Vincentian youth stabbed to death in Montreal
March 25, 2011
Vincentian youth stabbed to death in Montreal

An 18-year-old Vincentian man was stabbed to death on the evening of March 22, 2011, in Montreal, Canada.{{more}}

Joshua Williams, who migrated with his mother to Montreal from St. Vincent in 2006, was involved in an altercation in the underground parking lot of the Plaza Cote des Neiges shopping mall in Montreal.

According to Montreal police, Williams got into an argument with two other individuals about 6:30 p.m., that quickly degenerated into a fight. One young man pulled out a knife and stabbed Williams. The attacker is said to have fled the scene on foot, while the other man remained. He was questioned by police but was not arrested. Williams was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but died overnight.

At press time, police were still looking for the third person, described as a black man in his 20s, as well as any witnesses.

Global Montreal reported that the parking lot where the incident took place is poorly lit and has no surveillance cameras.

Joshua is the son of retired agriculturalist Dr Basil Williams of New Montrose and Jeannine James-Williams, formerly of Chateaubelair, Indian Bay and Kingstown Hill.

The young man was a former student of the Windsor Primary School and the St. Vincent Grammar School.

Sources close to Williams family say that Joshua was trying to break up a fight between one of his friends and another individual when he was stabbed.

Williams’ killing brings the number of homicides in Montreal in 2011 to 10, four more than at this point in 2010.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Info Crime tip line, at 514 393 1133. All calls are confidential.