Update: Post-mortem concludes stabbing as cause of death in Regent Park homicide

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Natasha Perez is Toronto’s 18th homicide victim this year.

(Toronto Police Service / Handout)

TORONTO – A post-mortem examination has determined a stab wound to the neck resulted in Toronto’s 18th homicide this year, according to a Toronto Police Service news release Sunday afternoon.

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Brian Harte, 42, is being charged with the second-degree murder of 28-year-old Natasha Perez.

Harte appeared in court briefly on Sunday before being remanded into custody. His next court appearance will be via video broadcast at College Park Court on April 9.

Police responded to a call for unknown trouble at 5:53 a.m. Saturday morning at 220 Oak St. in the Gerrard St. E and River St. area.

Officers found Perez’s body in an apartment on the 24th floor of  the building.

Police previously reported that a woman, now identified as Perez, had suffered from “obvious trauma.”

They also said that the suspect who was arrested, now identified as Harte, made a 911 call to police which contains what could be incriminating evidence.

The community-housing building where the incident took place is in the Regent Park neighbourhood, which is currently under revitalization.

A man was shot multiple times in the same building in February.

With files from The Canadian Press

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