Police say recent Rexdale homicides might be connected

Cheryl Sanders
September 16, 2020

Toronto police are warning that two recent fatal stabbing attacks could be by the same perpetrator and motivated by racial hated.

At the time of the 2018 charge, Tiberio Barcelos's address was listed at the same King George Road home in Weston Village where his parents, Joao Barcelos, 64, and Iva Barcelos, 59, were found by police Saturday afternoon with multiple stab wounds.

A man in his 60s is dead after a stabbing in Rexdale on Saturday evening, Toronto paramedics said.

The Toronto Police Service is urging residents of an Etobicoke community to "be aware of their surroundings" as they investigate a possible link between two deadly stabbings.


The police's homicide unit is probing the incident, CBS reported.

According to a police statement, the man was working as a volunteer caretaker at the mosque and had been in a chair outside the front doors ensuring that anyone entering was complying with COVID-19 health regulations.

When they arrived at the scene, they found a man (victim #1) with multiple stab wounds outside of the residence.

The victims were died at the scene.


Li said Tiberio did not reside in the home at the time of the incident.

While they can't yet say for certain that the homicides are linked, Insp.

When asked by a reporter if the culprit could be a serial killer, Idsinga stated that "if the two homicides are connected, then that would be the case, yes".

Suspect information has yet to be released for Singh's killer, while the person believed to have killed Zafis (surveillance footage of whom can be viewed here) is described as roughly five foot six and 130 pounds.


Homicide detectives are asking people to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious behaviour.

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