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