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Student knifed to death outside his Oshawa high school

'Good kid' murdered

By TAMARA CHERRY, Toronto Sun

Last Updated: March 31, 2010 8:48am


Oshawa student and football player Michael "Biggie" MacDonald Jr. was slain at a bus stop near his high school Tuesday afternoon.
Oshawa student and football player Michael "Biggie" MacDonald Jr. was slain at a bus stop near his high school Tuesday afternoon.

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A Grade 11 student slain outside his school Tuesday was remembered as a friendly athlete whose only enemy was the young man accused of killing him.

It was about 2:15 p.m. when what police called "an ongoing dispute" between two students came to a head at a bus stop across the street from Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School at Stevenson and Rossland Rds.

While police said it wasn't clear whether one of the two students involved instigated the fight that broke out, witness Samantha Passero said the dispute was "mutual."

It wasn't long before 16-year-old Michael "Biggie" MacDonald Jr. -- a star football player who was to go with his mom for his G1 licence on Thursday -- collapsed with stab wounds near the bus stop on the southwest corner of the intersection. He died in hospital before his parents had a chance to say goodbye.

An 18-year-old classmate was arrested nearby "within minutes" and was expected to appear in court Wednesday morning, Durham Regional Police spokesman Dave Selby said.

Rhonda Corby remembered her only child as "a great son, happy, lots of friends, love of my life, everything I ever wanted."

The 6-foot-1, 280-pound football player who was to turn 17 on April 23 was loved by kids in his neighbourhood and well known around the Northview Community Centre where he played basketball, Corby said.

The "good kid" had dreams of getting a football scholarship, his father and namesake Michael MacDonald said after driving in from Cambridge where he said he maintained a good relationship with his son.

"No more tears. I can't cry anymore," he said.

Corby said she was aware of the dispute her son had with the accused, but was asked by police not to comment on it.

"Where do we go from here?" she said, standing across the street from a make-shift memorial adorned with a picture of her son, a burning candle and flowers. "I never thought this would be me."

Passero described her friend as the type of kid "to never start a fight, never have problems with anyone."

The young man accused of killing him was "the one person, the only person he had problems with," Passero said. "Teachers at this school, he was friends with."

Asked about the ongoing dispute between the pair, Passero said "there was nothing that really started the fight" and there was nothing in their troubled relationship that anyone thought would leave one of them dead.

"He would have helped anyone with anything," she said of MacDonald.

According to a source, the man accused of killing MacDonald had been suspended from school because of an earlier altercation.

Durham Catholic District School Board spokesman Darlene Rich said this was the first homicide for the school board, but added of the violence, "I don't think it's anything unique to the Durham Catholic School Board."

At about 9:30 p.m. more than a dozen teens gathered at the bus stop where MacDonald died, many crying and hugging each other.

By this morning, more than 1,500 people had signed-up to a Facebook page dedicated to MacDonald's memory.


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  • What does it matter who started the dispute? There's a difference between a high school fight and killing someone with a knife. The suspect is 18, try him as an adult.

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  • With that said, RIP dude. It's always shitty when someone has to die so young for no reason. I hope that killer gets his balls strung up for bringing a knife to a fight.

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  • I remember making a post about the crime or problems in Canadian schools (I attended school in Canada) and people were bashing me saying that these things are lies and did not happen there.

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    • i'll have to agree with you... especially in southern ontario/ GTA where i am... i know this sounds predgidous or racist but what im about to say is just truth...

      Brampton, ontario now is predomiantly a brown town (Punjabs Indians etc...)

      I live in bolton ontario just north of brampton, which is mainly white.

      they were doing renovations to a high school in brampton so they sent some students to my town, i went to the catholic high school so didn't experience a lot of it first hand, but i have More..

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    • who the hell said that shit!he must be living in a dream world.school was probably the most violent period in my life.

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  • This is sad as hell, my condolences to his family. RIP.

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  • only cowerds carry knives

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    • Or someone that needs to defend himself agaisnt a larger attacker.

      Dont blame the tool, blame the criminal. He could just have easily used a hammer, baseball bat, or simply pushed the guy into busy traffic.

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    • any weapon for that matter. most kids are pussy's these days what ever happened to the good old fist fight?

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  • i saw this on facebook yesterday since i live in this area and have some friends in oshawa... oshawa is no fuckin good

    rip big man

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  • Half black? There has to be some TNB in here somewhere

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  • poor kid was 16...killer is 18...says their class mates......idiot with knife appears to be a flunky as well...
    R.I.P young man

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  • Why don;t they name and show the face of the suspect, it says he is 18?

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  • that really sux!
    I hope the perp gets unwanted anal sex allot in jail

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  • Why do they have a picture of a Sasquatch below the article?

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    • making fun of dead kids is real cool.

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    • bahaaaaaaaaaha that was funny. I don't buy that crap that he was a saint like they are trying to paint. He must of done something to really piss off the other guy. Either way both of them are idiots for letting it come to this. Jail needs to bring back hardtime instead of giving these jackasses a gym and a courtyard to play. Serving a sentence means paying society back not society paying to house these morons. Put them to work cleaning up the city picking up garbage or fixing hiways. That will c More..

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    • Get the facts before your say shit.
      This fight started off as an argument because mike owed TK 100 dollars, because next time you "do something to really piss off a guy" like owe them 100 bucks, I hope it gets you stabbed..

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    • shut the phuck up jackass. you need a good kick in the teeth. I don't give phuck what started it. I say hangem both and do the world a favor.

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