Homicide victim’s skull found in Toronto field
Dismembered remains of Rigat Ghirmay were found nearby. Her boyfriend is charged with her murder.
By: Peter Goffin | www.thestar.com | Apr 28 2016
Human remains found dumped near a West Toronto park trail have been identified as those of Rigat Ghirmay, a slain Eritrean-Canadian woman whose torso was found just steps away in 2013.
Toronto police were called in on Wednesday afternoon after a garbage bag containing a skull and bones was found in a field near Hilldale Rd. and the Symes Road Park Tr., just west of Weston Rd.
On Thursday, officers said that pathological and anthropological testing had confirmed the remains belonged to Ghirmay.
On May 24, 2013, police found Ghirmay’s torso stuffed into a duffel bag which was left on a park trail near Humber Blvd. and Alliance Ave., just a few minutes’ walk from where the skull and bones were found Wednesday.
In September 2013 Ghirmay’s boyfriend, Adonay Zekarias, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with her death.
Court documents show that, at the time, Zekarias lived at 101 Humber Blvd., just a block away from the parkland where the torso and the skull and bones were found.
Zekarias is also serving a life sentence, without possibility of parole for 25 years, for the first-degree murder of Nighisti Semret, a 55-year-old mother of four, who was stabbed to death in a Cabbagetown laneway in October 2012.
Zekarias, now 44, was convicted of Semret’s death in June 2015, and given an automatic sentence of life in prison, without the possibility of parole for 25 years.
He is scheduled to go to trial for Ghirmay’s death in February 2017.