Man struck by Via train charged with murder
Toronto Community Housing special constables maintained a presence in the Danzig St. townhouse complex Saturday, May 10, 2015 after a woman was found slain the night before. CHRIS DOUCETTE/TORONTO SUN
Cheryl Colbert was home in her Danzig St. housing complex on the day of the city’s worst ever mass shooting in 2012, so she thought she’d seen it all.
But on Friday she was sitting out front of her townhouse enjoying a beautiful sunny day that was suddenly shattered around 4 p.m. by the terrifying cries of a teenage girl — the daughter of the city’s latest murder victim.
“She was screaming, ‘Help me my mom is dead,’” Colbert said Saturday, recalling the ordeal.
She and another neighbour rushed down to the girl’s home a few doors away, Unit 193, and stepped into a nightmare.
“We found her mother on the kitchen floor,” Colbert said. “There was blood everywhere.”
She said the mother of three wasn’t breathing and the blood was “already drying.”
“It looked to me like she had been stabbed,” Colbert said, adding there were “a lot” of wounds.
She immediately called 911 while the other neighbour did her best to comfort the slain woman’s daughter who was “hysterical.”
Toronto Police believe the dead woman, the city’s 14th murder victim of the year, was killed in an apparent “domestic situation.”
Investigators have determined man who was seriously injured when he jumped in front of a Via Rail train near the Guildwood GO station around 4:40 p.m. Friday is the woman’s ex-boyfriend, confirmed a Toronto Police source.
The man is now facing a charge of first-degree murder, the source said.
Investigators are expected to reveal further details at a news conference scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday.
The name of neither the accused nor the dead woman has been released.
Colbert, who only knew the victim “to say hi and bye,” said the woman moved into the complex about eight months ago.
The daughter who made the grisly discovery is about 14 years old and has two younger sisters, around 6 and 8, Colbert estimated.
The victim also had a boyfriend who visited the complex in the past and she now wonders if he’s the man who was hit the train, she said.
Colbert admits she had trouble sleeping Friday night because every time she closes her eyes she sees the slain woman. But it’s not the first time she’s had to endure a traumatic experience.
When gunfire erupted during a barbecue in her Danzig St. Toronto Community Housing Corp. complex on July 12, 2012, killing two and wounding 23 others, Colbert actually helped administer first aid to some of the victims.
“I’m just done with seeing everything,” Colbert said. “I want to just leave and live a peaceful life now.”