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.
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.
Loved ones pay respects at the IMO mosque on Rexdale near Kipling for caretaker, Mohamed-Aslim Zafis, who was fatally stabbed here. His death may be connected to the killing of a homeless man nearby, says @TPSHomicide, and both crimes may be hate-motivated. @680NEWS @CityNews pic.twitter.com/w0DmyQ9F3T
— Mark Douglas (@Douglas680NEWS) September 14, 2020
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.
Homicide detectives are asking people to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious behaviour.