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Fourth youth charged with murder for killing 16-year-old outside Halifax shopping center

Halifax police have charged a fourth youth with second-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Ahmad Al Marrach.

Al Marrach died in hospital on April 22 after being found injured in a Halifax shopping center parking lot.

In a statement Wednesday, Halifax Regional Police said investigators arrested a 16-year-old who had been previously arrested and released the day Al Marrach died.

The young man was scheduled to appear in Halifax Youth Justice Court on Thursday to face a charge of second-degree murder.

Ahmad Al Marrach, 16, died in hospital following an incident in the car park of the Halifax shopping centre.

Police responded to a report of an injured person in the parking lot of the Halifax shopping center on April 22, 2024. The injured youth, who was later identified as 16-year-old Ahmad Al Marrach, was taken to hospital, where he later died.

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Two 14-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were charged with second-degree murder last Thursday and appeared in court on Friday, where their bond hearing was set for May 13.

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And another 16-year-old, who was also arrested and released the day of Al Marrach’s death, was arrested again on charges of second-degree murder on Monday.

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In an interview, Halifax Regional Police spokesperson Const. John MacLeod said police are not looking for additional suspects at this time.

However, he said they are investigating a complaint against people who identified the youths accused of murdering Al Marrach, which is illegal under the Juvenile Criminal Justice Law.

Al Marrach and his family arrived in Halifax in 2016 as Syrian refugees. Her parents told Global News that they struggled to find a place in their new country and that her children suffered violence in schools.

His father, Maher Al Marrach, said the family wants justice for their son.

“I want the person who killed my son to be tried as someone who has full consciousness and full cognitive abilities,” he said, speaking through an Arabic interpreter.

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