Police suspect Fawell, 24, was killed Thursday sometime after 9:30 p.m., his body dumped in Jimmie Simpson Park in the city’s east end. While police say the victim likely knew his killer, they haven’t arrested any suspects.
Attackers beat Giroux for a sustained period of time, possibly after death, causing both blunt force and sharp-object trauma. Fawell’s hands were bound behind his back when his body was found, Giroux added.
“The event may not be a hugely significant one, but it certainly was to the offenders,” Giroux said, adding that the attacker or attackers likely come from the east-end of Toronto. “He clearly had baggage with someone.”
Community outreach workers found Fawell’s body on Friday morning beside train tracks that run through the park, near Queen St. E. and Broadview Ave. The area is frequented by homeless people, police say, however Fawell himself was not homeless.Having grown up in Toronto, Fawell was well-known to others in the east-end area, Giroux said.
Family members spoke fondly of the young man.
“He was on his feet,” Fawell said. “He loved to hang out with friends and family and he loved playing with my one-year-old son. They would play for hours and hours and then he’d be like, ‘Okay, I’m done now, I’m leaving.’”
Fawell is Toronto’s 34th homicide victim this year.