-Selvey at the 14-year-old’ s funeral in Hamilton today. Shari-Ann Bracci-Selvey says her son was the target of bullying since the second day of the school year Two teens have been charged with first-degree murder in her son’ s death, a

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HAMILTON — Many mourners grew teary-eyed and wore pink in support of anti-bullying campaigns as they gathered Saturday for the funeral of a 14-year-old boy who was stabbed to death outside his school in Hamilton.

Devan Bracci-Selvey was killed on Monday in an attack that unfolded in front of his mother after what his family described as weeks of bullying. An obituary for the boy described him as a loyal friend with a passion for old cars, video games and animals.

Dozens of drivers in classic muscle cars and an anti-bullying motorcycle club came to take part in the funeral procession, donning pink bands on their vehicles in solidarity with bullying victims.

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The family has asked those attending the funeral to wear pink to symbolize anti - bullying . Shari-Ann Bracci-Selvey says her son was the target of bullying since the second day of the Two teens have been charged with first-degree murder in her son’ s death, a 14-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man.

HAMILTON -- Family and friends will gather to mourn Devan Bracci-Selvey at the 14-year-old' s funeral in Hamilton today. The teen was stabbed to death The family has asked those attending the funeral to wear pink to symbolize anti - bullying . Shari-Ann Bracci-Selvey says her son was the target of

A black hearse also had a pink ribbon tied to it as it carried the boy's casket away.

Craig Mcintyre, a member of the Black Hawks Motorcycle Club, said his anti-bullying group had been asked by the family to lead the procession.

"We're awful saddened by it," he said, offering his support to Devan's mother.

"I have a grandchild who's 13 years (old). He's been bullied too, and it's sad. I don't understand (how) this can go on."

A visitation was also held for Devan on Friday.

Two teens — an 18-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy — have been charged with first-degree murder in the case.

The identity of the adult suspect is protected by a publication ban, while the name of the 14-year-old cannot be released under the terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

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Family and friends will gather to mourn Devan Bracci-Selvey at the 14-year-old' s funeral in Hamilton on Saturday. The teen was stabbed to death outside his school — and in front of his mother — on Monday The family has asked those attending the funeral to wear pink to symbolize anti - bullying .

Anti - bullying messages abound as Hamilton police investigate what role bullying played in the Four teens were arrested in connection with the case and two of them have been charged with first-degree murder. At the candlelight vigil for Devan, supporters wore T-shirts with the words: “ Stand up.

While Hamilton police have been relatively quiet about the case, Det.-Sgt. Steve Berez did say they believe the 14-year-old suspect was the one wielding the knife.

He has also alleged there was "some element of pre-planning and premeditation."

Shari-Ann Bracci-Selvey told reporters Wednesday that her son's death came after a month of relentless bullying from fellow students at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, alleging Devan was failed by the systems meant to protect him.

The education director of Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board confirmed the school had received complaints about bullying against Devan, but did not provide details.

Manny Figueiredo said the board wil conduct a formal review of its Safe Schools practices when the police and school investigations are complete.

At the funeral Saturday, a mourner whose daughter goes to a nearby school said the incident makes her concerned for her child's safety.

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The friends and family of killed black teenager Michael Brown arrived at his funeral at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis on Monday, while other supporters gathered outside to pay their respects.

"I'm actually scared to send her to school," said Sherry Albanise, whose 16-year-old daughter went to elementary school with Devan but attended a different high school.

"This should not have happened ... They should have done something but they didn't."

Her daughter, Kelsey Albanise, said Devan was a shy but well-liked kid who loved to wear purple.

"I'm going to remember that he's a loving kid and that he doesn't deserve this," said Kelsey.

She was frustrated with the lack of action in Devan's case, saying that bullying was a big problem at the school.

"They reported it to the school many times and the school didn't do anything," she said.

"They just kept brushing it off like it didn't matter, but it mattered because something happened."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 12, 2019.

Salmaan Farooqui, The Canadian Press

2 accused in stabbing death of Hamilton teen Devan Bracci-Selvey make court appearance .
The two males — a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old — made appearances at Hamilton's John Sopinka Courthouse via video link.The two males — a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old — made brief appearances at Hamilton's John Sopinka Courthouse via video link from two different detention centres.

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