Toronto homicide 47 – Police investigate the murder of Dequan Demos

The 2023 Toronto Homicide Victim List is available here

On September 13, 2023, The Toronto Police Service made the public aware of a homicide investigation.

 police responded to a call for a shooting in the Dolly Varden Boulevard/Ellesmere Road area on September 5th at 4:55 p.m.

On arrival police found a black Toyota Corolla which had collided with a tree. Dequan Demos, 21, of Toronto, was located inside the vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries.

On Monday, September 11, 2023, Lawrence Bruce, 22, of Markham, was arrested and charged with:

  1. First-degree Murder
  2. Attempt Murder
  3. Several Firearms related charges

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