Côte-des-Neiges-NDG comes to the aid of the family of Jannai Dopwell-Bailey
Borough of Côte-des-Neiges- Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN-NDG) voted unanimously, during the borough council, for a motion to “urge” the organization Compensation for victims of criminal acts (IVAC) to bring the Psychosocial support needed by Jannai Dowell-Bailey's family.
On October 18, Jannai Dopwell-Bailey, a 16-year-old young man, was stabbed as he was leaving his school in the CDN-NDG borough.
The incident took place in the intersection of Van Horne and Victoria avenues. He was then taken to hospital where he died of his injuries. Two suspects have been charged with second degree murder.
The motion put forward by Mayor Gracia Kasoki Katahwa and City Councilor for Snowdon District Sonny Moroz aims to highlight the need for psychosocial services that the victim's family has the right and needs.
“The Dowell-Bailey family is failing to get the psychosocial support they are entitled to from criminal injuries compensation,” said Gracia Kasoki Katahwa. It is important to reaffirm the borough council's support for the family in this ordeal.”
Sonny Moroz explained that according to a report, Jannai Dopwell-Bailey was falsely identified in an article as member of a gang, which would have prevented his family from accessing certain services.
The elected officials of the borough also declared that they wanted to follow up with the provincial government to ensure that the family of the victim receives the necessary services.
Sonny Moroz also reiterated, through an amendment, the importance of organizations that work for and are impacted by the violence committed and suffered by young people.