Christopher Skinner: Police release more details in investigation of 2009 murder
ABOVE: Police release more details in the 2009 murder of Christopher Skinner. Lama Nicolas reports.
TORONTO – For the fourth consecutive year, a Toronto Police detective has appealed for more information into the murder of Christopher Skinner.
And on Friday, Det. Sgt. Stacy Gallant revealed police now know the make, model and colour of the SUV used to run over Skinner as he lay on the ground.
Police, however, are not releasing the make, model and colour of the SUV to the public.
Gallant said investigators will be using various avenues to contact people who may have owned a similar SUV at the time of the killing.
Skinner was killed on October 18, 2009 after spending the night in the entertainment district celebrating his younger sister’s birthday. He was trying to hail a cab on Adelaide Street near Victoria Street when he inadvertently came into contact with a passing car, Gallant said.
The driver and passengers of the car got out and assaulted Skinner. As he was laying injured on the ground, Gallant said, his assaulters got back into the SUV and drove over him.
“It’s very important for the citizens of Toronto to know that we don’t give up on these cases, we keep going forward,” Gallant said. “This impacts downtown Toronto, this impacts the entertainment district, we can’t have people thinking it’s ok to do what they’ve done and get away with it.”
So far, police have not yet identified any suspects involved in the incident.
But Gallant said Friday that he would be pursuing charges against not just the driver of the vehicle but “anyone over the past four years” who helped the driver escape arrest.
Last year, police announced an additional $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Skinner’s death.
The family has already collected over $100,000 to offer as a reward.
Skinner’s family has set up a Facebook page and started a social media campaign using the hashtag #findchriskiller to try to help further the investigation.
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