There are dozens of “Trees of Honor” in East Mall Park adorned with a plaque, usually for someone who has died.
No dedication is on the plaque donated by Etobicoke councillors in the southeast corner of the park, which is 11/2 blocks long adjoining the mall by Highway 427.
After a 20-year-old collapsed and died a few steps from the tree — one of three stabbing deaths Wednesday — someone put a small pot of pink flowers there in his memory.
The victim’s name was withheld pending his identification by family. Not far from where he died, next to some discarded police tape, is the parking lot that a group of people drove away from after the stabbing.
A path is marked with Crips graffiti. Beer caps, shards of a shot glass and an LCBO bag are debris of partying that angers residents. They say they’ve asked in vain for more police patrols and for the southeast parking lot, a hangout, to be grassed over or turned into a playground.
Homicide Det. Ian Briggs, who confirmed the complaints about the park, is asking witnesses to the stabbing to come forward.