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A 16-year-old teenager has been charged with second degree murder of a Port Alberni man that occurred on March 27th, 2021.

RCMP confirmed they had made an arrest in the homicide of 20-year-old Clifton Alec Johnston in April of last year, however, charges couldn’t be laid until results from a forensic laboratory came back.

“Investigators have been working on this investigation continuously for nearly 10 months, awaiting Forensic Laboratory results and completing the significant disclosure these investigations require for charge approval,” read a media release from Port Alberni RCMP.

On March 27th, Johnston’s body was discovered in the grass in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Centre.

RCMP confirmed he had been stabbed multiple times.

On March 31st, officers arrested a 16-year-old man in connection with the homicide. His name cannot be released because he is a youth.

“This is believed to be an isolated incident where the suspect and victim were known to each other,” said Eric Rochette, Detachment Commander Inspector for the RCMP in a media statement last year.

“The result couldn’t have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of the Port Alberni General Investigations Section, Forensic Identification Section, Crime Reduction Unit, other supporting investigators and the community,” Rochette said in a statement today.

No further details were released.

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