Police Chief Frank Bergen called the event a “Canada Day celebration gone wrong”, saying the dispute appears to be related to a disagreement over a sports competition. “It looks like they went out on the basketball court and had some disagreements and some fallout from that game,” Bergen told 900 CHML’s Good Morning Hamilton. “It looks like they went out to the basketball court.” “Because of that, I ended up having this unfortunate encounter with two cousins.”
Investigators say a family member of the victim fatally stabbed the child, who was 16, while the family was together. After a fatal stabbing at East Mountain in Hamilton, police have charged a 22-year-old man with first-degree murder. The incident is believed to have been associated with some rage resulting from a basketball game.
Police say the suspect, Laureano Bistoyong, was discovered Monday morning inside a vehicle a few miles from the crime scene. “The vehicle did not belong to the suspect, so a member of the community called the person,” Homicide Sgt. Sara Beck said after Bistoyong was arrested around 10 a.m. on Monday morning. Just after 10 p.m. Sunday evening, officers were dispatched to a residence on Cadham Boulevard near Rymal and Upper Gauge in response to multiple 911 calls.
According to her, the allegation of first-degree assault was filed after several interviews with witnesses. The identity of the deceased will not be released at this time at the insistence of the victim’s family. According to Bergen’s explanation, “Victim Services (will) play a key role in managing this family going forward, right down to helping prepare for the main court and being able to understand the impact of a trial”.