Homicide victim ‘great son,’ dad says
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.