Girl, 15, charged with first-degree murder of teenaged Toronto boy

Caden Francis, 16, was shot on July 3

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A 15-year-old girl faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting of a teenaged boy in July.

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Toronto Police say Caden Francis, 16, was found suffering from serious gunshot wounds at 11 Antrim Cres., in the Kennedy Rd. and Hwy. 401 area, on July 3 around 6 p.m.

He was rushed to hospital, where he died.

On Wednesday at 12:35 p.m., a 15-year-old-girl was arrested and charged, cops say. She was to appear in Eglinton Ave. E. court on Thursday.

Her name was not released under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

In an interview with the Toronto Sun shortly after her son’s death, Caden’s mother, Ursular Francis, said his last words to her were “I’m going out.” She said she thought he had a date because of all the cologne.

Caden attended Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute and was enrolled in the Africentric curriculum.

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“The principal was saying that this is an ‘A’ student,” neighbour Natalie MacIntosh told the Sun in July.

“This kid was going to university. He wasn’t just going to college, he was going to university.  It’s just so sad.”

Police say the investigation is ongoing and ask anyone with information to call them at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).


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