SIU update investigation on death of woman

Cheryl Sanders
May 29, 2020

"I asked the police yesterday if they would take my daughter to CAMH, and my daughter ended up dead", an emotional Claudette Korchinski-Beals said at a news conference outside of the High Park apartment Thursday evening, steps from a growing memorial for her daughter. "She's a Christian woman, she's not doing suicide, that ain't what we do, we don't do that, we ain't killing ourselves, that's number one, 100 per cent", a man who said he was a cousin of Korchinski-Paquet, told reporters Wednesday.

According to initial reports from the SIU, at around 5:15 pm on May 27, Toronto police officers responded to a domestic incident at an apartment building on High Park Avenue, in the area of Glenlake Avenue. "When her brother attempted to get her, he was stopped by police from entering the unit", explained Singh.

They are then said to have heard Regis cry out "Mom help! Mom help! Mom help!" before everything went silent. She then headed back into her unit to use the washroom.

However, Toronto Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam has questioned the SIU's ability to investigate the incident.

"How can a call for assistance turn into a loss of life?"

The Special Investigations Unit has stated in a press release that they are "aware of allegations made by certain family members of the deceased" and are looking to speak to anyone with any information.

"The family is extremely concerned that in recent times, people with mental health, distress issues across North America are ending up dead after interactions with the police", he continued.

Toronto's police union expressed its concerns Friday about what it called unfounded allegations that officers pushed the woman off her balcony.

He did make it clear, however, that the family does not believe the young woman would have jumped on her own.

In a statement to the media, the family's lawyer described Korchinski-Paquet's last moments alive.

Singh said that she had "used her skills to teach children and give back".

The 29-year-old is survived by her mother, father, three sisters, one brother and 12 nieces and nephews.

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