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Published July 17, 2023

Public vigil planned for mother of two killed by stray bullet in Toronto

Second-Degree Murder Toronto - CP

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A vigil is set to be held tonight for a woman who was killed by a stray bullet in Toronto's east end more than a week ago.

The public vigil honouring the life of Karolina Huebner-Makurat, who was killed while walking in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood, is being held at Jimmie Simpson Park at 6:30 p.m.

Police have said the 44-year-old mother of two was hit by a bullet after a group of three men were in an altercation nearby and two of them fired guns at each other.

A 32-year-old Toronto resident has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the shooting, while police continue their search for two outstanding suspects.

Court documents show he previously served 15 months in jail after stabbing someone in the heart, one episode in a lengthy criminal history, and police have said he was out on bail when he was arrested.

The incident has rattled Leslieville residents, who set up a makeshift memorial for Huebner-Makurat shortly after her death, laying flowers, candles and notes mourning her.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 17, 2023.

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