Witnesses were steps away when Kiowa McComb was killed: Police

Police release security camera footage of two witnesses they urge to come forward in the brutal murder of former GBC student Kiowa Wind McComb

Warning: This story contains graphic details of a violent crime. Readers’ discretion is advised. 

Toronto police have taken the rare step of releasing footage from security cameras to “shame” two witnesses into coming forward in the gruesome stabbing death of former GBC student Kiowa Wind McComb.

Police say that the man and woman they are looking for was at Gucci’s Bar & Grill, at 1693 Jane Street, on Feb. 9 when McComb and his brother Sarcee Lavalley were stabbed by Andre Appleton who is charged with murder and attempted murder.

“The male and female in the video were standing feet away from the stabbing and would have seen the entire event unfold in front of them,” said Homicide detective sergeant Gary Giroux.

Giroux said it was unfortunate that police had to release the images and that “doing the right thing for the right reason is something that we expect of all citizens of this city and we expect it of them to keep the city safe.” He hopes that the people in the video will come forward or that someone will tell police who they are so they can say what they saw that night.

In one of the videos released by police Giroux says that the male witness is “clearly shocked and horrified by what he sees because at one point and time he actually puts his hand on his face in relation to what he has seen on the sidewalk taking place right in front of him.”

What Giroux said they would have seen is McComb being stabbed in the neck and Lavalley being stabbed in the abdomen by Appleton and a “tremendous amount of bleeding at the scene.”

Giroux said that the witnesses would have then seen Appleton drag McComb’s body south on Jane street for 15 to 20 feet in a possible attempt to hide the body.

“The blood was trailing behind the body to the point where he had lost virtually all of the blood in his body,” said Giroux “At the time of autopsy the organs were pale and he had lost virtually everything that he had.”

“Kiowa was found on the sidewalk with no one around him when police arrived,” said Giroux.

Meanwhile, his brother who was in a “very serious condition, he could have very easily died, wandered off in a state of shock and was found knocking on a door of a resident within the area asking for help,” according to Giroux.

Giroux said that the witnesses reacted to seeing this by becoming very animated in the video and quickly leaving the scene.

“I think that these individuals are for the time being reluctant to become participants but they’re going to be participants in one way or another. I would just like them to do it voluntarily,” said Giroux who also said that Appleton appears to have acted alone, has no known ties to gangs and will remain in custody until the case is over.

The man and woman in the videos are encouraged to get legal advice and call homicide investigators at 416-808-7400.

Anyone who can identify this man and woman, or provide information on their whereabouts, is asked to call police immediately at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

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Witnesses were steps away when Kiowa McComb was killed: Police