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Mourners gather at candlelight vigil for Mississauga teen

Loved ones gathered in Mississauga Sunday night to remember an area teen who died last week as part of a case of murder-suicide.

Kiranjit Nijjar, 17, was found dead in a wooded ravine near Mississauga Secondary School at about 12:30 p.m. last Friday. Two hours earlier a 16-year-old boy, whom police suspect in Nijjar’s death, jumped from the Mavis Road overpass at Highway 401, leaving him with critical injuries. He died of his injuries last Sunday.

While police haven’t named him under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, loved ones, including his father, have identified this young man as Akash Wadhwa.

On Sunday night, friends, classmates and former teachers gathered together at the Mavis Road overpass to light candles and remember Wadhwa.

“Anything anybody said to him, good or bad, he took the good. Anything bad, he just washed off his back. He was a good kid….It’s really tragic, unnecessary. And he’ll definitely be missed. It’s just tragic,” said his French teacher Miss Singh.

The group also marched by Mississauga Secondary School, where both Wadhwa and Nijjar were students. Another vigil was held in remembrance of Nijjar on Friday night.