Two boys, 9 and 12 years previous, have been found dead late final night time in Brampton, Ont., after Peel Region officers have been dispatched to a home in a quiet residential neighbourhood.
The name got here from somebody contained in the residence on Hiberton Crescent, mentioned Const. Heather Cannon at a Thursday morning information convention on the scene.
Cannon declined to touch upon how the boys might have died or if there have been any apparent indicators of bodily trauma when officers arrived shortly after 11 p.m. ET Wednesday.
Neighbours mentioned that two boys, Jonathan Bastidas, 12, and Nicholas Bastidas, 9, lived in the home with their mom, father and aunt.
One native resident mentioned he noticed two adults being led out of the home in handcuffs.
Peel police’s murder unit has taken over the investigation. They haven’t confirmed the identification of the victims.
Officers spent Thursday morning talking with “occupants” who have been in the home when police arrived, Cannon mentioned.
“As far as the relationship to the boys and who were in the house, we’re not speaking to that at this point because it’s still early on and we’re trying to maintain the integrity of the investigation,” she added.
Investigators are nonetheless attempting to piece collectively “the actual circumstances of what transpired” contained in the home, Cannon mentioned.
Police are anticipated to offer one other replace later Thursday.
Multiple neighbours instructed CBC News that Nicholas and Jonathan attended close by St. Bonaventure Catholic School.
Nina Deabreu, an space resident, mentioned the boys favored to play soccer collectively on the faculty, she instructed reporters.
“This is terrible,” she mentioned.
Deabreu described the Bastidas as a pleasant household, and mentioned she by no means heard of any points coming from the home.
On Thursday morning, she went outdoors in the chilly moist snow to see what was taking place as police cruisers lined the road. She mentioned the information that two boys have been dead left her “in shock.”
Zameena Hamid, who lives down the road from the Bastidas household, was awake when police and paramedics arrived to the home.
She mentioned she would usually communicate with the “outgoing” household as they went for walks in the night.
Hamid referred to as the brothers “nice, happy kids” with a mischievous aspect.
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown referred to as the scenario “heart breaking.”
“If this is indeed a case, domestic or familial related homicides, it is unfathomable,” Brown mentioned on Twitter.
“As a parent, I just can’t comprehend this. The crisis that led to this is yet unknown. But our whole community is grieving.”
Police mentioned the incident marked Peel Region’s 24th and 25th homicides this 12 months.
Anyone with doubtlessly invaluable data is requested to contact the Peel police murder unit or go away an nameless tip with Crime Stoppers.