Riley Driver-Martin left his Mississauga home late Thursday night and never returned.
The 14-year-old’s dead body was found several hours later in Meadow Park, near Southdown Rd. and Truscott Dr., not far from his home Friday morning with obvious signs of trauma.
Three days after the brutal killing, the Driver-Martin family is struggling to pay for the child’s funeral, a family friend says.
“Riley’s body was found alone and cold early morning on December 7th,” Tierra Santa wrote in a GoFundMe post attempting to raise money for the family.
“All that knew Riley said he was a charming and polite young man with a heart of gold. His presence is greatly missed at the family table.”
Riley leaves his mom, younger brother and lots of friends and family who cared deeply for him, Santa added.
Mark Mahabir and his brother Nicholas Mahabir, both 20 and from Mississauga, have been charged with second degree murder. Police believe the homicide, the 25th in Peel this year, was an isolated incident.
“No one can be prepared for the loss of a family member, but even more so a child. Knowing you will never be able to see, speak to, hear from or hold your child again is unimaginable,” Santa wrote. “No amount of money can ease the pain this family is feeling, but any amount of monetary support would help to ease some of the financial stress.”
Meanwhile, the murder has shaken the Clarkson community. Driver-Martin was a Clarkson Secondary School student and councillors and staff were at the school Saturday morning for students and staff from Clarkson and Hillside Public School. The Peel District School Board has said classes will run as usual Monday, and support staff will be available for students and staff to speak to during the day.
There will be a memorial for Driver-Martin on Monday night at Clarkson Community Centre.