Mourners and therapy dogs will be placed at two Mississauga schools on Monday to help teens deal with the death of a 14-year-old classmate.
Riley Driver-Martin was found dead with "obvious signs of trauma" near a Mississauga park last Friday. Two brothers, both in their twenties, were charged with second-degree murder in the alleged murder.
The park where Driver-Martin's body was discovered is not far from the Clarkson Secondary School, where the teenager attended classes and Hillside Public School.
"We know when there is such a violent death in the community that it can have a tremendous impact on the well-being of those who live here," said Carla Pereira, a spokeswoman for the Peel District School Council.
Classes are scheduled as usual at Clarkson and Hillside schools, but a memorial table is set up in the library for students and teachers to share their condolences with the Driver-Martin family.
"We can not expect employees and students not to be affected and they can continue with their normal school day," Pereira told CBC Toronto.
In a letter to students, Clarkson's principal, Mary Zammit, said, "Following normal routines in difficult times can help healing."
We have support: students and amp; Staff who would like to speak with a counselor / social worker during the school day can do so. We have too @SJAPeel therapy dogs.
Our thoughts continue to be with the family of Riley & friends right now. amigos
Driver-Martin's death marks the 25th Peel Region homicide in 2018. The teenager is the youngest victim in the region this year, but little is known about his cause of death.
Driver Martin left home Thursday night. Officers discovered his body in a lane near Meadow Park in the Truscott Drive and Southdown Road area shortly before 8 am on Friday.
The high school student was not reported missing and it is unclear why he left his home, Peel Regional Police said.
Spokesperson Const. Iryna Yashnyk declined to comment on the nature of Driver-Martin's injuries or how he was killed.
A teenage vigil is scheduled for tonight at the Clarkson Community Center and Library.