2022 in evaluation: These are the 41 homicides recorded in Montreal this 12 months

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The violence began Jan. 13 with the shooting of Amir Beneyad, 17, in Plateau-Mont-Royal.

The scene at a St-Laurent motel where Abdulla Shaikh, the suspect in three killings over a 24-hour period in August, was killed during a police operation. The scene at a St-Laurent motel where Abdulla Shaikh, the suspect in three killings over a 24-hour period in August, was killed during a police operation. Photo by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette

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Here’s a chronological list of the 41 homicides reported in the area covered by the Montreal police force.

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Jan. 13

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Amir Beneyad, 17, was shot and died of his injuries after an altercation between two groups in an alley near the intersection of Roy and Rivard Sts. in Plateau-Mont-Royal. Months later, Montreal police arrested a 17-year-old. A second suspect, also a minor at the time of the killing, was repatriated from Peru this month. Both suspects are charged with second-degree murder.

Feb. 8

A minor, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, was attacked with a blunt object during an argument that escalated at a school on Broadway Ave. in Montréal-Est. The teenage boy died of his injuries at a hospital. More than one minor has been charged in youth court in the case.

Feb. 9

Domenico Macri, 46, was shot inside the garage of his home on Marie-Rollet St. near Guy-Bouchard Blvd. He had ties to the Montreal Mafia and the West End Gang. No arrests have been made. His brother Mario was killed in a similar fashion in 2018.

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March 10

Mehdi Douraid, 28, was shot at the intersection of Pierre-Corneille and de Boucherville Sts. near the Place Versailles shopping centre. He died of his injuries in a hospital. No arrests have been made.

Mehdi Douraid, 28, was shot near the Place Versailles shopping centre on March 10, 2022. Mehdi Douraid, 28, was shot near the Place Versailles shopping centre on March 10, 2022. Photo by Dave Sidaway /Montreal Gazette

April 8

Cynthia Landry, 34, was killed in an apartment in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve reportedly while she was suffering from a toxic shock caused by the consumption of either drugs or alcohol. Jerry Avril, 34, was charged with murder the following day. His case is to return to court in July.

April 12

Stéphane Dupuis, 51, was well known to police for his ties to the Montreal Mafia and Hells Angels. He was shot inside his vehicle while he waited at a car wash on Metropolitan Blvd. in St-Léonard. In 2006, he was charged with trafficking cocaine with Montreal Mafia leader Francesco Del Balso. The two were unaware they were dealing with a man working undercover for the Sûreté du Québec. No arrests have been made in this case.

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April 16

Steven Marques, 46, a convicted drug dealer, was shot at the corner of St-Laurent Blvd. and Jean-Talon St. just before 11 p.m. Two suspects fled on foot after the victim collapsed to the ground. Marques was transported to a hospital, where he was declared dead. Marcus Barthelus was arrested in May; his preliminary inquiry is to begin in April. Shortly after that arrest, Montreal police released a photo of a man they believe was the second suspect. On Nov. 8, Sun Youth offered a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who can identify the man.

April 19

Visvilingam Aran, 75, was found inside his apartment on Logan St. in Ville-Marie borough by police responding to a noise complaint. He was declared dead at the scene. His son, Vithushan Aran, was arrested and has been charged with first-degree murder. The preliminary inquiry is set to begin at the end of October.

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Montreal police secure the entrance of the home on Logan St. where Visvilingam Aran was found dead on April 19, 2022. Montreal police secure the entrance of the home on Logan St. where Visvilingam Aran was found dead on April 19, 2022. Photo by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette

May 12

Sébastien Giroux, 36, was killed at the intersection of Shelley Ave. and Crémazie Blvd. in the borough of Villeray—St-Michel—Parc-Extension. He had close ties to Frédérick Silva, a hit man recently convicted of killing four people. Giroux helped Silva while the latter was trying to hide from police. Giroux was to be sentenced for being an accessory after the fact to one of Silva’s murders when he was killed. No one has been arrested in his death.

May 15

Hugues Leblanc, 47, was found dead in the trunk of a Tesla that had been set on fire at Pointe-aux-Prairies park in eastern Montreal. Leblanc was a convicted criminal who had served time for drug trafficking. No arrests have been made in the case.

June 7

Jonathan Plouffe, 34, was found shot at the intersection of St-Pierre Ave. and Richmond St. near Highway 20 as police responded to a late-night 911 call. Plouffe, who had a lengthy criminal record, was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He died the next day. No arrests have been made.

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June 24

Ahmad Shoaib, 62, was stabbed inside his home on Côte-Vertu Blvd. in St-Laurent close to the Côte-Vertu métro station. His son, Farhan Shoaib, was arrested and has been charged with second-degree murder.

June 26

Raymond Hébert, 72, a lawyer, was fatally stabbed inside his apartment in a downtown highrise building. His wife, a neighbour and the doorman of the apartment building on Drummond St., just north of Sherbrooke St., were also attacked but survived. The victim’s stepson, Guillaume Dion Roy, has been charged with murder and attempted murder. His preliminary inquiry is to begin in October.

July 29

Two males, 19 and 17, were shot in a car at the intersection of Ronald Drive and Avon Rd. in Montreal West. The driver was declared dead at the scene; the other victim died of his injuries in a hospital. A warrant for the arrest of a minor has been issued.

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Aug. 2

André Lemieux, 64, and Mohamed Salah Belhaj, 48, were the first victims in a killing spree carried out over 24 hours in Montreal and Laval. Lemieux was shot in St-Laurent at the intersection of Jules-Poitras and Deguire Blvds. Belhaj was shot near his home an hour later in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough. A third man, Alex Lévis-Crevier, was killed in Laval the next day. The suspect in all three slayings, Abdulla Shaikh, 26, was shot and killed during a police operation at a motel in St-Laurent. Shaikh had a history of mental illness.

Aug. 7

Richard Lizotte, 58, was discovered dead inside a recycling bin not far from his apartment on Morgan St. in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. No arrests have been made.

Aug. 10

Jayson Colin, 26, and at least three others were the targets of a late-night shooting on the grounds of Lester B. Pearson High School on de Charny St. in Montreal North. A 25-year-old man was injured. The next morning, people who knew Colin were shocked to learn he had been killed. He had been involved in the community in Montreal North, following in the footsteps of his parents. No arrests have been made in this case.

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Montreal police survey the scene of a shooting on Aug. 10, 2022 at Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North. Montreal police survey the scene of a shooting on Aug. 10, 2022 at Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North. Photo by Pierre Obendrauf /Montreal Gazette

Aug. 23

Maxime Lenoir, 44, was well known to police as a drug trafficker with ties to organized crime. He was shot in the parking lot of the Rockland shopping centre. Two men — Widens Point du Jour Paul and Jeremy and Jamahl Anthony Chand — have been charged in the homicide.

Diego Fiorita, 50, was shot at Napoli Pizzeria on St-Denis St. in the Quartier Latin shortly after Lenoir was killed. Police believe the two homicides are not connected. No arrests have been made in this case.

Napoli Pizzeria owner Vincenzo Montuori shows the table where Diego Fiorita was shot on Aug. 23, 2022. Napoli Pizzeria owner Vincenzo Montuori shows the table where Diego Fiorita was shot on Aug. 23, 2022. Photo by John Mahoney /Montreal Gazette

Sept. 6

Robert Masseau, 75, was found dead inside his home on Clanranald Ave. near Plamondon Ave., a few blocks west of the Décarie Expressway. Someone who knew Masseau had become concerned after they had not heard from him in a while and asked police to check in on him. More than two months later, Chaikhu Yaya Camara, 29, was charged with murder. Camara was already detained as a suspect in a series of assaults that took place the same day Masseau was killed. A judge recently ordered the accused to undergo a mental health evaluation. The next court date is set for January.

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Sept. 8

Gisèle Itale Betondi, 29, a mother of three, was stabbed to death in the parking lot of an apartment building in LaSalle. Her former spouse, Hosea Amorus Puhya, has been charged with first-degree murder. Weeks before Betondi was killed, Puhya was acquitted on a charge of assaulting her. A preliminary inquiry in his murder case is to begin in August.

Sept. 16

Viergemene Toussaint, 42, was discovered dead by a friend who had gone to her Montreal North apartment to check in on her. The victim’s former partner, Antoine Coby, 36, has been charged with first-degree murder. His case is to return to court in January.

Sept. 20

Adam Jean-Philippe, 20, was in a vehicle with other people when it was the target of a drive-by shooting at the intersection of St-Antoine and de la Montagne Sts., close to the Bell Centre. Two others inside the vehicle were injured. No one has been arrested.

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Sept. 30

Rance Sullivan, 27, was stabbed during an argument on Jeanne-Mance St. near Bernard St. and was declared dead at the scene. About a week later, Theodore Gliga, 28, was charged with second-degree murder. His case is to return to court in February.

Sept. 30

The body of a 35-year-old man was discovered in a recycling bin after someone called 911 to report seeing traces of blood at an apartment on des Pins Ave. A long trail of blood led police officers to the bin on Docteur-Penfield Ave. Despite the similarities to Richard Lizotte’s death on Aug. 7, there appears to be no connection between the two homicides. No arrests have been made in this case.

Oct. 2

The body of a 48-year-old man was found in the trunk of a vehicle that had been set on fire on Versailles St. near St-Antoine St. W., two blocks west of the Bell Centre. Firefighters responding to a 911 call about the burning vehicle contacted police when they discovered the body in the trunk. The victim was known to police, and investigators believe the homicide involved an underworld settling of accounts. No one has been arrested.

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Oct. 10

A man, 51, was found shot inside an apartment building in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce near the intersection of Montclair and Fielding Aves. He was not known to police. He was taken to a hospital and was declared dead shortly after his arrival. No one has been arrested.

Oct. 19

Wayne Arnott, 60, and Louise Boucher, 65, were found dead at a home in Île-Bizard. Montreal police were called there after a man with bloodstained clothing showed up at a hospital. Mitchell Arnott has been charged with killing his parents. In November, he was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he can be found criminally responsible.

Wayne Arnott and Louise Boucher were found dead at a home in Île-Bizard on Oct. 19, 2022. Wayne Arnott and Louise Boucher were found dead at a home in Île-Bizard on Oct. 19, 2022. Photo by Ryan Remiorz /The Canadian Press

Oct. 20

Rolande Ducharme, 81, was found inside her apartment in a private residence for the elderly two days after she is believed to have been killed. An autopsy confirmed she was the victim of foul play. On Nov. 4, Élise Quenneville-Proulx was charged with second-degree murder. She was ordered to undergo an evaluation to determine whether she can be found criminally responsible.

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Nov. 6

Philippe-André Graton, 19, was stabbed during an altercation on Ducharme Ave. in John F. Kennedy Park in Outremont. Two men were arrested weeks later. Olivier Ledezma-Théron, 25, has been charged with second-degree murder and Nils Ovesson, 21, with manslaughter. On Dec. 15, Cédric Na Nakorn Beland, 26, was charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Nov. 7

A 34-year-old man was stabbed in Chinatown on Clark St. near de la Gauchetière St. during an altercation involving more than two people. The victim, who was known to police, died the following day in a hospital. A 31-year-old man was questioned as a suspect but was not charged.

Nov. 29

A 22-year-old man was found shot at the north end of Mimosa Ave. in Dorval, close to a pedestrian path that connects to Bouchard Blvd. A passerby had noticed the body on the ground around 11 p.m. and contacted police. The victim had a criminal record, and investigators believe the homicide was part of an underworld settling of accounts. No arrests have been made.

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Dec. 3

Allen Mapfumo was stopped at a red light at an intersection in Rivière-des-Prairies when another vehicle sped toward his car and crashed into it. Mapfumo’s vehicle caught fire and he died. The driver of the other vehicle, Kevin Turpin, was initially charged with dangerous driving causing death. More than a week later, he was also charged with second-degree murder on the belief his actions were deliberate. The case is to return to court in January.

Dec. 13

Dantes Tolentino Villanueva was stabbed during an altercation on Bégin St. near Côte-Vertu Blvd. at around 1 p.m. Bernie Romantico was arrested a short while later. Villanueva was the branch manager of a company on Bégin St. and Romantico was his employee. Romantico was charged with second-degree murder.

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Dec. 15

Huguette Maranda Racette, 73, and Jade Racette Beaulieu, 22, were found inside an apartment on Mullins St. between Charlevoix and d’Hibernia Sts. at 2:40 a.m. after police received a 911 call about gunshots. Racette was declared dead at the scene and her granddaughter was declared dead hours after she was taken to a hospital. No one has been arrested.

Dec. 26

A 45-year-old woman was killed inside an apartment building where she lived on 25th Ave. in Pointe-aux-Trembles. Her body was found in a stairway leading to the building’s laundry room. The body of a 45-year-old man was found as well. The Montreal police believe the man took his own life after killing the woman.

Dec. 30

A 28-year-old man was found shot in St-Laurent. He was pronounced dead in a hospital.

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