Det.-Sgt. Gary Giroux, the lead homicide investigator on the case, told media on Saturday afternoon that the injuries sustained by the 24-year-old victim, George Fawell, are some of the worst he has ever seen.
"He suffered a tremendous, tremendous amount of sharp force injuries to his face and neck and back and chest area – far more than what would be necessary to commit murder," Giroux said. He said the 'ferocious' attack would have gone on for some time.
Two community outreach workers notified police about the body mid-morning Friday after they discovered it near rail tracks behind the arena at Jimmie Simpson Park, near Queen Street East and Booth Avenue.
Giroux said he saw the body when the post-mortem began at 10 a.m. Saturday.
"The pathologist and I had a discussion that it would take hours to document the number of injuries that Mr. Fawell sustained," he said.
He said that leads him to believe the killing was an act of rage.
"This is obviously a very personal attack on the deceased," he said. "The deceased and the offender or offenders in this case have a tremendous amount of baggage with each other."
Though Fawell was not homeless himself, the area where his body was found is frequented by homeless people. Giroux said it's not yet known whether Fawell was killed near the tracks or if his body had been dumped there.
However, he said he's confident the killers are from the area.
"The answer is there and I'm sure that somebody down there knows what happened to him," he said.
Fawell was known to police, but his cousin Kelly Fawell said he'd been trying to turn his life around.
"He was a great guy," she said. "He had a big heart, he was trying to do right in his life."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Giroux at 416-808-7387 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).