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(Posted 12 p.m., April 15)
Gloucester student stabbed to death in Jasmine Crescent stairwell
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Gloucester High School student Connor Stevenson is the second homicide victim in Ottawa in 2015. Facebook photo

An 18-year-old Gloucester High School is the second homicide victim in Ottawa in 2015.

Connor Stevenson was found with multiple stab wounds in a stairwell at 2020 Jasmine Cres. at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. He was rushed to the Montfort Hospital before succumbing to his injuries.

Police cordoned off three floors in the high-rise building and were conducting interviews into the night. They have no suspects at this time.

According to sources, Stevenson was a resident of the building and grew up in nearby Pineview.

In a Facebook post, Stevenson's mother Laurie Beaudoin described her son as the best person she has ever known.

"I don't even know where to begin, my son Connor was murdered today and I wanted to tell everyone that he was the best person I have ever known."

A co-worker at Tim Hortons, also describes Stevenson as a peaceful guy who was very respecful of others.

"He was a good guy and so much fun to work with. He always had a way to make people laugh," wrote Cora DeHaan.

Stevenson was a well-liked student at Gloucester High School where he was a member of the school rugby team.

The Ottawa District School Board has assigned a number of grief counsellors to the school to help students and staff deal with Stevenson's murder.

This is the third stabbing death of an Ottawa high school student in the last 13 years. Dapo Agoro was stabbed to death while trying to break up a fight at a downtown dance club in 2002 - he was a Grade 12 student at Lester B. Pearson High School - and 18-year-old St. Patrick High School student Brandon Volpi was stabbed to death in the early monring hours after attending his high school prom last June.

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