Man charged with 2nd degree murder in death of Toronto DJ

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WATCH ABOVE: (May 15) Peter Elie, a Toronto DJ, is being remembered after his body was discovered following what investigators have described as a suspicious fire. – May 15, 2020

Toronto police say a man has been arrested and charged after the death of a local DJ earlier this week.

Police said they were called to an apartment building in the area of Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday.

Officers said there was a fire in the laundry room of an apartment building and they located a man with signs of trauma.

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He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was later identified 52-year-old Peter Elie, a local DJ who was remembered by friends as a pillar in the Church and Wellesley community.

“He had nothing but nice things to say about everybody,” Nick Spagnola, who laid flowers in front of the bar where he worked with Elie, told Global News.

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On Thursday morning, police released a security image of a suspect wanted in connection with Elie’s death.

Police have since said 27-year-old Rico Harvey was arrested on Friday and charged with second degree murder.

He was scheduled to appear in court Saturday.

— With files from Albert Delitala

Police release this photo of a suspect. Handout / Toronto Police

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