Memorials spring up for Justice Ferrigno

Friends and family sign lamppost near the location of his stabbing

Emotions ranged from sadness to anger and disbelief at a makeshift memorial for 16-year-old stabbing victim Justice Ferrigno.

This came June 15, after the news that police had charged 18-year-old Jonathan Cioppa with second-degree murder.

At the makeshift memorial, located on Hilton Avenue, south of St. Clair West and Bathurst, friends gathered with candles, cards, and flowers to remember Justice near the area where the stabbing occurred. The lamppost in the yard was covered in dozens of personal messages from friends and family, as well as a large picture of Justice with his mother, Adriana.

Some friends at the memorial said an altercation started when Justice tried to help people from being assaulted, and it ended with the 16-year-old being fatally stabbed.

Godmother Vicky Torres said Justice was a good kid and good role model.

“He loved children, he was really good with kids,” Torres said. “Saturday was supposed to be a birthday party for (Justice’s god-sister) Trinity … and we wanted to invite him to come because he was right here.”

A longtime family friend at the makeshift lamented that it’s a shame that “it’s always the good ones who die young.”

A friend of Justice was overheard saying he hadn’t been to his Vaughan Rd. house to see Justice’s mother yet because “it’s still too weird for me to go by the house right now – going there and knowing I’ll never see him again.”

While family and friends are still coming to grips with what happened, Torres said there’s a bit of closure now that an arrest has been made.

Police initially received a call June 12 just after 11 p.m. regarding a person with a knife in the Bathurst Street and St. Clair Avenue West area. Upon arrival, Ferrigno was found with trauma to the body and was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries where he later died.

Cioppa appeared in court yesterday morning.

Police could not be reached for comment on the status of the investigation.

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By: Shawn Star
Posted: Jun 16 2010 4:48 pm
Filed in: NEWS
Edition: Toronto