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Funeral on Friday for slain St. Catharines boy, stepfather charged

The Canadian Press | posted Friday, Mar 24th, 2017

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Funeral services will be held Friday for a seven-year-old boy who died last week in St. Catharines, Ont., leading to a first-degree murder charge against his stepfather.

Nathan Dumas was rushed to hospital on Friday but died the next day.

Police launched a manhunt for his stepfather, 43-year-old Justin Kuijer.

He was arrested on Tuesday in Kenora and appeared in court Thursday to face the allegation.

According to local media reports his case was put over until April 19.

A visitation was held for Dumas on Thursday and his funeral will be held in Thorold.

Earlier this week, a makeshift memorial of flowers and stuffed animals was erected outside a St. Catharines sandwich shop owned by Nathan’s grandparents.

Kuijer is also charged with attempted murder in connection with an attack on a female employee at a St. Catharines branch of the Royal Bank.

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