Article by: TRACY MCLAUGHLIN,
BARRIE – Slain teen gets identity back as trial starts
By TRACY MCLAUGHLIN, SPECIAL TO SUN MEDIA
BARRIE — A young teen who was brutally stabbed to death in a wooded area almost three years ago will no longer go nameless.
A judge lifted the ban on his identity yesterday.
His name is Brayton Bullock and he was a 14-year-old “A” student who loved school, sports, snowboarding and the outdoors.
He was the only child of Tammy and Colin Bullock, who can now, along with other members of their family, also be named after three years of what they describe as feeling like outlaws.
Brayton got his name back at the beginning of a murder trial, where the gruesome details of his death were revealed by Crown attorney Lynn Shirreffs in her opening address to the jury.
On trial for Brayton’s first-degree murder is a 19-year-old who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
He was just 16 on March 9, 2006, when he allegedly stabbed Brayton multiple times in the chest, back and head with such force that he pierced his heart, lung and skull.
Before the killing, the suspect went to visit Brayton and a friend, who noticed he was acting strange.
“He was acting extremely fidgety,” said Shirreffs. “He told them he had taken two Ecstasy tablets.” He offered them some Ecstasy, but they refused.
Brayton eventually went for a walk with the older teen and he was never seen alive again.
At about 9 p.m., the teen ran to his friends and told them somebody had dragged Brayton into a nearby forest. They raced after him to the woods where the teen grabbed Brayton’s limp body and held it to him, crying, then began screaming and kicking trees.
Police brought the teen in for questioning. Shortly after, he was charged with murder.