Police are asking residents to be aware of their surroundings. Two recent Toronto Rexdale murders may have a link, prompting police to say there might be a serial killer on the loose. Authorities are currently investigating if this is in fact the case.
Toronto police are now looking closely at two recent homicides in which a homeless man and a mosque volunteer were both murdered within 5 kilometres of each other, a few days apart.
A press conference was held on Monday to bring awareness to the situation.
Police told Narcity that it is still too early to confirm anything, but no possibilities can be ruled out.
"In terms of if we think the murders are linked, it is too early to say if they are connected but at this stage, we cannot rule it out as a possibility."
When asked about whether the homicides were the work of a serial killer, Inspector Hank Idsinga replied, "if the two homicides are connected, then that would be the case, yes," Newstalk1010 reports.
He went on to say that this is a real issue they are exploring at this moment.
"I don't want to raise any fear or any panic, I just want people to be aware that this is something that we're looking at, the possibility that these are connected.
"We need people to be aware of their surroundings."
Footage has been released of one of the homicides in which 58-year-old Mohamed-Aslim Zafis was murdered on Saturday, September 12 while sitting outside of a mosque where he volunteered.
At 8:40 p.m., "the suspect approached the area and stabbed the man once," states the report.
The stabbing murder of Rampreet (Peter) Singh is the other case that may be linked to the same person.
On September 7, a jogger found Singh's body "under the Highway 27 Bridge, just south of Humber College Boulevard," says the police report.
He was in his late 30s, of no fixed address, and had been living under the bridge in recent months, according to police.
Anyone with information on these murders is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400.