STILL ON THE RUN

Hamil­ton man is charged with mur­der in stab­bing of Kitch­ener woman

The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - JEFF HICKS KITCH­ENER — Water­loo Re­gion Record

A Hamil­ton man wanted in the stab­bing death of Kitch­ener woman faces mur­der charges and is be­lieved to still be on the run in the United States.

A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mur­der of 22-year-old Melinda Vasil­ije continued two days af­ter po­lice found the body of the as­pir­ing hair­styl­ist in­side her apart­ment at 38 Coun­try Hill Dr. Vasil­ije died of mul­ti­ple stab wounds, po­lice said Sun­day evening.

A Hamil­ton man, 24-year-old Ager Mohsin Hasan, is fac­ing sec­ond­de­gree mur­der charges in a case that po­lice de­scribed as a tar­geted at­tack. Hasan and Vasil­ije were known to each other and had been in con­tact on Fri­day.

Po­lice said, as of Sun­day evening, Hasan was still un­ac­counted for and be­lieved to be in the U.S. Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve Hasan’s black Honda HR-V had used the Peace Bridge to cross into Buf­falo Fri­day.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tors are con­tin­u­ing to li­aise with our U.S. law en­force­ment agen­cies,” Water­loo Re­gional Po­lice Insp. Mike Haffner said Sun­day evening.

Those who knew Vasil­ije well, like Dave Zo­erner, were still in shock over her death.

“She was such a kind, sweet kid,” said Zo­erner, a 55-year-old hair­styl­ist who took on Vasil­ije as an ap­pren­tice about three years ago.

“She wouldn’t hurt a fly. She was al­ways smil­ing. Peo­ple loved her.”

Most re­cently, Zo­erner said he and Vasil­ije worked to­gether at a sa­lon in a plaza at Ot­tawa Street and We­ber Street. But it closed in Oc­to­ber. He said Vasil­ije took a job as a cleaner and worked at a tan­ning sa­lon part-time.

A year ago, she got a car. Re­cently, she got an apart­ment.

Weeks ago, Zo­erner signed all her pa­pers so she could go and write her hair­styl­ist exam. Zo­erner said he isn’t sure if she ever did.

He last spoke to her on Wed­nes­day night. Zo­erner said she in­formed him she had bro­ken up with a boyfriend. By 3 a.m. on Fri­day, po­lice had been called to her apart­ment.

“You never think this is go­ing to hap­pen to any­body you know,” said Zo­erner, who re­called Vasil­ije was just a tod­dler when she would first visit the sa­lon he once had in Mar­ket Square with her mother.

“I watched her grow up. She turned into this beau­ti­ful kid.

“She’s go­ing to be missed,” said Zo­erner.

Mohsin Hasan

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