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Victim in fatal Etobicoke stabbing was trying to break up fight: police

Toronto police believe the city’s latest murder victim was trying to play the role of peacemaker when he was fatally stabbed outside of the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre in Etobicoke early Sunday morning.

Det. Sgt. Pauline Gray said the victim, 22-year-old Tenzin Tseten, was trying to break up a large fight that erupted in a parking lot outside the cultural centre on Titan Road near Islington Avenue and The Queensway at around 3:20 a.m.

The centre was packed for a Tibetan New Year celebration, and Gray believes there were 30-40 potential witnesses to the incident. She’s urging them to come forward.

“We have interviewed but a few of these people,” Gray said.

Another man was also stabbed during the brawl, but has been treated and released from hospital.

Tseten, who Gray said “was an employed young man with strong family ties,” was rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital where he died a short time later. Gray said the Toronto man died of a fatal stab wound to the chest.

Police believe one suspect is responsible for both stabbings. He’s described as a male between 17 and 20, with short dark hair. Gray said he “appears Tibetan.”  She also adds that he appears, “closer to 17 than 20.”

Gray doesn’t believe the killing was premeditated and says Tseten was not targeted.

“The victim went in to break up a fight between a group of other men and subsequently was stabbed.”