First-degree murder charge after woman stabbed

A man has been arrested for murder after a woman was stabbed in the Christie Pits area on Wednesday.

Police allege two people were having a verbal altercation that turned physical and the man stabbed the woman.

Officers responded shortly after 5 p.m. to a call about a stabbing in the area of Bloor Street West and Shaw Street, according to a police news release this morning.

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A woman was found unconscious and suffering from injuries. Despite the efforts of paramedics to revive her, the woman was pronounced dead on the scene.

A man was arrested and taken to hospital with injuries, police said.

The deceased has been identified as Tigist Takle, 31, of Toronto.

Other media have reported she worked at a restaurant and bar on Bloor Street West where the incident occurred.

Samuel Girmatsion, 36, of Toronto, was charged with first-degree murder.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 19 via video.