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Karim Meskine's mother: My son wouldn't even start an argument

01/10/2014 01:20 EST | Updated 03/11/2014 05:59 EDT
The mother of Karim Meskine, the B.C. youth who police say was beaten to death with a baseball bat in an unprovoked attack in December, has spoken publicly about her son for the first time.

Meskine, 19, was attacked blocks from the 22nd Street SkyTrain station in New Westminster and was found unconscious by a passerby. He spent his final days in a coma before he was taken off life-support.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with second-degree murder over Meskine's death. A bail hearing for the accused has been put over to Friday.

Meskine's mother Julie was at the accused youth's bail hearing and spoke publicly for the first time about her son.

"He would be person who would always want to help somebody in need, no matter, you know, where they're from," said Julie.

She said her son was a pacifist of sorts, and even shied away from conflict on the soccer pitch, where he loved to play.

"He just got up and left. And people were asking him, 'Why don't you come back and play?' And he would say, 'That is okay, I don't want to play any more.'  He wouldn't even start an argument talking about why is he leaving."

Meskine also helped care for his autistic brother, said Julie.

"He would let nobody, you know, make his brother feel inferior. And he would be really proud, you know, to show his brother everywhere with him."

Julie says her family is now just trying to get through each day without Meskine.

"Try to help others.  Try to, you know, do something good with something bad that happened, and prevent for that not to happen again to anybody else. That's what we can do.

"He would be person who would always want to help somebody in need, no matter, you know, where they're from."

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