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

If that headline stunned you, you're not alone.

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.

 

The accused are all under 18, and cannot be identified. Hard information in this case has so far been difficult to come by, and the media is fighting for more of it in court. In the meantime, what can we say about a crime with so little precedent?

 

GUEST: Jennifer Pagliaro, crime reporter, The Toronto Star

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