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Peggy Ann Smith 61, shot to death in Toronto

Toronto police responded a call of shots fired at a Riverdale area townhouse complex at around 6:15 on August 27th.

Officers found 61 year old Peggy Ann Smith in the ally way suffering from a gun shot wound. Paramedics said the Smith was declared dead at the scene.

Police are looking for two men who were seen fleeing the scene on foot, heading north towards Dundas street East.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400.

The death of Peggy Ann Smith is Toronto’s 48th of 2016.
Find the Toronto victim’s names and links to their stories here.

UPDATE: 3 people dead in Scarborough crossbow shooting

Scarborough police responded to reports of a stabbing on Thursday August 25th , only to arrive to find 3 people dead in a garage of a home.

Two men and a woman were found with crossbow bolt  injuries, and the weapon near by. Paramedics said the two men and the woman were pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth victim suffered minor injuries and is being held in custody by police.

More to come…


Brett Ryan, 35 Was arrested August 25th and is facing three charges of first degree murder. The names of the victims have not been released.

**UPDATE** August 29

Police have released the cause of death of the three victims. The man found in the garage died of a cross- bow bolt stab wound to the neck. The second man who was found in the driveway dies of a single “arrowhead” stab wound to the neck. The woman was strangled to death.

The names of the victims  are under a court-ordered publication ban at this time.

**UPDATE** August 30th

The publication ban has been lifted and the victims have been named as Brett Ryan’s mother and two brothers, Susan Ryan, 66, Christopher Ryan, 42, and Alexander Ryan, 29.

UPDATE : Afternoon shooting in Toronto takes the life of John Ignagni

Toronto Police responded to reports of a collision on King Street West at around 12:15 in the afternoon on August 21st. Police arrived to find a male victim dead,with gunshot wounds near a motorcycle.

Cst. Victor Kwong said that the shooting happened in an underground parking garage on Crawford Street.

More information will be posted as it comes available.

**UPDATE** August 22
Police have identified the victim of what is thought to be a targetted attack as John Ignagni 33.

Police are looking for a white male who was seen leaving the area on a bicycle, wearing a dark bicycle helmet.

The death of John Ignagni is Toronto’s 44th homicide of 2016.  You can find Toronto’s 2016 homicide list here.


*Update* Charges laid: Partial torso found in a bag behind Toronto Butcher shop

Toronto police said employees at Charlie’s Meat and Seafood found the remains at around 11:30am on April 19th.  The remains were found inside a rubber garbage bin behind the shop.

The partial torso found was not in an advanced state of decomposition, leaving the coroner to believe it had only been there for a few hours.  Police said the remains are of a light skinned woman.

An autopsy is underway, authorities hope it help solve the mystery of what might have happened to the victim.


Police have released the identity of the woman whose partial torso was found behind a Toronto butcher shop.  The woman, Melissa Cooper 30 of Toronto was reported missing several weeks before her body was found.

Albert Ian Ohab 38, of Toronto, has been arrested and charged with one count of indignity to a dead body.

August 19th 2016:

Police have charged Albert Ian Ohab with second degree murder in the death on Melissa Cooper.

**UPDATE**Hit and run that took the life of Steven Doyle, being investigated as a homicide

On Monday August 15th at around 5:45 pm, Steven Doyle, 27, was deliberately struck by a vehicle on the west side of George Street, The driver of a blue Dodge Caravan drove on to the side walk and hit Doyle.

Steven Doyle was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are looking for the driver. He is said to be slim,  between 5’8 to 5’10”, with dark-brown shoulder length hair and glasses.

Anyone with information should contact police at 416-808-7400

UPDATE -August 24

Ayubullo Mohammad-Daud 21, was arrested today and charged with first degree murder in the death of Steven Doyle.

Omar Rashid-Ghader shot to death inside Ottawa nightclub

Omar Rashid-Ghader 33 was the victim of a fatal shooting at Sentral Nightclub in Ottawa’s ByWard Market August 14th. An officer that was near the scene saw people running out of the club and saying that somebody had been shot.

Paramedics arrived at the club and tried to treat Rashid-Ghader for multiple gunshot wounds, however he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are looking Mustafa Ahmed 33 in connection to the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 613-236-1222 extension 5050.

UPDATE- Suspicious death in Horton Township being investigated as a homicide

Police have remained tight lipped regrading the homicide of a 60 year old man on August 13th. Police would not say how they were alerted of the death and said the name of the victim will not be released at this time.

Police said that there are no public safety concerns. more information will be added as it comes available.


A 17 year old boy who will not be named under the young offenders act, has been charged with second-degree murderin the death of the 60 year old man.

Husband charged in the death of his wife Katherine Plytas

Toronto police were called to a home on reports of a sudden death on August 9th at around 2pm. Police found Katherine (Kathy) Plytas, 56 dead at the scene.

Plytas husband of 38 years, Dan Reil was arrested and was charged with first degree murder.

Police were called by the couples home after Reil contacted their children and said that their mother had died in her sleep. That is when the grown children called emergency services.

The cause of death has not been released at this time.



Charges laid in the death of William Lamers

Police were called to an apartment on Talbot street on August 11th at around 12:45 am on report of a medical emergency. First respondrs arrived to find William “Billy” Lamers 20, in medical distress.

Lamers was rushed to hospital where he died of his injury, that has been said to be cause by sharp forced trauma, however police are not releasing anymore information while the investigation continues.

Police arrested Corey Jolliffe 23, and charged him with first degree murder. Police are also looking for Sonny Daniel Cloutier 28, who is wanted in connection to the homicide.