For the second time in a little over a week, Toronto’s Tamil community is calling for witnesses to come forward and help police solve the killing of one of their own.

A man in his 20s is dead after being attacked by up to five other men armed with various weapons in Scarborough just after the noon hour.

Toronto police were called to a plaza at 7 Bonis Ave., off Birchmount Road, north of Sheppard Avenue around 12:30 p.m. after someone called to say a fight had broken out.

Police found one person suffering from stab wounds, said Const. Wendy Drummond.

In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 11, Kristian Thanapalan was beaten to death by a group of Tamil youth and men, armed with baseball or cricket bats.

The 22-year-old had just finished playing volleyball in a park near Antrim Crescent, just three kilometres away from yesterday’s deadly attack.

“These killings must stop. There is no reason for people to get killed in Canada, it’s one of the safest countries in the world,” said David Poopalapillai, spokesperson for the Canadian Tamil Congress, who confirmed that police had identified the city’s most recent homicide victim as a Tamil man.

“All of the families who came here from Sri Lanka came here for their children’s welfare. We don’t want to see another losing a young life.”

Staff Sgt. Ron Reed said it is unclear what weapon was used to stab the most recent victim.
Hours after the incident, officers continued to probe the scene.

Witnesses told police that up to five men fled in a white, four-door, mid-size vehicle.

There are no descriptions of the suspects.

It is unclear what sparked the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-7400.