As the boys learned the basics of Chicago basketball dribbling while others were walking around the window, hundreds of people gathered outside the site on Monday night to recall a Mississauga teenager whose life was interrupted before he could realize his dream of becoming boxer.
Riley Driver-Martin was mentioned as a "cool kid" who "stood up for the little boy" by his peers, relatives and well-meaning men, who were running into a gloomy vigil that celebrated his life.
"She usually cared for everyone around her," said one of his friends for Riley, who loved fishing and barbecue, as the gatherers shared memories of the young murderer and the scar he left for his life. "Something like this should never happen to someone like him.
Numerous flowers were put on the site of a growing monument in honor of a 14-year-old boy whose lifeless body was discovered on Friday morning in Meadow Park near Southdown Rd. and Dr. Truscott, not far from his home.
Many of the guests were crying while others were looking for comfort by exchanging their hugs.
"At the end of the day I go back home and have no boy anymore," said Riley's father, C.J Martin.
"I hope that justice is done. My child will not be forgotten.
He thanked his friends and neighbors for what he called an "absolutely unbelievable" outburst of support.
"This is what a community should do when such a tragedy happens to people in the community," he told The Star shortly after talking to the crowd about his boy.
Mark Mahabir and his brother, Nicholas Mahabir, both of them in the age of 20, and Mississauga, were arrested on charges of second-degree murder.
Martin said the tragedy had robbed her son of the opportunity to enjoy his favorite sport.
"My son wanted to be a boxer and I got him into boxing," Martin said.
For many relatives, questions about what caused Riley's premature death still remain.
"What has he done so bad to take his life?" "said his uncle, Joseph Medley.
The monument was attended by Mayor Bonnie Crombie and several trustees at school councils.
Days after the murder, the "Martin-Martin" family is struggling to pay for the child's funeral, a family friend says.
"Riley's body was found lonely and cold early on the morning of December 7," writes Tierra Santa in a GoFundMe publication, taking money for the family.
"Everything he knew Riley said was a charming and polite young man with a golden heart, and his presence was very missed at the family table."
A boy found murdered in Mississauga on Friday morning, identified as Riley Martin, 14
Two brothers were accused of murdering a 14-year-old boy of Mississauga
Riley leaves her mother, a younger brother and a lot of friends and family who crack deep, added Santa Claus.
"No one can be prepared for the loss of a family member, but even more for a child, knowing that you will never be able to see, talk, hear or hold your child again, is unimaginable," says Santa Claus. "No amount of money can ease the pain that this family feels, but any monetary support will help alleviate some of the financial stress."
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