Mosque stabbing may be linked to other homicide

Toronto police said in a tweet that the man was stabbed in the neck. He later died on scene

In a news release issued on Sunday, police said they were called to a home on King George Road, in the area of Church Street and Weston Road, shortly after 2:30 p.m. for a reported stabbing.

A volunteer caretaker at a Toronto mosque is dead after an assailant stabbed him in the neck.

The Toronto Police Service is urging residents of an Etobicoke community to "be aware of their surroundings" as they investigate a possible link between two deadly stabbings.

The homicide unit has taken over the investigation.

Idsinga says the most recent homicide took place on Saturday evening while 58-year-old Mohamed-Aslim Zafis was seated outside the mosque controlling entry to the building in order to comply with public health protocols.

They say they then found 59-year-old Iva Barcelos with multiple stab wounds inside the house.

Police say the suspect, a slim man wearing a black hoodie and dark trousers, was seen fleeing the scene on foot.

The veteran cop said that he couldn't get into specifics regarding the similarities between both killings, but confirmed that the victims were of "similar ethnicities". Officers believe Singh was homeless and had been living there for some time.

"In a declaration, the firm said that they are" profoundly saddened and stunned" to find out about the episode.

So far, no suspect information has been released in the first homicide but a suspect description and surveillance camera footage has been released by officials in connection with the second case.

He's described as having a slim build and was wearing a black hoodie and dark trousers.

Homicide detectives are asking people to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious behaviour.



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