Posted: 1/2/2004 5:22:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/2/2004 5:25:07 PM EDT by 95thFoot]
Very sad. Welcome to suburban Ontario. Notice nobody asks: who shot him, or why he was shot, but: Why was there a gun in the house?....
Fri, January 2, 2004
Acton in shock
Neighbour: Why was gun in home where teen slain?
By JACK BOLAND, TORONTO SUN
ACTON -- The neighbour of a "great kid" who was shot to death Wednesday in an Acton home can't fathom why the firearm was there. "I can't understand what weapons are doing in homes," Pascal Levesque said yesterday. No stranger to guns -- Levesque's dad was a trapper in Val d'Or, Que. -- he said there's a place for guns in the woods where they're a tool but not in urban areas.
A 17-year-old Brampton youth has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Raymond Garry Getty, 15, of Acton.
Levesque and his wife Lannie remembered Getty as a "great kid" who helped his neighbours and loved playing hockey.
"Last year, he came over and even helped shovel our front walk without even asking us," Levesque said. "We tried to celebrate New Year's last night with friends, but I couldn't enjoy it because I kept thinking about the poor kid."
Getty's "family are basket cases right now -- they are pretty shaken up," said friend Ernest Arsenault.
"They can't grasp seeing Raymond playing ball hockey out here and then laying in a pool of blood (in there)."
On Wednesday around noon Halton Regional Police and paramedics were called to a home on Danville Ave. to find Getty suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was rushed to a nearby hospital in Georgetown but efforts to save him failed, Sgt. Val Hay said.
Arsenault said a group of boys had been playing street hockey when the 17-year-old, who lives in Brampton and was visiting his father at the Danville Ave. home, invited them into the house.
An 11-year-old who also went into the house at the time of the shooting ducked as the shot that hit Getty was fired, Arsenault said.
Yesterday as an autopsy was being performed on Getty at Hamilton General hospital, the suspect was being remanded into custody after appearing via video link in a Milton court.
He will be back in court today for a bail hearing.
Arsenault said he is going to set up a trust fund today for the family at Scotiabank to help with the cost of the funeral. "Whatever money is left over is going to be given to help out his family and four-year-old sister," Arsenault said.
Canadian eh? He don't speak for the majority of Canadians I'd wager.
French !!!!!! Canadian. Might still be warped after several generations.