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Calgary police say they have charged a youth with second-degree murder in the death of a teen whose body was found in a suburban green space last week.

Police said emergency crews were called last Wednesday to the Arbour Lake neighbourhood for reports of an injured person.

There, they found the body of 16-year-old Jal Acor Jal.

Police said the homicide unit canvassed the neighbourhood to collect any CCTV footage, spoke with potential witnesses and worked closely with Mr. Jal’s family and friends.

They said a search warrant was executed Tuesday at a home and a male youth was arrested.

The suspect, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

“We would like to thank Jal’s family, friends and his community for trusting us to find answers. We could not have done this without their help, and without the help of the residents of Arbour Lake,” homicide unit Staff Sergeant Sean Gregson said in a news release Wednesday.

“While we are thankful we are able to bring answers to his family, this is a sad conclusion to an already tragic event.”

A statement from Mr. Jal’s family earlier this week said he was a respectable, polite, kind young man.

“His presence would light up the whole room when he entered. His soul was so pure,” the family statement said.

“Jal was so loving and thoughtful. He did very little to make everyone smile because he was naturally a friendly and affectionate person.”

They said he lived with his grandmother, whom they described as needing “emotional attention.”

“He would be the first to say good morning, and the first to comfort her when she was feeling heartbroken and in physical pain.”

The statement said Mr. Jal would always check up on his father, who is in a wheelchair, “and bring comfort and reassurance that he will be OK.”

“Jal would regularly check up on his mother who is currently living in Lethbridge,” the statement said.

“He would ask how her day was going and see about her health, telling her how he couldn’t wait for Christmas so he could get all the brand name accessories.”

The family said Mr. Jal was on the basketball team at St. Francis High School and aspired to play the sport in the United States.

“This tragedy has broken so many people’s hearts. We never saw this day coming. No one is ever prepared for such pain of losing their child.”

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