Police probe three deaths in GTA

Homicide detectives are busy after three people were killed in the GTAbetween Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, including a 69-year-oldman found stabbed in an east Toronto home.
Published : January 28, 2010

Homicide detectives are busy after three people were killed in the GTA between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, including a 69-year-old man found stabbed in an east Toronto home.

Investigations include:

•Hans Meier, 69, was found critically stabbed in the stomach around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday in a home on Victoria Park Ave. near Paget Rd., north of Ellesmere Ave. E.

Meier later died in hospital.

His daughter, Adrienne Meier said he had just come home from hospital and had difficulty breathing. He was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a lung ailment, and used an oxygen tank.

“Whoever killed him was a coward. My dad couldn’t have fought back,” Meier said.

She said her father lived in a rooming house with three other men, but none were in their 20s. Police have charged Kyle Laybolt, 21, with first-degree murder.

The relationship between Meier and the accused is unclear.

Adrienne Meier added: “My dad was a handsome man, 6-foot-six and just, really, a nice guy.”

The victim’s former wife, Myra Meier, said she had lost touch with him after they parted in the mid-1970s but “he was a very good man.”

They both hailed from Germany and had met in a German club in Toronto in 1963. He had been a pressman at communications company Maclean-Hunter, she said.

Meier is survived by his two daughters, grandchildren and extended family in Germany.

The slaying was Toronto’s fourth homicide of 2010.

•In York region’s first homicide of the year, a 52-year-old man has been charged with murder after a 48-year-old woman was found dead Tuesday night in a Richmond Hill apartment.

Officers found the woman with no vital signs in an apartment on Weldrick Rd. W., near Yonge St. and Carrville Rd., at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, said York region police Const. Rebecca Boyd.

The victim was pronounced dead and a man was taken into police custody at the scene.

Efim Klimovich is charged with second-degree murder.

•Less than eight hours after the discovery of that body in Richmond Hill, York region homicide officers were called to a Newmarket GO bus station, where a man’s body was found with “suspicious” injuries.

A passerby had found the body in the parking lot and called police at about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

“It appears suspicious at this time,” said York regional police Insp. Chris Bullen.

The identity of the victim is unknown because he had no identification.

Police describe him as a white male, age 45 to 50, heavy build, 200 to 225 pounds, with long, thin receding black hair and recent hair plugs on top of his head. He was wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt, black running shoes and a baseball cap.

A post-mortem examination is scheduled for Thursday.

The GO bus station in Newmarket was closed for several hours Wednesday as homicide and forensic officers combed the scene.

Police are searching for witnesses, and asking anyone who was in the area or know what happened to the man to contact them at 905-773-1221.

The parking lot is frequently used by taxi drivers in the overnight hours as a spot to wait for calls, and police are hoping cabbies may have seen or heard something there early Wednesday morning.

•In Brampton, police plan to upgrade an aggravated assault charge against a man accused of a Sunday shooting after the victim died in hospital Tuesday.

Vachon Tatchell, 21, was shot at a home on Mordon Court around 8:50 p.m.

Kevin Phillips, a 22-year-old Brampton man and the victim’s roommate, is to appear in court on Feb. 3.

Before police can charge Phillips with second-degree murder, the aggravated assault charge has to be formally dropped, said Peel police Const. J.P. Valade.

Police say the two men had a confrontation on the night of the shooting.

Friends and family members posted messages on a Facebook memorial page created for Tatchell.

His aunt, Trina Tatchell, who created the Facebook page, wrote “RIP hunnie we love u and will forever be missed.”

“Sometimes the unthinkable comes our way without warning, and this was one of them,” another person wrote in a post.

 
 
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