8 teen girls in Toronto are facing murder charges after an alleged swarming attack. What happened?

By The Big Story

In today’s Big Story, if that headline stunned you, you’re not alone. Even veteran police officials and crime reporters can’t recall a case like this one, in which eight teen girls ranging in age from 13 to 16 allegedly swarmed and attacked a homeless man, leading to his death from stab wounds. Police say there is an indication the group connected online and were involved in other altercations on the same night the attack took place.

Jennifer Pagliaro is a crime reporter at The Toronto Star, she joins us to discuss the few details of the case that have been made public, and the difficulty of reporting on a crime where details about the accused are protected by publication ban.

“Why they met up downtown, what was there purpose for being there given that they were allegedly involved in so many violent encounters?” she said, “those are open questions, and honestly, it’s baffling to me.”

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