Canadians held in teen's death in Dominican Republic


An Ontario teen on a family vacation in the Dominican Republic was allegedly beaten to death by a group of Canadians, police say.

Police in the Caribbean country said Jordan Morrison, 19, from Barrie, Ont., was attacked by several men at a disco in the Grand Paradise Bavaro hotel, near Punta Cana.

The reason for the attack is unclear but one of the detectives investigating the case told CBC News Morrison was involved in a fight inside a disco early Friday morning. He was beaten and died of his injuries at a clinic in Punta Cana.

Police said five Canadians were apprehended and taken into custody. They did not give any details on where the Canadians were from, other than their nationality.

Police also told CBC News that they have a witness — a woman — who saw the entire incident and has been providing police with evidence.

No charges have been laid yet as police continue their investigation.

Morrison was holidaying on the Caribbean island with his mother and father.

His parents spent the day Friday at the office of the public prosecutor.

In the central Ontario city where Morrison lived, neighbours who learned of the death on Friday, told the Barrie Examiner that Morrison was "an average boy."

"It's upsetting — I feel for the family," Nancy Cook told the Examiner. "You go down south to enjoy [yourself] and have some family time and maybe pull yourselves closer together. To lose one, I can't even imagine how they would feel."

Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Lisa Monette confirmed Canadian citizens have been detained by police in the Dominican in connection with the death, but could not provide any other details.

Monette said Canadian officials are working closely with Dominican authorities to gather additional information and are providing consular assistance to the victim's family.