The only thing important about this woman’s death is that her body was found in a neighbourhood frequented by “prostitutes” who are, of course, the cause of everything evil that threatens the “neat green spaces” that some people are trying to protect in the area. Of course, nothing evil ever happens to sex trade workers. At least, nothing that’s more important than protecting nice gardens:
The body of a woman found in an alley behind a high-rise building in the east end is being investigated by police as Toronto’s 38th homicide of the year.
Police received a call just after 7:30 a.m. Saturday reporting the body behind 191 Sherbourne St., near Shuter St. and the Moss Park Armoury.
Homicide Detective Michael Barsky said there were “obvious signs of trauma” to the body, which is yet to be identified.
The woman is likely between 30 and 40 years old, said Sgt. Craig Somers, who was also on the scene.
Several residents and neighbours said they did not know about the death and did not hear anything Friday night or in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Forensic officers were collecting evidence and searching the surrounding area, but Sgt. Somers said police would not divulge more information until the post-mortem results were returned and the next of kin notified.
Sgt. Somers said that it was a “suspicious” death given the location.
The Sherbourne and Shuter intersection is infamous for drug dealings, residents say.
“This is crack central. That’s what they call it here,” says Kenny Tynes, 47, who lives in the neighbourhood. “This is worse than Jane and Finch.”
Tynes has lived in his Sherbourne apartment for 19 years and says the area is rife with “knifings” and “crack.”
The Sherbourne and Shuter street corner is also popular with sex-trade workers, neighbours say.
Patrick Keyes, 65, has lived here for 22 years, just across from the alleyway where the body was found. He says he has watched pimps drop off prostitutes here and drive away.
“With prostitution goes drugs and with that people get high and stupid. They get noisy,” Keyes said. “I don’t know what causes it but it’s a nuisance. It brings people in this neighbourhood looking for action (sex and drugs) and that is not desirable.”
The front of the 19-floor building is surrounded by a black fence, green lawn and neat flower-beds. Residents say there is a security guard at the front door and there is an intercom security system.
The red-brick back of the building overlooking the alley is also surrounded by neat green spaces.