Police Renew Calls for Public’s Help Solving Cabbagetown Slaughter
Tuesday will mark three weeks since Eritrean native Nighisti Semret was brutally attacked and killed in Cabbagetown.
Toronto Police have been hitting the pavement and are even taking the surveillance footage of the suspect to the people in the community thanks to donated tablets.
Police say on the morning of October 23rd a man followed Semret as she walked home through a laneway in the Ontario Street and Winchester Street area. Semret had just left her job as an overnight supervisor at a nearby hotel. Moments later Semret was dying in a pool of blood after being brutally stabbed numerous times.
Investigators still believe the suspect, who was captured on surveillance tape following Semret as she walked home, frequents the Cabbagetown area.
"You know I would be surprised to find out that somebody came from east Scarborough to the area for that purpose. And even to add to it, the time of day and the pouring rain and the unique demographics in the area, I still maintain that. So that's why our focus is all down there and that's why the four officers I have are all from 51 Division."said lead investigator Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux.
Investigators don't believe Semret Nighisti knew her attacker, but because she lead a private life, according to co-workers, detectives are still looking into the 55-year-old's "lifestyle".
The suspect is described as a white man, 5’10” to 6’2”, 150 to 200 lbs., with a medium build and wearing a ¾-length dark coat that buttons up the front, a dark hat with reflective material with a peak and dark shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact D/Sgt. Gary Giroux at 416-808-7387 or the Homicide Squad at 416-808-7400.
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