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Man, 34, charged in connection with Toronto’s first homicide of 2019

A stabbing in Toronto’s east end has left a 36-year-old man dead, marking the city’s first homicide of 2019. Jeremy Cohn / Global News

Toronto police say a 34-year-old man has been charged in connection with the city’s first homicide of 2019.

Officers were called to a Toronto Community Housing building near Gordonridge Place and Danforth Road around 12:30 a.m. Sunday for reports of a stabbing.

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When they arrived on the scene, police located 36-year-old Ian Dyer with a stab wound to his upper body inside an apartment on the 12th floor of the building.

He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The stabbing occurred in a building where violence has been common recently, leading to strong condemnation from Mayor John Tory and calls from residents for more resources to prevent future violence.

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On Tuesday, police announced that Leigh Ming of Toronto was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Ming appeared in a Toronto court Tuesday.

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