A vacationing Ontario teen allegedly killed during a fight with five other Canadians in the Dominican Republic had argued with the group earlier in the day, CBC News has learned.
Jordan Morrison, 19, of Barrie, Ont., died after the altercation Friday morning with the five Canadians, who are reportedly from Montreal. Morrison apparently didn't know them prior to arriving at the resort, freelance reporter Carlos Benoit said from Santiago.
Dominican authorities have five suspects in custody, but no charges have been laid.
The fight happened at a private disco at the Grand Paradise Bavaro resort near Punta Cana. Morrison was badly beaten and rushed to a local clinic but couldn't be revived.
Police said Friday a woman who witnessed the entire incident has been providing police with evidence.
Vacationing with parents
Morrison had been vacationing with his mother and father at the resort, which is billed as the ideal vacation spot for families.
Morrison's family was still in the Dominican Republic Saturday and no one answered the door at their Barrie home, about 90 kilometres north of Toronto.
Friends told CBC News that Morrison had Asperger syndrome, a mild form of autism, and that he was often bullied as a child.
His death has prompted an outpouring of grief online, including a tribute page on Facebook with the headline "gone but never forgotten."
Neighbours who knew Morrison said they were still in shock. Nazih Ali said Morrison was a "good guy" who was very athletic and liked skateboarding.