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Police say recent Rexdale homicides might be connected

Last Updated Sep 15, 2020 at 5:43 am EDT

A Toronto police cruiser is seen in an undated photo. CITYNEWS/Dilshad Burman

Toronto Police say they’re investigating two fatal stabbings in the Rexdale area that might be linked.

On Monday, September 7, shortly after 7 a.m., a jogger under the Highway 27 Bridge, just south of Humber College Boulevard, discovered a man with stab wounds.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

He has since been identified as Rampreet (Peter) Singh, a homeless man in his late 30s who had been living under a bridge on the West Humber Trail in recent months.

Toronto police say Rampreet (Peter) Singh was discovered by a jogger under the bridge. Officers believe Singh was homeless and had been living there for some time.

Then on Saturday at around 8:40 p.m., officers say a man, who was working as a caretaker for the IMO Mosque at 65 Rexdale Blvd., was found stabbed multiple times.

The victim has been identified by his family and police as 58-year-old Mohamed-Aslim Zafis of Toronto.

Lead detective Hank Idsinga says if the two homicides prove to be connected, investigators could be dealing with a serial killer.

“Both victims were stabbed and the incidents occurred within very close proximity of each other. In a nutshell, they are similar ethnicity’s,” Idsinga said. “I don’t want to raise any fear or panic I just want people to be aware this is something that we’re looking at, the possibility that these are connected.”

Officers have released a suspect photo and description as part of the second homicide, describing the individual as around 5-foot-6 and approximately 130 pounds.

Officers have released security footage of a suspect they say is connected to the murder of 58-year-old Mohamed-Aslim Zafis.

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

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