Sylvia Consuelo Toronto’s tenth homicide victim of 2016

Officers said they responded to a sudden death call January 30th, at an apartment complex on Kendleton Drive around 4:45 a.m after friends of Sylvia Consuelo 31 found her deceased.

An autopsy has been completed, although the cause of death won’t be made public at this time, Consuelo’s death has been declared a homicide.

UPDATE: Police said Consuelo was brutally sexually assaulted, beaten and suffocated to death.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477)

Update November 5th

Najib Amin 26, of Toronto, was arrested on November 3th and charged with the first degree murder of Sylvia Consuelo. Police said Consuelo was brutally sexually assaulted, beaten, then suffocated to death.

 

Randy Lopushinsky’s disappearance deemed a homicide

RCMP have not confirmed whether the body of Randy Lopushinsky 56, has been found but stated on February 13th that his disappearance is being treated as a homicide.

Lopushinsky was last seen on January 23 in Redwater. RCMP found a 2007 Ford Escape that belonged to Lopushinsky, in a rural area northwest of Westlock at the end of January.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Redwater RCMP.

Update: Jon Irwin Ward 41, has been charged with second degree murder in the death of Lopushinsky. Billy Joe Deren 36, faces charges of indignity to human remains.

Christopher Denis Kwik found dead inside Vancouver Apartment

Police are investigating a murder in the South Granville neighbourhood in a Historical building. A man was found Saturday January 30th in an apartment around 11 p.m near the intersection of Granville and West Broadway.

Police are still at the scene investigating.

The death is being called Vancouver’s first homicide of 2016, however another death this month lead to a manslaughter charge. Read it here.

…More to come

**UPDATE**

Police said that Christopher Denis Kwik 40, was found shot in an apartment at 2425 Granville Street by a person who was checking on the unit. Kwik did not live there, police believe that he was shot earlier that day.

Tehganni Lewis dies after assault in rooming house

Tehganni Lewis 19 was transported to hospital on January 23 after an assault at a rooming house in Oshawa where he had been staying.

He was transported to a Toronto trauma centre, and was in critical condition until he died on January 30th, 7 days after being brutally beaten.

Update:

Joseph Scott Young, 53, was arrested on a GO bus from Hamilton to Toronto on February 18th.

 

 

Update: Shooting in Toronto’s Chinatown leaves Quinn Taylor & David “Mikey” Eminess dead

Toronto police say five people were shot and two have died in an shooting that happened Sunday January 31st at around 3am at Spadina Avenue and Nassau Street in Chinatown.

Toronto paramedics said they responded to four male victims, including one who was pronounced dead at the scene. Three others were transported to hospital, one was in life threatening condition, he has since died, the last victim managed to make his own way to the hospital.

“Some sort of altercation occurred that prompted the shooting but we’re still early in the investigation,” said homicide Det. Mike Carbone.

Toronto paramedics said they responded to four male victims, including one who was pronounced dead at the scene. Three others were transported to hospital, including one in life-threatening condition, who has since died, the last victim managed to make his own way to the hospital.

No suspects have been made and police aren’t ruling out gang violence.

**UPDATE**

Quinn Taylor 29 and  David Eminess 26, have been identified as the two homicide victims. Police do not believe the shooting to be gang related.

**UPDATE**

On Thursday Feburary 11th, Kyle Sparks-Mackinnon 25, was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder.

Update February 21 2017

Jahmal Richardson, 33, of Oakville was arrested on February 16th and charged with two counts of second degree murder, and two counts of attempted murder. Richardson is the suspected leader of the Heart of a King (HOK) gang.  Richardson was also charged in the 2015 death of Charles Shillingford.

Rocco Zito 87 shot dead by his son in-law Domenico Scopelliti

Toronto Police were called to a house for reports of a shooting on Playfair Avenue around 5 p.m. on Friday. Police released the name of the suspect Domenico Scopelliti at 11pm. Scopelliti  turned himself into Toronto police after hearing his name on the news.

Motive for the murder has not been determined.

Toronto police have charged Domenico Scopelliti 51 with first degree murder in the shooting death of his father in-law,  Rocco Zito 87.

Zito was suspected of having ties to the Calabrian mob. In 1980, Rocco Zito was convicted of manslaughter in the beating death of a photographer who apparently was connected to a loan sharking operation.

 

Beverly Littlecrow sudden death in Kinley

RCMP were called to the village of Kinley on January 24th. Officers found Beverly Littlecrow, 36, who was brought to hospital in Saskatoon where she was pronounced dead. RCMP said that after an investigation the death was considered to be suspicious.

On January 25th a man calling himself “Gab” wrote on Littlecrow’s Facebook page, saying he was her boyfriend and that he was destroyed by death. RCMP said Gabriel Faucher 44, was arrested in Saskatoon on February 2nd and charged with second degree murder.

 

Sukhchain Singh Brar, charged with the murder of his wife Gurpreet K. Brar

Police said the body of Gurpreet K. Brar 37 from Brampton, was found in a burnt out truck on January 31 in Plympton.  Investigators say Gurpreet Brar was a passenger in the vehicle, while one other occupant managed to get away safely.

OPP declared that they have charged Sukhchain Singh Brar, 50, the victims husband, with first degree murder causing death and fire.

Police have not said what happened to cause the fire.

January 2016 Homicide statistics

Click here for January 2017 homicide totals.

Canada January Murder Count: 57
Males: 41
Females: 16
Age of Youngest Victim: 3
Age of Oldest Victim: 87

Murders By Province or Territory
ON 22
AB 11
BC 9
SK 8
MB 3
NB 2
QC 1
NS 1
YT 0
PE 0
NU 0
NT 0
NL 0

Murders by Type
Beating 2
Shooting 21
Stabbing 8
Other 6
Unknown 20

Murders By City
Toronto 10
Edmonton 5
La Loche 4
Winnipeg 2
Vancouver 2
Thunder Bay 2
Ottawa 2
Kamloops 2
Hamilton 2
Calgary 2
Barrie 2
Stoney Nakoda First Nation 1
Standing Buffalo 1
St John 1
Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation 1
Saskatoon 1
Redwater 1
Prince Albert 1
Port Coquitlam 1
Plympton 1
Oshawa 1
Mississauga 1
Lethbridge 1
Langley 1
Lamont 1
Kinley 1
Kelowna 1
Halifax 1
Granby 1
Dawsonville 1
Brampton 1
100 Mile House 1
Tsawwassen First Nation 1

Victims and links to more information on each homicide:
Laidley, Junior Morris, 38, Lamont AB
Adolph, Dennis, 49, Kamloops BC
Agunbiade, Adedotun, 28, Toronto ON
Amos, Wilfred Junior, 28, Stoney Nakoda First Nation AB
Arab, Marwan, 20, Ottawa ON
Brar, Gurpreet Sing, 37, Plympton ON
Burnelle, Kevin, 36, Langley BC
Carter, Irene, 78, Lethbridge AB
Choiniere, Caroline, 45, Granby QC
Consuelo, Sylvia, 31, Toronto ON
Crowder, Richard, 31, Hamilton ON
Dixon, Alva, 70, Toronto ON
Doe, Jane, Saskatoon, SK
Doe, Jane, 68, Mississauga ON
Doe, John, 23, Prince Albert SK
Doe, John, 30, Kamloops BC
Dumstrey-Soos, Vesna, 100 Mile House, BC
Eminess, David Michael, 26, Toronto ON
Enger, Cindy, 51, Calgary AB
Fleming, David Gordon, 28, Edmonton AB
Flett, George, 51, Winnipeg MB
Fontaine, Dayne, 17, La Loche SK
Fontaine, Drayden, 13, La Loche SK
French, Cynthia Marie, 35, Winnipeg MB
Garnham, Derek Alexander, 32, Edmonton AB
Gerard, George, 60, Thunder Bay ON
Hudson, Charlotte, 40, Thunder Bay ON
James, Tevin, 22, Toronto ON
Janvier, Marie, 21, La Loche SK
Kaiswatum, Mario, 26, Standing Buffalo SK
Kalich, Szymon, 33, Edmonton AB
Kassa, Yonatan, Port Coquitlam, BC
Kwick, Christopher, 40, Vancouver BC
Lampe, Frank John, 58, Halifax NS
Le, Tammy, 25, Hamilton ON
Lefkove, Christine, 58, Vancouver BC
Lewis, Tehganni, 19, Oshawa ON
Littlecrow, Beverly, 36, Kinley SK
Lopushinsky, Randy, 56, Redwater AB
Main, Emerson, 77, Dawsonville NB
Mallinson, Alan, Barrie, ON
Mallinson, Matthew, Barrie, ON
McCarty, Tura Stephen, 22, Kelowna BC
Melaragno, Annunziata, 68, Toronto ON
Mohamed, Abdikadir, 25, Edmonton AB
Najdi, Mohamed, 28, Ottawa ON
Patriarca, Alfredo, 42, Toronto ON
Petit, Joseph, 17, Toronto ON
Sinclair, Alex John, 53, Edmonton AB
Sinisi, Sebastiano, 51, Brampton ON
Taylor, Haelin, Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation, MB
Taylor, Quinn, 29, Toronto ON
Veneau, Ross Joseph, 22, St John NB
Virk, Robvinder, Tsawwassen First Nation, BC
Wood, Adam, 35, La Loche SK
Zito, Rocco, 87, Toronto ON
Zoue, Isaiah, 3, Calgary AB

Marwan Arab shot to death in Ottawa

On January 31, Police were called to a shooting at the Shifa Restaurant, at around 5:30 p.m. Marwan Arab, 20 has been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. Another victim was suffering from a serious gunshot wound to the chest but is expected to survive.

Police do not have a description of a suspect. No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.