Cabbagetown by Hugh Garner:
Theodore folded the paper in his lap. Death was an impersonal thing that affected only older people, until something like this brought it close. He held no great affection for Billy and, though they had both gone to Park Public School together, he had not known Billy well.
All the way home he thought about Addington, for Billy was the first of his acquaintances to die. Already, even at the age of twenty, Theodore realized that a final reckoning was coming to them all, sooner or later. The shortness of life on earth, and the workings of blind unreasoning chance, were revealed to him now by Billy’s death.