T.O. po­lice say they’ve ID’d sus­pects in U.S. man’s death

‘The de­tec­tive has given them the op­por­tu­nity to . . . turn them­selves in’

Toronto Star - - NEWS - AZZURA LALANI AND SOPHIE VAN BASTELAER STAFF RE­PORTERS

Po­lice say they’ve iden­ti­fied sus­pects in the killing of a 26-year-old Bal­ti­more man out­side a down­town bar on early Satur­day, and are giv­ing them the chance to turn them­selves in.

“The de­tec­tive (in charge of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion) has pic­tures of and in­for­ma­tion about the sus­pects and has given them the op­por­tu­nity to con­tact lawyers and to turn them- selves in,” said po­lice spokesper­son David Hop­kin­son.

Early on Satur­day, 26-year-old Ju­lian Jones was punched and kicked in the head out­side Blnd Tger on Col­lege St. He died en route to hos­pi­tal.

Jones’ friends and fam­ily are in mourn­ing af­ter his sud­den death.

“There are a cou­ple things I had hoped I would never have to tol­er­ate and one was the death of one of my chil­dren,” To­bias Jones, the vic­tim’s fa­ther, told the Bal­ti­more Sun. “This is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult.”

Grow­ing up, Jones was al­ways a “peace­maker” who could “get peo­ple to set­tle down” if they were in an ar­gu­ment, his fa­ther said.

That he would be caught up in a deadly fight doesn’t make sense, he said. Jones’ mother, So­nia, died a few years ago in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent, a dev­as­tat­ing loss for the fam­ily, in­clud­ing Jones’ 18-year-old sis­ter, Kayla, and 23-year-old brother, Justin, his fa­ther said.

“I had fi­nally got­ten bet­ter at deal­ing with the death of his mother” he said be­fore trail­ing off.

To­bias Jones said his sis­ter called Satur­day morn­ing to tell him that some­thing had hap­pened to his son.

Then Jones’ fi­ancée Shenel Dar­den called, dis­traught, and said she was out­side his apart­ment with a cou­ple of her fam­ily mem­bers and that they had to talk, he said. He said he knew in­stantly what that meant. “My God, I fell to my knees.” Jones was vis­it­ing Toronto for a bach­e­lor party and had been in Toronto for two days. It was when he left the bar that the at­tack oc­curred.

“It’s gen­er­ally pretty safe,” Gabriel Wightwick, an em­ployee at The Big Chill, an ice cream par­lour across from the Blnd Tger, said of the area.

Po­lice have re­leased a de­scrip­tion of the two sus­pects in­volved — one sus­pect is de­scribed as a 26 to 27year-old slimly built white male in a black shirt and black pants; while the sec­ond sus­pect is de­scribed as a 26 to 27-year-old black male with a full beard and build like a foot­ball player. With files from Hina Alam

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