Hamilton Homicide #7 – Marko (Mark) Bakir, shot to death on Clifton Downs Road

Hamilton Police responded to report of a shooting on Clifton Downs Road, on November 22, just before 9:00pm.

Police and paramedics arrived to find Marko Bakir, 31, of Hamilton, suffering from gunshot wounds. Bakir was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Richard Wouters at 905-546-4921.

Click here for the Hamilton 2018 homicide count and victim list

10 Biggest Canadian City Homicide Count, Homicide Rate Per 100,000 And Full Year 2018 Projections: Updated October 7th, 2018

Toronto still leads with the highest homicide rate per capita of the ten major cities, Winnipeg is second, with the City of Vancouver, Edmonton, and Brampton tied for third.

Toronto and Brampton projected homicides are up considerably over the 2017 totals.

Click on city for listing of that city’s homicides

City Population Homicides 2018 Proj. Homicides 2017
Projection per 100K Homicides
Toronto 2731571 83 108.2 4.0 63
Montreal 1704694 18 23.5 1.4 24
Calgary 1239220 11 14.3 1.2 28
Ottawa 934243 14 18.3 2.0 14
Edmonton 932546 21 27.4 2.9 42
Mississauga 721599 6 7.8 1.1 9
Winnipeg 705224 17 22.2 3.1 21
Vancouver 631486 14 18.3 2.9 17
Brampton 593638 13 16.9 2.9 6
Hamilton 536917 6 7.8 1.5 10

Hamilton police investigating the city’s 6th homicide of the year

Click here for the Hamilton 2018 homicide count and victim list

Hamilton Police responded to reports of a male victim who had been shot in the area of 470 Beach Rd on September 23rd at approximately 4:00am.

Police said the victim was transported by a group of friends to hospital. Before the made it to the hospital they came upon Fire Department in the area of Dalhousie and Ottawa St. An ambulance was called and the victim was taken to hospital where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 6:00 am.

The victims age and identity have not been released at this time.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

Update September 24th
Police have identified he victim as Natshon Defreitas, 19 years old, of Toronto,

Albert Iavarone dies in Hamilton shooting, police believe the death is linked to organized crime

Hamilton Police responded to reports of shots fired in the area of 32 Sunflower Crescent, Ancaster on September 13th at approximately 9:55pm.

Police and Paramedics arrived to find a 50-year-old male from Hamilton suffering from a gunshot injury. Despite life saving efforts the victim died at the scene.

The name of the deceased will not be released until family members have been notified.

Update Sept 15th.
Police have identified the victim as Real estate agent Albert Iavarone. Police said Iavarone has no criminal record but is known to associate with individuals involved in Hamilton’s traditional organized crime.

Police said the killer hid in bushes and lay in wait for Iavarone to return home Thursday night. The only description they gave was that the killer drove a silver car. Police believe the death of Iavarone is connected to the 207 death of Angelo Muistano .

Police believe the homicide is targeted and there is no danger to the general public. Anyone with information that can assist Police with the investigation is asked to contact Detective Jason Cattle by calling 905-546-4167

Hamilton Police Service is looking for witnesses in the city’s latest homicide

Hamilton police were called to a bar at East Avenue N, and King st on August 8th at approximately 1:30 am on report of a shooting.

Police arrived to find one Michael Campbell dead, and three others injured.

Anyone with information that could assist Police with the investigation is asked to contact Detective Ross Johnson of the Major Crime Unit by calling 905-546-3827.

Hamilton Police have released a video of the male who caused this disturbance and committed an assault upon one of the patrons inside. Police have made it clear that this male is not wanted for the murder of Michael Campbell. He is wanted for the assault in the bar and to assist in identifying all of the individuals who had contact with Michael Campbell and the other victims. The Video can be viewed here.

The 2018 Hamilton Homicide Victim List is Available Here. 

Update Hamilton Teacher & son of Clara Rutherford charged – Carla and Alan Rutherford, die in Dundas house fire that has been deemed a homicide

Hamilton Fire and Hamilton Police Service responded to report of a house fire at 8 Greening Court in Dundas on July 9th at approximately 3:45am.

Alan Rutherford, was able to escape the fire and knock on a neighbors door for help. His wife Clara was unable to escape the fire. Clara was pronounced on route to the hospital. Alan was brought to hospital in critical condition where he died as a result of his injuries later in the afternoon.

Hamilton Police Service Major Crime Unit have determined the fire was deliberately set. Carla and Alan Rutherford were victims of homicide.

Update October 28th
The OFM report confirms that Clara, and Alan Rutherford victims of arson. Details of the report will not be disclosed at this time.

Police are asking for anyone with information about this homicide or anyone that knew the victims to contact Detective Ben Adams at 905-546-3836

Update January 24th, 2019
Richard Taylor a Hamilton teacher and son of Clara Rutherford is charged with two counts of first degree murder. Taylor is expected to appear in court January 24th. Hamilton Police said they “believe the murder of Richard Taylor’s mother and stepfather was financially motivated.”

10 Biggest Canadian City Homicide Count, Homicide Rate Per 100,000 and Full Year 2018 Projections

Homicides and projections as of July 9th, 2018 for the ten biggest Canadian municipalities. Currently uses 2016 census populations for murders per 100,000. Note individual cities, not metro regions.

Municipality Population Homicides 2018 Proj. Homicides 2017
Projection per 100K Homicides
Toronto 2731571 54 103.7 3.8 63
Montreal 1704694 14 26.9 1.6 24
Calgary 1239220 6 11.5 0.9 28
Ottawa 934243 13 25.0 2.7 14
Edmonton 932546 16 30.7 3.3 42
Mississauga 721599 4 7.7 1.1 8
Winnipeg 705224 9 17.3 2.5 21
Vancouver 631486 11 21.1 3.3 17
Brampton 593638 9 17.3 2.9 6
Hamilton 536917 1 1.9 0.4 10

Update – 29 year old Holly Hamilton found dead in Hamilton Ontario

Holly was reported missing by her family on January 15th, she was last seen by members of her family in the evening hours of January 14th.

Holly Hamilton was found dead inside her 1996 white,  Ford Escort, at 95 Barlake Ave on  January 17th.

A man has been arrested, however police will not be releasing his identity or any other information at this time.

Information will be updated as it becomes available.

Update January 18th
The ex-boyfriend of Holly Hamilton, 30 year old Justin Dumphrey has been charged with second degree murder.

Update Hamilton homicide #10 – 60 year old man dies in domestic related stabbing

Hamilton police were called to 134 Highland Rd. West on December 20th on report of “family trouble” just before noon.

On arrival police located a 60 year old man suffering from stab wounds. The victim was rushed to the Hamilton General Hospital where he died of his injuries.

A man was arrested at the scene and charged with second degree murder. Police said there is no threat to the public’s safety.

The victim’s identity will not be released until next of kin has been notified.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Andrew Coughlan at 905-546-3874.

Update December 22

police have identified the victim as Janusz (John) Harpula, 60. Harpula’s son 29 year old Thomas Harpula has been charged with second degree murder.

The 2017 Hamilton Homicide Victim list is available here.

Update trial begins for 2 former Hamilton paramedics – Yosif Al-Hasnawi shot to death after trying to break up a fight in Hamilton

Hamilton police were called to the area of Main Street East and Wentworth Street South at approximately 9pm on December 2nd after receiving reports of a shooting.

Police said the victim, Yosif Al-Hasnawi 19, was attempting to help a man who was being accosted by 2 other men when he was shot.

Al-Hasnawi was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries. Al-Hasnawi was shot with a hollow-point bullet from a .22-caliber handgun.

Al-Hasnawi was shot while trying to help an older man who was being accosted by two other men.

Police are looking for 2 suspects. The first has been described as 20s, medium to darker complexion, a medium build and long black hair tied in a pony tail on top of his head. He was wearing a hood, jeans and a backpack. The second suspect was described as 20’s, light complection, bald shaved head, shorter and heavier than the first suspect. He was wearing a hood and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 905-546-4772

Update December 4th
James Anthony Robert Matheson, 20, was arrested on Monday December 4th, and charged with Accessory After the Fact of Murder.

Police are asking for help from the public in locating Dale Burningsky King, 19, pictured below. Burningsky King is wanted for second-degree murder. Anyone with information that could assist Police is asked to contact Detective Doug Jonovich at (905) 546-4863.

Update December 7th
Hamilton Police Service and the OPP,  arrested Dale King on December 7th at approximately 4:30pm in Hagersville. A female was also arrested and is under investigation for accessory after the fact.

November 2019
Dale King, was acquitted last year of second-degree murder. According to CBCThe Crown is appealing the not-guilty verdict of a man who admitted he shot and killed Yosif Al-Hasnawi, but was acquitted by a jury of second-degree murder”.

Update November 25th, 2020
Trial begins for two former Hamilton Paramedics, Steve Snively, 55, and Christopher Marchant, 32, who are charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life in connection to the shooting death of Al-Hasnawi.

More information available at CHCH


The 2017 Hamilton Homicide Victim list is available here.