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Man freezes to death near Brampton schools after night of drinking

Police tape marks a crime scene in this file photo.

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After an evening of drinking, a young man passed out in a field near three Brampton schools and froze to death overnight.

A woman found the man's body at 7:37 a.m. Thursday while walking through a field that connects Sir John A. Macdonald Middle School, St. Anne Separate School and Kingswood Drive Public School.

The individual, described as white and between 20 and 30 years of age, has been identified by police but they are not releasing his name because they have yet to notify his family.

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"It's something that we are concerned about because it's not uncommon for our officers to locate intoxicated males that have passed out outside apartment buildings or in park areas and obviously this time of year hypothermia is always a concern in those types of cases," said Peel Regional Police Constable Lilly Fitzpatrick.

Students at the three schools are attending class as usual, but were kept away from the field this morning while police and the coroner were conducting their investigation.

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Dakshana Bascaramurty is a national news reporter who writes about race and ethnicity. She won a 2013 National Newspaper Award in beat reporting for her coverage of changing demographics in the 905 region. Previously, she was a feature writer for Globe Life. More

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