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The victim of the homicide in North Cowichan on Monday morning has been identified by RCMP as a 17-year-old boy.

The incident occurred just after 1 a.m. Monday morning in the area of Lake Cowichan Road.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP received several reports of an assault with a weapon.

When officers arrived, they located two men outside of a residence. One of the men immediately surrendered to officers, while the 17-year-old boy was found suffering from life-threatening injuries.

The injured teen was taken to Cowichan District Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The victim was a resident of North Cowichan and investigators believe this was an isolated incident between the two individuals who were known to each other.

“For many in the community the thought of a 17-year-old being stabbed to death is incomprehensible,” says North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment’s commander Inspector Chris Bear.

“Investigators, victims service workers and grief counselors have been contacted and are working with those most affected by this tragic incident,” added Bear.

According to a media release from RCMP, the suspect who was not identified has since been released from custody without conditions.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Detachment at 250-748-5522.

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