Michael Menjivar was killed Monday after gunfire rang out in a field near Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School shortly after 12 p.m., where a group of teens had reportedly gathered to watch a fight. Zaid Yousif, 17, was also killed in the shooting.
Menjivar, a student at James Cardinal McGuigan High School, only ended up at the scene of the shooting after waking up late for school and tagging along with a friend, according to the teen’s uncle Roberto Menjivar.
“He did not deserve this. He had no involvement in anything that occurred,” Roberto Menjivar told CBC News.
“He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and he had to pay with his life ... He was the most wonderful kid you'll ever meet in your life — he loved everybody."
While it’s unclear what started the confrontation that allegedly took place between two groups of students from the schools, police said Tuesday it may have been initiated on social media and quickly escalated.
'We are supposed to be safe here'
Roberto Menjivar said Tuesday that his family has not yet heard from the Toronto District Catholic School Board directly, and that on Monday they only learned about Michael’s death from media reports.
“His parents had to be in the hospital, waiting for hours and hours to find out exactly what occurred … It’s such a shame that the media was able to find out before his own parents what was going on with him,” Roberto Menjivar said.
Despite their frustrations, they remain hopeful that those responsible for his nephew’s death will face justice.
“We have faith the cops will do what they have to do to ensure these people pay for what they have done, for the pain they have caused these families. It’s unjust.” he said.
“This is Canada, we are supposed to be safe here.”
Police are currently searching for multiple people they believe were involved in the shootings, and said Tuesday they may release security footage and image to assist in the search for those individuals.