Two teens charged with first-degree murder of St. Catharines man


Published February 4, 2023 at 6:29 pm

This image of the suspects was taken August 26, 2022 at 11:38 pm. (Photo: Niagara Regional Police)

Niagara Regional Police have charged two teenagers with first-degree murder following the death of a St. Catharines man last summer.

At 1:30 a.m. on August 27, 2022, officers responded to a man in medical distress in the area of Queenston Street and Riordon Street in St. Catharines.

31-year-old local resident Raymond “Ray” Riley was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on September 8, 2022.

Investigators from Niagara police’s Homicide Unit concluded that Riley was attacked and assaulted prior to being found injured, and released photos of the two suspects, both males in their teens.

On Friday, February 3, 2023, a 16-year-old male from St. Catharines was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

The second suspect, also a 16-year-old male from St. Catharines, surrendered to police today (Feb. 4) and was charged with first-degree murder.

The motive for the attack has not been made clear at this time.

Both suspects were held in custody pending a bail hearing via video link to the John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton. Their identities are protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The investigation is ongoing.

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