Mur­der counts hit home

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Two of four peo­ple charged in the slay­ing of a Lon­don man 10 days ago had lived with him in the weeks be­fore his death, The Free Press has learned.

Po­lice have charged three men and one woman with first-de­gree mur­der in the fa­tal stab­bing of Ray­mond Beaver, 43, who was killed dur­ing a home in­va­sion at his east Lon­don home last week.

Beaver’s niece, Melissa Ge­orge, and her boyfriend, Daniel Ca­vanagh, spent a month liv­ing at the Lans­downe Av­enue home where Beaver was killed, fam­ily mem­bers and neigh­bours said.

The cou­ple, both now charged in the deadly stab­bing, were kicked out of the house ear­lier this month, said Beaver’s cousin, Lucy Car­ri­gan, adding po­lice were called to help them re­trieve their be­long­ings.

Tight-lipped po­lice wouldn’t say whether they went to the Lans­downe Av­enue home be­fore last week’s homi­cide. “We can’t con­firm any fur­ther de­tails re­lated to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­cause it’s be­fore the courts,” Const. San­dasha Bough said Wednesday.

Don­ald (Donny) Solomon, the part­ner of Beaver’s late mother, was rent­ing the two-storey house and liv­ing there with Beaver, his 13-year-old daugh­ter, his un­cle and his un­cle’s girl­friend.

“So many peo­ple lived there,” said a neigh­bour, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied.

No­body has re­turned to the yel­low-sided house since more than a dozen po­lice ve­hi­cles swooped in shortly be­fore mid­night Oct. 2.

A piece of ply­wood cov­ers a back win­dow that was bro­ken dur­ing the home in­va­sion. Shards of glass lit­ter the ground.

James Lynette said he was the last per­son inside the house be­fore po­lice cor­doned off the scene.

Lynette, 35, was at his house on nearby Nel­son Street when a fran­tic woman showed up at his door ask­ing for help.

That woman, he said, was the girl­friend of Beaver’s un­cle, Ge­orge Janes.

Lynette said he jumped in his truck and drove one block to Beaver’s house, where he saw Janes stag­ger­ing down the street.

“He looked hurt. He had blood all down his head,” Lynette said.

Janes, 47, pre­vi­ously said he was sleep­ing up­stairs at his nephew’s when mul­ti­ple peo­ple burst into the house and stabbed Beaver in the neck.

While fight­ing off mul­ti­ple in­trud­ers, Janes said he was struck in the head with a pipe, leav­ing him with a large gash on his scalp.

Lynette said he went into the house and found Beaver mo­tion­less on the ground in the base­ment liv­ing room, just out­side his bed­room.

The mem­ory of find­ing his friend dead brought Lynette to tears Wednesday.

“I needed to go to the funeral yes­ter­day so I could see him in a dif­fer­ent way than I found him,” said Lynette, whose daugh­ter is a close friend to Beaver’s child.

Also charged with first-de­gree mur­der is Ni­cholas Ge­orge, the son of Beaver’s niece, Melissa Ge­orge, and Peter Townsend, the boyfriend of Beaver’s ex-girl­friend, Lisa Sager, who is charged with as­sault with a weapon and break and en­ter.

Two teens, nei­ther of whom can be iden­ti­fied un­der the youth jus­tice law, are also charged with break and en­ter in the home in­va­sion.

Lynette wel­comed the news that po­lice have charged seven peo­ple, but said it’s lit­tle con­so­la­tion.

“Clo­sure is hard to come by at this point,” he said.

Ge­orge

Ca­vanagh

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