One man arrested in stabbing death of former George Brown College student, police searching for second suspect
Kiowa Wind McComb, 20, has been identified by police as the victim of the city’s thirteenth homicide.
“A beautiful young warrior, former student of George Brown College. He will be remembered in loving ways for his kind and gently spirit and how his presence will always be felt when we recall our former students,” said a post on the college’s Sahkitcheway Student Centre’s Facebook page.
According to police, they received a call about a stabbing at Gucci’s Bar and Grill at 1693 Jane Street at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9. When the arrived they found McComb and another man with stab wounds, they were taken to the hospital where McComb later died. A 23 year-old man has non-life threatening injuries.
Police stopped a taxi in the area where the stabbing happened and arrested Andre Appleton, 35, who is charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder.
Police are still searching for a second suspect who left the taxi before police arrived and are reviewing security camera footage in the area to identify them.
McComb was working as the indigenous youth intern at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).
“Kiowa will be remembered as an emerging arts leader who inspired all those he met with his quiet determination and commitment to better his life, and the lives of others through education,” said a statement on the ROM’s website.
The ROM has announced the establishment of the Kiowa Wind McComb Internship and will be hosting a celebration of his life on Friday, Feb. 12 in collaboration with the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto. The school entrance doors on Queen’s Park will open at 4 p.m. and the service will begin at 5 p.m. in the ROM’s Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre.
There is also a Sacred Fire Memorial For Kiowa Wind McComb on Thursday, Feb. 11 from noon to 9 p.m. at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.
Donations for the family are being accepted at both events.