Murdered man remembered

The intersection of Church and Wellesley became quiet and solemn lastnight as hundreds gathered to pay tribute to murder victim ChristopherSkinner.

The intersection of Church and Wellesley became quiet and solemn last night as hundreds gathered to pay tribute to murder victim Christopher Skinner.

Church Street was a sea of flickering candles as up to 1,000 people showed up for the vigil. Skinner, 27, was killed Oct. 18 after being beaten by two to four men shortly after 3 a.m.

Skinner was reportedly left lying on the pavement near a black SUV, which witnesses say was then deliberately driven over his body with both front and rear wheels.

Toronto police have since released video footage that suggests Skinner may have struck the SUV with his hand while trying to hail a cab. Skinner is also gay and the slaying has triggered speculation as to whether the graphic designer might have been the victim of a hate crime.

But yesterday such questions were momentarily cast aside as mourners focused their attention on remembering Skinner, a man friends describe as energetic, charismatic and friendly.

“If Chris extended his hand to hail a cab and accidentally hit a vehicle, he would’ve been walking right up there to apologize,” said childhood friend Sarah, who declined to give her last name.

 
 
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