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Arrest made in connection to murder of Rexdale mosque volunteer

Last Updated Sep 18, 2020 at 9:27 pm EDT

Guilherme “William” Von Neutegem, 34, is charged with first-degree murder. Instagram

An arrest has been made in connection with the stabbing death of a Rexdale mosque volunteer.

Toronto police Inspector Hank Idsinga says homicide detectives arrested a 34-year-old man Friday morning.

Guilherme “William” Von Neutegem, 34, of Toronto has been charged with one count of first-degree murder.

58-year-old Mohamed-Aslim Zafis was stabbed to death last Saturday evening while sitting in a chair outside the International Muslim Organization mosque near Kipling Ave. and Rexdale Blvd.

Zafis was controlling entry to the building in order to comply with public health protocols.

Idsinga says there is no known motive for the attack and no past relationship between the suspect and the victim.

He would not comment on whether Neutegem was known to police.

Idsinga says while detectives are exploring every possibility, Neutegem is not yet a suspect in any other murder investigations.

Police had said this homicide may be connected to the murder of Rampreet Singh, a homeless man in his 30s who was stabbed to death just days earlier in the same area of the city.

The IMO mosque will be hosting a vigil Saturday night at 5 p.m.

They will be thanking the Toronto Police Service for their diligent investigation as well as calling on investigators to look into whether this was a hate-motivated homicide.

 

 

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