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Canada Boys, ages 9 and 12, found dead in Brampton, Ont., home

20:20  07 november  2019
20:20  07 november  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Two boys, 9 and 12 years old, were found dead late last night in Brampton, Ont., after Peel Region officers were dispatched to a home in a quiet residential neighbourhood.

The call came from someone inside the residence on Hiberton Crescent, said Const. Heather Cannon at a Thursday morning news conference at the scene.

Cannon declined to comment on how the boys may have died or if there were any obvious signs of physical trauma when officers arrived shortly after 11 p.m. ET Wednesday. 

Neighbours said that two boys, Jonathan Bastidas, 12, and Nicholas Bastidas, 9, lived in the home with their mother, father and aunt. 

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One local resident said he saw two adults being led out of the house in handcuffs.

Peel police's homicide unit has taken over the investigation. They have not confirmed the identity of the victims.

Officers spent Thursday morning speaking with "occupants" who were in the home when police arrived, Cannon said. 

"As far as the relationship to the boys and who were in the house, we're not speaking to that at this point because it's still early on and we're trying to maintain the integrity of the investigation," she added.

a car parked on the side of a building: Police cordoned off a home in Brampton, Ont., overnight after two young brothers were found dead inside. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Police cordoned off a home in Brampton, Ont., overnight after two young brothers were found dead inside.

Investigators are still trying to piece together "the actual circumstances of what transpired" inside the home, Cannon said.

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Multiple neighbours told CBC News that Nicholas and Jonathan attended nearby St. Bonaventure Catholic School.

Nina Deabreu, an area resident, said the boys liked to play soccer together at the school, she told reporters.

"This is terrible," she said.

Deabreu described the Bastidas as a friendly family, and said she never heard of any issues coming from the home. 

On Thursday morning, she went outside in the cold wet snow to see what was happening as police cruisers lined the street. She said the news that two boys were dead left her "in shock."

a car covered in snow: Neighbours said that two boys lived in the home with their mother, father and aunt. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Neighbours said that two boys lived in the home with their mother, father and aunt.

Zameena Hamid, who lives down the street from the Bastidas family, was awake when police and paramedics arrived to the home.

She said she would often speak with the "outgoing" family as they went for walks in the evening.

Hamid called the brothers "nice, happy kids" with a mischievous side.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown called the situation "heart breaking."

"If this is indeed a case, domestic or familial related homicides, it is unfathomable," Brown said on Twitter.

"As a parent, I just can't comprehend this. The crisis that led to this is yet unknown. But our whole community is grieving."

Police said the incident marked Peel Region's 24th and 25th homicides this year.

Anyone with potentially valuable information is asked to contact the Peel police homicide unit or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers.

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