Toronto Homicide #29 – Martin Harris charged with the fatal beating of Vijanant Persaud

The Toronto 2021 Homicide Victim List is available here

Toronto police said Vijanant Persaud, 37, was returning to his apartment in the Danforth Road and Brimley Road area on June 13th at approximately 9:30pm, when he was attacked by a man armed with a baseball bat.

Persaud was rushed to hospital with serious injuries where he died on June 14th. Police arrested Martin Harris, 53, and charged him with second-degree murder. Harris appeared in court virtually onThursday, June 17, 2021, and will next appear at Toronto East Courts on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

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

Toronto Homicide #22 – Missing Man Paul Daly found deceased in his burnt-out Dodge Caravan. Courtney Michael Tenn charged

The Toronto 2021 Homicide Victim List is available here

According to Toronto police Paul Daly, 54, was last seen on Friday, April 2, 2021, in the Woodbine Avenue and O’Connor Drive area.

On April 17th police said believed Daly was dead, but his remains and his vehicle hadn’t been found. at that time. Courtney Michael Tenn, 40, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with Improper/Indecent/Interference with a Dead Body.

Daly’s remains and his burnt-out Dodge Caravan were located at an undisclosed location. The coroner attended the scene and the vehicle was taken to the Centre of Forensic Sciences. An autopsy was completed and revealed that Daly had been the victim of a homicide.

On Monday, April 26, 2021, Courtney Michael Tenn, 40, of Toronto, was re-arrested and charged with Second-Degree Murder.

The 2021 Toronto Homicide Map is available here

Charges laid in the death investigation of Danielle Stephanie Warriner

The 2020 Toronto Homicide Victim List is available here.

Toronto Police Service began an investigation into the sudden death of 43-year-old Danielle Stephanie Warriner, on May 28th.

It was reported that security guards at the Toronto General Hospital had a physical altercation with Warriner on May 11th, causing her to go into medical distress. Warriner was was later pronounced deceased at Toronto Western Hospital on Wednesday, May 27.

According to reports Warriner went to Toronto General Hospital on May 10 due to some breathing issues. Her sister Denise Warriner told CTV News “She suffered a deprivation of oxygen which then, as a result, she went into cardiac arrest, and of course, then sustained deprivation of oxygen to her brain, she had a brain injury.”

After a lengthy investigation police arrested  Amanda Rojas-Silva, 42, of Stouffville, and Shane Hutley, 35, of Brougham on November 30th, and charged both with:

  • Manslaughter
  • Criminal Negligence Causing Death

Both Rojas-Silva and Hutley are scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, room 111 at 9:00am.

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

Qais Noori Found Dead in North York Car, Possibly Toronto Homicide 62

Qais Noori, a 27 year old male from Oshawa was found left in a car in North York for ten days. The car was found parked in the Flemingdon Park neighbourhood at 35 St. Dennis Dr on October 31st and had been parked there since October 21st. Residents became suspicious of the black two door sedan and looked inside. Noori was found dead in the back seat of the vehicle.

Toronto Police have deemed the death suspicious, but have not said anything about the cause of death. If this is indeed a homicide, it would the 62nd homicide in Toronto in 2020 and the 53rd male homicide. There were 78 homicides in Toronto in all of 2019.

Toronto Police ask anyone with knowledge of the case to contact them at 416-808-5500 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS.

Qais Noori image from Toronto Police

The 2020 Toronto Homicide Victim List is available here.

Toronto Homicide #32 – Maaz Jogiyat dead and 1 injured following a shooting near a skatepark

Toronto police responded to several callers reporting multiple gunshots heard in the area of Vanderhoof Ave & Research Rd on June 9th at approximately 7:30pm.

Police located two male victims suffering from gunshot wounds, one victim was rushed to hospital on an emergency run where he died of his injuries. The second victim is expected to survive.

Update June 10th
Toronto police have identified the victim as Maaz Jogiyat, 20, of Toronto. It has been reported that a group of people were sitting in a parked vehicle when the suspects approached in a vehicle and started shooting at the parked vehicle. The suspect vehicle is described as a dark-colored 4-door SUV and was last seen northbound on Brentcliffe Road towards Eglinton Avenue East.

Anyone who had contact with the victim, earlier that day, is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400.

Update June 27th
Toronto police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Maviya Tahir, 18, of Toronto. He is described as 5’10”, 150 lbs., with a light complexion. Tahir is wanted for:

1) First Degree Murder
2) Attempt Murder

He is believed to be armed, violent, and dangerous. If located, do not approach. Call 9-1-1 immediately.

Update September 24th
On September 22, 2020, York Regional Police Service arrested Maviya Tahir, 18, of Toronto. Tahir has been charged with First Degree Murder in the death of Maaz Jogiyat.

The 2020 Toronto Homicide Victim List is available here.

Toronto Homicide #6 – Two injured, and Stephon Kelly shot to death in Toronto’s latest homicide

Toronto police responded to reports of a shooting in the area of Markham Road and Kingston Road on January 25th at approximately 9:00pm.

Police and paramedics arrived to find three victims. A man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The third victim, 28-year-old Stephon Kelly, of Toronto was found suffering from a gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police are searching for at least two suspects that may have left the scene in a silver vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4300 or 416-808-7400.

The 2020 Toronto Homicide Victim List is available here.


Update: Toronto Homicide #3 – Maryna Kudzianiuk dies in hospital after being found seriously injured in a fire

Toronto police and Fire Services responded to a call for a fire at 25 Bay Mills Boulevard on January 13th at approximately 3:06 am.

Toronto fire department extinguished the blaze and found 40-year-old Maryna Kudzianiuk of Toronto suffering from serious injuries. Kudzianiuk was rushed to hospital where she died of her injuries. An autopsy was conducted on January 14th and ruled the death to be a homicide.

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

Ricardo Miraballes, 37, of Toronto, was arrested on January 18th and charged with second degree murder. During the arrest, Miraballes was shot by police near Scarborough Town Centre.

The 2020 Toronto Homicide Victim List is available here.

Toronto homicide #2 – Paul Anthony Desouza identified as fatal shooting victim

Toronto police responded to a call for a shooting at 367 Military Trail on January 11th.

Police arrived to find 25-year-old Paul Anthony Desouza, 25, of Toronto, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Desouza was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries.

Police believe that there were several witnesses at the scene of the homicide.
Anyone who was there and may have dash-cam or security camera videos of this incident is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400.

The 2020 Toronto Homicide Victim List is available here.

Toronto Homicide #1 – Ahmed Yakot, died in hospital after Regent Park neighborhood shooting

Toronto police responded to a call to the sound of shots fired in the Oak Street and River Street area on January 1st at approximately 10:30pm. 

It has been reported that two men were shot at by suspects in a dark coloured car. Both men were rushed to hospital where 21-year-old Ahmed Yakot, 21, died of his injuries on January 2nd. 

Anyone with information in particular, anyone with CCTV or dash-cam footage, around the time of the incident is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400.

Toronto Homicide 72 – Julie Berman dies in hospital after a serious assault, charges laid

Toronto police responded to an assault in the Brunswick Avenue and Harbord Street area on December 22, 2019, at 2:18 p.m.

On arrival emergency crews located 51-year-old Julie Berman suffering from a serious injury to the head. She was rushed to hospital where she died of her injuries. Bergman was an advocate for transgender rights and a strong voice against the violence that impacts the trans community.

Police said it is alleged that two people were inside a residence when the victim received injuries to her head. Colin Harnack, 29, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400. The 2019 Toronto Homicide Victim List is available here