Mother, sons identified as Thorncliffe Park murder victims

Police make link with man they believe leaped from Leaside Bridge

A mother and her two young sons are three of the four people found dead in what police are indicating could be a triple murder-suicide in Thorncliffe Park.

Police discovered the bodies of 43-year-old Zahra Mohamoud Abdille and sons Faris Abdille, 13, and Zain Abdille, 8, in a third-floor apartment at 85 Thorncliffe Park Dr. just before 5 p.m. on Nov. 29.

About three hours earlier a man, who has yet to be named by police, fell to his death from nearby Leaside Bridge onto the Don Valley Parkway. After two days of refusing to connect the homicides with the death of a man on the DVP, police did so late Monday in a news release, saying they are still working with Traffic Service’s hit-and-run section on the investigation.

Police also confirmed the three bodies found in the apartment are victims of homicide, but did not reveal a cause of death.

A strong police and media presence was still in place Monday afternoon at the building where the homicide victims were found.

Mohamoud Abdille and her two sons are Toronto’s 51st, 52nd and 53rd homicides of the year.

It is the first triple homicide in Toronto since July 2013. Alexander Khalilov, then 22, was arrested following a standoff with police near his Etobicoke home and charged with the murders of his mother, aunt and uncle.

Prior to that, Toronto had not recorded a triple homicide since 2008.

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Posted: Dec 2 2014 9:34 am
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Edition: Toronto