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’
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