Toronto Sun

Saturday, October 12, 2002

Dad slain on trip to tot

Neighbours of victim's child say attacker was 'angry at the world'

By JONATHAN KINGSTONE, TORONTO SUN

A father coming to visit his young child was stabbed to death in a Scarborough highrise yesterday, apparently by a young man described as being "angry at the world."

The victim, in his early 20s, was attacked at 11 a.m. in a hallway in the Burnhill Rd. apartment building, near Warden Ave. and Danforth Rd.

Emergency crews worked desperately to revive the wounded father, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital.

A large kitchen knife was left on the floor of the 16th-floor hall, where the attack occurred.

PAIR ARRESTED

A 17-year-old girl and a young man, whose age was not revealed, were arrested at the scene. Toronto Police homicide investigators were not available to comment on whether charges had been laid.

Fellow residents said the 17-year-old is the mother of the victim's child, a two- or three-year-old. They were uncertain of the child's gender.

"The father was trying to see his baby," said Bill, a third-floor tenant who asked that his last name not be used.

"He was always coming to see his kid," Bill said. "He didn't give up on his family."

'BAD ATTITUDE'

Bill and his wife, Penny, who spoke often with the two arrested people, said the attacker was troubled.

"The young kid was angry at the world," Bill said. "He had a bad attitude."

The couple alleged he had been seen abusing his pet, a pit bull.

"He doesn't like a lot of people, like they owe him something," Penny said. "We've tried to give him advice, but he didn't want to take it."

The victim and the child's mom had problems in the past, but the teen was devoted to the tot, Bill and Penny said.

"I see her all the time and she was always very pleasant," Penny said of the young mom. "The (child) seemed to be very well cared for. You could tell the mother loves her."

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