Assault in Shippagan: 11-year-old boy dies of his injuries

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Aggression In Shippagan: an 11-year-old boy succumbs to his injuries

Lanterns and stuffed toys were left outside the family's home on Sunday in Shippagan.

Thomas Haché, 11, a boy from Shippagan, in the Acadian Peninsula in New Brunswick, succumbed Saturday evening to injuries sustained last Thursday during an assault. He died at the IWK Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

On November 3 in Shippagan, the child was struck in the back of the head, allegedly with a scooter by a 15-year-old teenager, Constable Stéphane Robichaud of the RCMP detachment in Caraquet said on Saturday. The gendarme then spoke of aggravated assault.

Thomas Haché

Young Thomas Haché was first hospitalized in Tracadie, New Brunswick, before be transferred to Halifax Children's Hospital. He was being treated for serious injuries, including a fractured skull, and was in a coma.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in New Brunswick said over the weekend that she was conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the child's death.

A police spokesman said on Sunday that he had few details to give, but confirmed that the young victim had died. The police did not want to specify if the alleged attacker was detained or if charges will be laid.

In the Acadian Peninsula, we are shaken by this death. For several days, citizens have been mobilizing to support the family of the boy who was fighting for his life. In particular, they launched a crowdfunding campaign.

Thomas was everywhere. Everyone knew him and everyone wanted to be with him, Jany Nowlan said on Sunday. Thomas was her children's cousin.

She can hardly believe that he will no longer be present. Thomas, it was a ball of energy.

“It was like a magnet, it attracted everybody.

— Jany Nowlan on Thomas Haché

He was loved by everyone, Ms. Nowlan said, listing all the activities he did. If Thomas was somewhere, you were sure to see two, three children around. He was never alone, the world came to him easily, he was so endearing. He laughed all the time.

The flags of New Brunswick, Canada and Acadia fly at half-mast on Sunday in front of Shippagan City Hall.

His family, his friends came before everything else. If someone had difficulty, right away, he went there. Like when the children lost their grandfather, he comforted them, she recalls.

It's not fair what happened. We don't blame anyone, but we would have liked it to happen otherwise, said Jany Nowlan.

This drama affects the community, said Sunday the mayor of Shippagan, Kassim Doumbia. Since the child was brought to the hospital, a wind of solidarity has been shown by the entire community, as much from Shippagan as elsewhere, towards the family.

“It's a drama that affects the whole community,” said Kassim Doumbia, the mayor of Shippagan.

Thomas Haché attended L'Envolée school in Shippagan. Specialists will be at the school from Monday morning to offer the appropriate help and psychological support to classmates and staff.

It is important to have a framework that allows people to be able to express themselves, to verbalize what they feel, said Mayor Kassim Doumbia. I also encourage parents to do this exercise at home before arriving at school, because the child today who is going through a situation, well I' hope the parent will listen, and can guide them in this as well. And tomorrow morning, specialists will be present at the school to offer this help.

L'Envolée school, in Shippagan.

Speakers will be also at Marie-Esther school in Shippagan, confirmed Sunday the director general of the District scolaire francophone Nord-Est, Marc Pelletier.

Your child may need to talk about it at home and may need your support in these difficult times. […] Allow him to verbalize what he feels. It may be difficult for you to find the words to talk to him. Attentive listening and expressions of affection often have more value than words in these painful circumstances, can we read in a note sent Sunday to the parents of students at L'Envolée school.

The mayor of Shippagan, Kassim Doumbia, thanked the entire community on Sunday for the outpouring of love for the Haché family.

Account given the circumstances of this death, Mr. Doumbia calls for benevolence in these moments of emotion, so that words do not exceed thoughts and that we are respectful of what families are going through at this time, says -il.

The flags were lowered in front of Shippagan City Hall.

We will find ways to be able to heal all together, wished the mayor.

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