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Toronto police identify victim after fatal stabbing in Weston

Police have identified David Blacquiere, 54, of Angus, Ont., as Toronto's 54th homicide victim. Handout / Toronto Police Service

Toronto police have identified the man who was fatally stabbed in Toronto’s Weston area in broad daylight on Tuesday.

Officers responded to multiple reports of a stabbing near Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue West around 11:50 a.m. and had located a man in medical distress. The man was rushed to a trauma centre in critical condition and was later pronounced dead.

He has since been identified by police as 54-year-old David Blacquiere of Angus, Ont., located east of the Innisfil area.

Investigators said at a press conference on Wednesday evening that they believe two altercations occurred between a suspect and the victim at two scenes in close proximity to each other.

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“One within the motor vehicle that we have at the scene and a second one just outside of the motor vehicle. That altercation turned physical and unfortunately, Mr. Blacquiere was stabbed multiple times,” said Det. Rob North.

The suspect is described as a man about 20 to 30 years old, standing approximately six-feet tall with a medium build.

Second suspect wanted

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Police are also searching for a man wanted for accessory after the fact to murder.

Demetrius McFarquhar, 24, of Toronto, was identified by police on Wednesday evening and is also wanted on charges of attempting to obstruct justice and failing to comply with recognizance.

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“I’m requesting that Mr. McFarquhar contact a lawyer, again. We are aware that he has spoken to a lawyer in the past. We urge Mr. McFarquhar to attend the nearest police station to turn himself in so that we can speak to him,” said North.

Demetrius McFarquhar, 24, of Toronto is wanted in connection with a fatal stabbing in Weston on Tuesday.
Demetrius McFarquhar, 24, of Toronto is wanted in connection with a fatal stabbing in Weston on Tuesday. Handout / Toronto Police Service

Police have obtained a large amount of surveillance video of the stabbing in their investigation.

It’s believed the second suspect assisted the offender in fleeing the scene of a homicide at 1995 Weston Road and a secondary scene located by police at 2222 Weston Road.

Police have not yet determined whether the suspects and victim were known to each other.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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