A 26-year-old Toronto man accused of killing his church-going mother in their central Etobicoke apartment is to appear in court this morning, charged with second-degree murder.

John Boukhalfa, 26, was stopped by police just before midnight Sunday walking along Lakeshore Boulevard West at Windermere Avenue.

Police later went to an apartment on the seventh floor of a Toronto Community Housing building at 3725 Dundas St. W., at Scarlett Road, and say they found the body of 62-year-old Antonia Catherine Zammit “suffering from obvious trauma.”

An autopsy was to be conducted by today.

Neighbours described Zammit as a quiet but kindly woman who worked as a nursing assistant in a nursing home.

She had lived in the building for about 30 years and every Sunday worshipped at the nearby St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.

One neighbour, who lives next door to Boukhalfa and Zammit, often heard arguments through the wall.

“They argued; they argued more than normal,” said the neighbour, adding the “hefty” son is into sports and recently switched from recreational hockey to football.

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