Weekend stabbing marks Toronto's first homicide of 2019

Jan 7 2019, 9:58 pm

A Toronto man was stabbed to death over the weekend, marking the city’s first homicide of 2019.

Ian Dyer, 36, died of a single stab wound to his upper body in a Scarborough apartment building early Sunday.

According to authorities, police responded to a call for a stabbing the Danforth Avenue and Midland Avenue area on Sunday, January 6 after 12 am.

Upon arrival, police and paramedics located a man with obvious signs of trauma to the upper body, in life-threatening conditions.

Police say Dyer had no vital signs and attempts were made to save his life, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact police at 416-808-4100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or online.


Ian Dyer/Toronto Police

Dyer’s death follows a record-setting year riddled with violence in Toronto. In 2018, the city recorded 96 homicides, surpassing the previous record of 89 set in 1991.

At a year-end press conference in late December, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told members of the media he hoped 2019 would be different.

When questioned about whether he expects that 2019 will bring similar numbers of homicide deaths, Saunders said that “this is a year like no other year,” taking into account mass-casualty incidents such as the Toronto van-attack that occurred in April.

“I’m certainly not looking for another year like that,” Saunders said. “I’m not looking at an upward trend.”

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