Homi­cide vic­tim ‘great son,’ dad says

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - FRONT PAGE - JONATHAN JUHA - The Lon­don Free Press

A young Lon­don fa­ther and aspir­ing tat­too artist was friends with the man ac­cused in his fa­tal stab­bing, a fam­ily mem­ber says.

“He was a good kid, a great son,” Mike Baltzis said of his son Ni­cholas Baltzis, 25, who died in hos­pi­tal af­ter he was stabbed Sun­day evening.

“He al­ways had a smile on his face and he was al­ways will­ing to help any­one. All you had to do was ask.”

Ni­cholas Baltzis was stabbed at about 7 p.m. at 740 Notre Dame Dr. in south­west Lon­don.

Karl Hall­man, 28, of Lon­don is charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in Baltzis’ death, Lon­don’s first homi­cide of 2019.

The el­der Baltzis said his son lived in the Notre Dame Drive home with his mom and was ren­o­vat­ing the house to get it ready to be sold.

He said Hall­man was help­ing his son do some of the work.

“They knew each other, and Nico con­sid­ered him a friend,” Baltzis said. “He was there to help Nico clean the house, and I don’t know what hap­pened af­ter that.”

Though he said his son had a “dif­fi­cult” past, Baltzis said his son had been work­ing hard since the birth of his daugh­ter, now four, to bet­ter him­self and move for­ward with his life.

“The past four years, he was re­ally putting in an ef­fort to make things right for him­self, for his daugh­ter and those he loved,” he said. “And he was do­ing it. He was get­ting there, and then this hap­pened. I don’t know how to ex­plain this. “I’m numbed. I’m shocked.” Baltzis said his son was a big movie buff, who also loved mu­sic and spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends. He is sur­vived by his mother and two brothers, ages eight and 23, and his four-yearold daugh­ter.

A cou­ple of po­lice cruis­ers, as well as a foren­sic van, were out­side the Notre Dame Drive du­plex on Tues­day morn­ing. The build­ing re­mained cor­doned off with yel­low tape.

Foren­sic of­fi­cers and in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the Lon­don po­lice ma­jor crime unit spent most of the day Mon­day search­ing for ev­i­dence.

Hall­man made a brief court ap­pear­ance Mon­day in a Lon­don court­room and is ex­pected to ap­pear by video on Wed­nes­day.

Ni­cholas Baltzis

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