(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Two males were arrested earlier this week, a 19-year-old Cody Echum (pictured) and a 14-year-old youth who cannot be named in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
The two suspects are believed to have gained entry into the home of an 18-year-old Austin and beat him with a baseball bat and a hammer. Sources indicate that Austin had just got his payout of a land claim settlement and the two suspects had intentions of robbing him for money.
The incident happened shortly before 3:00 in the 200 block of Syndicate Ave North. Residents in the area heard and witnessed a number of people fleeing from the home while screaming. Austin’s mother heard a bang and discovered him laying on the ground unresponsive. She called 911 immediately.
Numerous police cruisers along with paramedics responded to the scene and the 18-year-old Austin was transported to the emergency department of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre where he was not expected to live.
Earlier today, Austin was deemed brain dead, according to family. A significant announcement is expected tomorrow or the next day.
Echum and the youth were both charged with Aggravated Assault.
This is a developing story and we will continue to follow the information as it becomes available.
At the request of family and a TBPS investigator, certain details were omitted.