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Man accused in Toronto mosque killing makes brief court appearance

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TORONTO — The man accused of killing a 58-year-old man outside a Toronto mosque has made a brief court appearance by video.

Guilherme (William) Von Neutegem has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mohamed-Aslim Zafis.

Police allege Von Neutegem stabbed Zafis to death on Sept. 12 while the volunteer at the International Muslim Organization ensured worshippers followed COVID-19 rules.

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The mosque, which reopened Friday, has called on police to investigate the killing as a hate crime.

Investigators have said they have not ruled out Von Neutegem in the investigation into another stabbing death that occurred in the city five days earlier.

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He is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 5.

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