Charla Dopwell said her son, 16-year-old Jannai Dopwell-Bailey, was loving and caring. He died after a fight on Monday at his Montreal school and she wants those who killed him brought to justice.
Charla Dopwell was riding home on a Montreal bus Monday after working double shifts for five days straight when her phone rang.
It was the police. They told her to get off the bus and they’d pick her up. Her youngest son was hurt.
« They rushed me to the hospital. They said he was stabbed up and he is critical. And they said they were doing their best to help him, » Dopwell said.
An hour or two later, she was told he had died. Jannai Dopwell-Bailey was just 16 years old.
« I am hollow, » she said.
« My baby. They take him away from me. I love my baby very much. And I will be in pain for the rest of my life. »
Jannai was a student at Mile End high school, an alternative school in Montreal’s west end, located in the basement of another school, Coronation Elementary.
According to police, there was a fight outside involving a group of teens.
Police say the victim was stabbed in the upper body, went into the school for help and was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he later died.
Both schools cancelled classes Tuesday and a trauma team was sent to meet with staff and to assist students.
Montreal police are still looking for three suspects, and a spokesperson for the service said videos posted to social media after the attack will likely play a big part in the investigation.
Charla says the videos online just add to her pain, and the pain of Jannai’s siblings, aunts and the rest of his family.
Charla Dopwell says her son was loving and caring. Jannai Dopwell-Bailey died after being stabbed Monday. He was 16.
Jannai had dreadlocks and she used to warn him that the way he dressed might attract attention from police.
She said the police gave her a card, but haven’t spoken to her since. She questions the seemingly slow pace of the investigation, saying everybody is asking her if there have been any arrests. She says she doesn’t understand why it is taking so long, especially given the videos posted online.
Source: CBC Montreal
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