HAMILTON, Ont. - Jesse Clarke’s parents say he was a good kid, but the 14-year-old had recently been hanging out with the wrong crowd and getting into trouble.
Now he’s gone — stabbed to death in a late-night brawl in Steeltown.
“We want everybody to know that Jesse was not just some kid who got stabbed on the street,” Katherine Lutz, the boy’s distraught stepmother, said Tuesday. “He was a very bright, intelligent child who had a lot of potential.”
Huddled next to her husband, Blair Clarke, on the front porch of their Gage Ave. N. home where they were surrounded by dozens of the teen’s young friends, the couple struggled to come to grips with the boy’s senseless slaying.
“He’s an angel now,” Lutz said, tears streaming down her cheeks.
Hamilton Police say a dozen or so youths, most of them 17 to 20 years old, became embroiled in a fight in the nearby area of Lincoln Ave. and Gordon St. just before 10 p.m. Monday.
Officers and paramedics responded and found Jesse suffering from a fatal stab wound.
“The young male was taken to hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead,” police said.
After interviewing witnesses and area residents, an arrest was made in the city’s sixth homicide of the year.