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Family of slain Mississauga teen calls for justice

Last Updated Jan 9, 2019 at 2:07 pm EDT

Family of slain Mississauga teen Riley Driver-Martin gathers outside a courthouse in Brampton, Ont., where accused murderer Mark Mahabir appeared on Jan. 9, 2018. CITYNEWS

One of two 20-year-old brothers charged in the murder of a Mississauga teenager appeared in court Wednesday morning.

Family and friends of victim Riley Driver-Martin were on hand as Mark Mahabir attended the Brampton courthouse and heckled him as he left.

“What could a 14-year-old possibly do in order for you to have to kill them?” said Riley’s grandmother Sarah Martin. “It’s just incomprehensible. Our family is broken.

“We will not rest until we have justice for Riley. We will be at every court date. We will be at every trial date. And we will not rest until we see justice.”


Both Mahabir and his brother Nicholas Mahabir, who appeared in court Monday via video, face second-degree murder charges in Riley’s death. The 14-year-old’s body was found in Meadow Park, near Truscott Drive and Southdown Road, not far from his school on Dec. 7.

“(Christmas) was extremely hard,” said Martin. “We didn’t even celebrate Christmas because how can you celebrate when you’re missing a part of your heart? He was the heart and soul of our family, and he’s gone and we will never have him back. We’re broken. The family is broken.”

Police have not released a cause of death nor how the victim and the accused may have known each other.

Mark Mahabir is due back in court on Jan. 29. Nicholas Mahabir’s case has been put over until February.


Related links:

Mahabir brothers accused in murdering Mississauga teen have case put over

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