One arrest made in murder of Hamilton teen, shooter wanted by police


Dale Burningsky King

Hamilton police have arrested one man and are looking for another in connection to the murder of 19-year-old Yosif Al-Hasnawi.

The teenager was fatally shot Saturday evening while trying to stop two men from harassing an older man near a mosque in central Hamilton.

Investigators say the duo turned to Al-Hasnawi and shot him for intervening.

Al-Hanawi scene

Twenty-year-old James Matheson, of Hamilton, has been charged with accessory after the fact to murder. Police say he was arrested without incident at 3:30 a.m. Monday at a home in downtown Hamilton. He appeared at John Sopinka Courthouse shortly after 2 p.m. Monday.

Hamilton police have issued an arrest warrant for 19-year-old Dale Burningsky King, of Hamilton, on a charge of second-degree murder. King is considered armed and dangerous, and police are advising the public to call 911 if you see him.


Witnesses at the scene of the shooting say paramedics and police did not believe that Al-Hasnawi’s injuries were serious.

EMS and police said they could not confirm emergency crews were down-playing the victim’s injuries.

Investigators are appealing to the shooting suspect to turn himself in.


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Anna says:

i feel so bad for this young student trying to protect another human being, then dies for being kind