Toronto senior reportedly killed by son in 74th homicide this year


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An elderly Toronto person was reportedly killed at home by his adult son, Toronto police said.

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Vincenza Galloro, 67, was murdered in North York on Saturday night – Toronto’s 74th homicide of 2021 – police reported.

Police charged her son, Antonio Galloro, 43, with second degree murder.

Police arrested him following an apparent assault in the Sheppard Avenue and Jane Street area. None of the allegations against Galloro have been proven in court.

Const. Laura Brabant said Galloro appeared in a virtual court at Old Town Hall on Sunday morning.

“It was a very traumatic death for the family involved,” added Brabant.

On the night of the crime, officers responded to an unknown distress call at 83 Northover St. at approximately 10 p.m.

Police said officers had received information that an assault took place at a residence in the area. Upon arrival, they found a woman with fatal injuries.

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She was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors of the family expressed shock at the tragedy on their street and said the grandson of the deceased woman also shared the house.

Vincenza Galloro’s niece lives in the same block and planned to have coffee with her aunt on Sunday, media reported. She first heard about the homicide on the news and, after recognizing her aunt’s house on television, rushed to the scene of the crime.

According to the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability (CFOJAJ), the number of Canadian women dying at the hands of men has increased during the pandemic period.

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A report from the group says 92 girls and women were killed, almost all by men, in the first six months of 2021. This compares to 78 girls and women in 2020 and 60 in 2019.

Statistically, about 10% of women killed by family members or intimate partners are mothers killed by their sons.

November is Violence Against Women Prevention Month in Ontario.

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