'Violence on transit is not normal': While Ford offers sympathy for teen stabbed in Toronto subway station, residents demand action

Premier Ford says his 'heart breaks' for the family of teen Gabriel Magalhaes, but many wonder why this keeps happening

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Politicians, advocates, and residents are speaking out after a 16-year-old teen was stabbed fatally in an "unprovoked" attack at a Toronto subway station Saturday night.

It is alleged that the victim, identified as Gabriel Magalhaes, of Toronto, was sitting on a bench in the station's lower level when the suspect approached and stabbed him without provocation.

Police say they were called to the west-end Keele TTC station around 9 p.m. with reports of a stabbing. An adult male, identified as a 22-year-old Jordan O'Brien-Tobin, was arrested and charged with first-degree-murder.

Politicians speak out

On Monday morning, many politicians, including Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, spoke out against the attack on Twitter.

"My heart breaks for the family and friends mourning the loss of Gabriel Magalhaes. A son and brother, his life ended far too soon," Ford said in his tweet. "This was a senseless and unprovoked murder that cannot be tolerated. Everyone in Toronto and Ontario deserves to feel safe in their community."

Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre also offered his condolences to the family of the teenage and called the recent attacks on the TTC trains a "growing epidemic".

"My deepest condolences to the family of Gabriel Magalhaes, a 16-year-old boy who was murdered, unprovoked, on a TTC subway. We must put an end to the growing epidemic of violent crime in this country," Poilievre said.

Canadian politician Brad Bradford also spoke out agains the violence and urged the government to take "real action".

"The TTC already has $15 million from the reserve fund for safety measures, yet are only using 10% of it. We need to see real action on this. Now," Bradford wrote.

MP Marco Mendicino also promised to work with the City to ensure everyone feels "safe on public transit".

A memorial was held at Keele station on Monday for the teen killed in the unprovoked attack. According to City News journalist Richard Southern, protests were also scheduled today against TTC service cuts.

Residents speak out