Parents charged in 15-year-old girl's murder
National Post, by Katherine Laidlaw, June 15, 2010
The father and stepmother of a 15-year-old Brampton girl were arrested and charged with second-degree murder Tuesday, Peel Police said.
Police responded to a call Saturday morning and found Tiffany Gayle, 15, dead in her home on Savita Road in Brampton. She died from blunt force injuries, police said.
"In this incident, we waited for the post-mortem results [before making the arrests]. It indicated to us that the cause was blunt force trauma," said Constable George Tudos.
Fedrick Gayle, 42 and Tiffany's father, and Elizabeth Gayle, 43 and her stepmother, both of Brampton, are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice tomorrow to be formally charged with second-degree murder.
Next-door neighbours Tania Da Costa and Macele Frank said there had been no sign of trouble before the homicide.
Da Costa said Tiffany and her church-going father and step-mother were "were like the average normal family."
Of Tiffany, she added: "She was quiet. She kept to herself a lot. I never noticed any friends come over."
Macele Frank, who talked often with Fredrick, remembered Tiffany as "a nice, polite girl. A very nice girl." He said the family were good neighbours.
"What happened is tragic, that's all I can say."
Today, students at Tiffany's high school, Fletcher Meadow Secondary School, held a memorial for her.
- with files from Drew Halfnight