Police charge 4th teen with murder in stabbing outside Halifax mall

Halifax police have charged a fourth teen with murder in the death of 16-year-old Ahmad Al Marrach, who was fatally stabbed last week outside the Halifax Shopping Centre.

Police said in a news release Thursday that a 16-year-old was arrested Wednesday and is scheduled to appear in youth court on a charge of second-degree murder.

Two 14-year-olds were charged with second-degree murder in the days after Al Marrach’s death, and a third teen, who is 16, was charged earlier this week. All three remain in custody and are scheduled to return to court May 13.

Both 16-year-olds were initially arrested by officers on a Halifax Transit bus about 20 minutes after police were called to the scene of Al Marrach’s stabbing in a mall parkade shortly after 5 pm on April 22.

The pair were released by police without charge, but were arrested again this week.

Al Marrach was a student at Citadel High School in central Halifax. He came to Canada eight years ago with his family, who were refugees from Syria.

The identities of all the accused are banned from publication due to their ages.