3 killed in domestic-related case in Durham, male suspect charged: police
Durham Regional Police say a suspect is facing multiple murder charges after two teens and a woman were killed in what officers describe as “domestic-related” homicides.
Police said they were called to a home on Hilling Drive, near Westney Road South and Lake Driveway West, at around 11 a.m. Wednesday by a woman who went to check on her female friend. When she went to the door, a man refused her entry before he left the area in a vehicle.
When police arrived on the scene, they found a 15-year-old boy dead. Later in the afternoon, police said a 39-year-old woman was also found dead in the home.
A 13-year-old girl was found with serious injuries. She was taken to a local hospital before being transferred to a Toronto trauma centre in life-threatening condition where she later died of her injuries.
Police said all three victims are related. The two teens were the woman’s children. A third sibling who lives at the home was at a friend’s house when the incident happened and was unharmed.
Meanwhile, the president of a Toronto minor hockey organization identified the 15-year-old in the incident as Roy Pejcinovski, a star goalie with the major bantam Don Mills Flyers.
Peter MacInnis said Pejcinovski’s death is a “tremendous loss” for the team, which is in the city finals to qualify to represent the Greater Toronto Area for the provincial championship.
“It’s tough for the players on the team, the parents, the staff – he was a great kid,” MacInnis said. “And his buddies on the team are 14 or 15, how do you deal with that?”
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MacInnis said the teen was a top player, who had promising prospects in next year’s Ontario Hockey League draft.
“He was an elite athlete, he was absolutely the team’s No. 1 goalie and he has been for several years,” he said, adding that grief counsellors were brought in at Wednesday night’s practice to break the news to Pejcinovski’s teammates.
MacInnis said the Flyers were scheduled to play Friday, but the team has asked the league to postpone the game as players cope with the loss of their goalie.
Investigators believe the man was in a relationship with the woman found inside the home, police said.
A vehicle used by the suspect was later found abandoned near Brock Road and Highway 401.
The man, who hasn’t been identified, is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday for a bail hearing.
Anyone with information is being asked to call police at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5418 or 5407, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.
— With files from The Canadian Press
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