December 2015 Canadian Homicide Statistics

Canada December Murder Count: 35

Males: 27
Females: 8
Age of Youngest Victim: 2
Age of Oldest Victim: 73

Murders By Province or Territory

ON 15
AB 9
QC 5
NL 2
BC 2
NS 1
NB 1
YT 0
SK 0
PE 0
NU 0
NT 0
MB 0

Murders by Type
Beating 1
Shooting 10
Stabbing 5
Other 5
Unknown 13

Murders By City
Toronto 7
Edmonton 6
Montreal 4
Thunder Bay 2
Nain 2
Grand Prairie 2
Windsor 1
Vancouver 1
Val-d’Or 1
Red Deer 1
Pitt Meadows 1
Peterborough 1
New Glasgow 1
Moncton 1
Mississauga 1
Hamilton 1
Fort Severn 1
Erin 1

Victims and links to more information on each homicide:
Alexander, Joel, 28, Toronto ON
Bender, Peter, 33, Pitt Meadows BC
Bhamra, Baljit Singh, 49, Edmonton AB
Bhangu, Karanpal, 35, Edmonton AB
Braconnier, Thomas Patrick, 46, Red Deer AB
Campbell, Nicole, 33, New Glasgow NS
Cenabre, Ricky Massin, 41, Edmonton AB
Chan, Andrew, 50, Peterborough ON
Charbonneau, Precious, 33, Toronto ON
Churchmunch, Anne, 50, Thunder Bay ON
Contois, Alex Leonard Greg, 31, Edmonton AB
Diebert, Amber Dawn, 24, Grand Prairie AB
Doe, Jane, 38, Nain NL
Doe, John, 62, Toronto ON
Doe, John, 37, Nain NL
Doe, John, 50, Montreal QC
Ernsting, Mark, 39, Toronto ON
Goudreau, Sebastien, 21, Val-d’Or QC
Grace, Joey, 20, Montreal QC
Guzhavin, Alekesji, 31, Windsor ON
Hatch, Frederick John, 65, Erin ON
Junor, Rosemarie, 28, Toronto ON
Leon, Cameron, 22, Vancouver BC
Morin, Yvette Lydia, 28, Edmonton AB
Naidoo, Pragalthan Narainsamy, 73, Edmonton AB
Noureddine, Zaher, 25, Toronto ON
Okubagzi, Serfeal, 2, Mississauga ON
Pott, Wilfred, Thunder Bay, ON
Thomas, George, 45, Fort Severn ON
Topilko, Jody Michelle, 30, Grand Prairie AB
Tremblay, Alexandre, 22, Montreal QC
Tulloch, Tyrone, 26, Toronto ON
Ward, Carman, 60, Hamilton ON
Wylie, Baylee, 18, Moncton NB
Girard, Francois, Montreal, QC

House fire deemed homicide claimed the lives of two victims, Anne Chuchmuch & Wilfred Pott

Thunder Bay Fire crews were called to a house fire on December 27th. Wilfred Pott 60, one of the victims was rushed to hospital where he died as a result of the fire. Anne Chuchmuch 50, who was thought to be the second victim, was pronounced dead at the scene. Although forensics still had to prove with DNA testing that the body was Chuchmuch.

**UPDATE**

Police said the C.F.S. lab sent confirmation of Chuchmuch’s identity on Friday January 15.  Police  have proceeded with charges against Benjamin Ronald Marki 40, who had been renting a room at the couple’s home on Brant Street in Thunder Bay.

Toronto music journalist Zaher Noureddine killed in robbery

Toronto Police were called to the area of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue in midtown Toronto on December 29th and found Zaher Noureddine 25,  injured outside a bar.

Noureddine was rushed to hospital where he died shortly after arrival.  The cause of death has not been released, however police have said they are not aware of any weapons being used.

“I believe it was a very brazen robbery,” homicide Det. Jeff Allington told reporters near the crime scene.  Police say they are looking for three suspects who were wearing dark coloured clothing, and fled the scene in a light coloured four door sedan.

Police are asking for the publics help in the death of Frederick Hatch

Erin ON, Fire and Emergency Services responded to a call of a brush fire at a small wooded area December 17th.

On arrival they found Frederick John Hatch 65, with no fixed address. Police have not released the cause of death and are desperately trying to contact his next of kin.

Anyone with information can call a toll free tip line 1-844-677-5010 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Dr. Andrew Chan, murdered by his son

Peterborough police said Dr. Andrew Chan 50, a well known Peterborough doctor, was found dead in his home on December 28th.  A woman who has not been named, was discovered at the same home and police said she is now in critical but stable condition.

Police have not released the cause of death, but said they were first dispatched to the scene after two calls about stabbings in the home.

Thomas Chan 19, Andrew Chan’s son, is charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with the investigation.

Mark Ernsting, Ryerson Prof stabbed to death

Mark Ernsting 39, was fatally stabbed December 15th while out for his regular evening walk. Toronto police believe it was a robbery gone wrong.  Ernsting died after he was attacked near 38 McGill St., close to Ryerson University where he worked. Police said he was stabbed multiple times.

Calvin Michael Nimoh, 21, had his charge upgraded On December 29th from second degree murder to first degree murder after investigators uncovered evidence of forcible confinement. The new evidence came while reviewing security camera footage from the area.

Police still consider the stabbing a random attack.