Toronto Police arrested two men linked to the murder of Canadian media personality Jonathan “Johnny” Gayle-West this Friday. Gayle-West was found gunned down in a crashed car near Islington Avenue and St. Andrews Boulevard on December 12th last year. Police have charged two 18-year old men from Toronto with second-degree murder in connection to the crime; their names have yet to be released.
Gayle-West was perhaps best known as the announcer of Superkick’d, an independent wrestling organization famous for launching the careers of several WWE stars. Gayle was also a regular on Sportsnet’wrestlingng talk show After Math and worked behind the scenes as a producer on several big-name sports programs.
The 29-year old carved a place for himself in the sports world by working on several popular Canadian sport’s programs such as SportsCentre with Jay and Dan, BarDown and TSN 1050 radio. Those who worked with the producer described him as "goodhearted" and ambitious."
Upon hearing of his death, those who worked with Gayle flooded to social media to share memories of the “ambitious” sports fan whose roots lied deep in sports broadcasting.
“A tough day for the Sportsnet family. We lost our old friend Johnny Gayle aka Johnny G. Every time I saw him, I was met with a smile and a “Hey Reidsy!” He loved working in tv. Did an outstanding Dwane Casey impression, loved being on the tube talkin wrasslin” tweeted Sportsnet anchor Ken Reid.
A tough day for the @Sportsnet family. We lost our old friend Johnny Gayle aka Johnny G. Every time I saw him I was met with a smile and a “Hey Reidsy!” He loved working in tv. Did an outstanding Dwane Casey impression, loved being on the tube talkin wrasslin’ #RIP
Police initially took to Twitter to ask for the public's help in identifying those responsible for Gayle’s murder. Officers asked for anyone with information on the case to come forward and for anyone who spoke to the victim the day he was killed to make themselves known to police.
The death of Gayle marked Toronto's 93rd victim of a homicide in 2018, a record high for the city which saw 96 killed by gun violence that year.