"Their solution," the Crown attorney told a rapt courtroom in Kingston, Ontario, "was to remove the diseased limb entirely and prune the tree back to the good wood."

That's how Laurie Lacelle described the murder of three teen sisters at the hands of their parents and older brother.

For patriarch Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba Yahya and their son Hamed Mohammad Shafia, society was the disease. And images on their daughters' cell phones — all dressed up in smiles and what you might expect girls their age to wear — was all too much.

Restoring honour turned out to be murder.

On June 30, 2009, a black Nissan Sentra was found at the bottom of a Kingston canal. Sisters Zainab, Sahar, and Geeti Shafia, along with their mother Rona Amir Mohammed were found dead inside.

On January 29, 2012, a jury found Shafia, his second wife and their son guilty on four counts of first-degree murder.

For a Canadian public that had followed every dark twist revealed during the trial, the 'disease' turned out to be the warped sense of honour that allowed parents to snuff out the lives of their own children.

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THE TRIAL, IN PHOTOS

The Shafia case wasn't the only headline-snatching horror of 2012.

And while we puzzled over one family's 'honour', the motives in other cases were even less scrutable.

Like the brutality visited upon a Calgary man at the hands of 32-year-old Dustin Paxton.

On April 16, 2010, a young man was dropped off at a Regina hospital. Severely malnourished, bruised and broken, his bottom lip had been nearly torn off completely.

Paxton was charged in connection with a long-running series of attacks in Regina and Calgary on the man, who cannot be named under a publication ban.

Asked in court to describe Paxton, the victim summed him up simply:

"Evil. He's smart, mean, twisted. I would do anything not to get beaten any more."

A judge seemed to agree. Justice Sheilah Martin determined that Paxton had beaten and starved his ex-roommate regularly.

"I find there is evidence of wounding, maiming, disfiguring and his life was in danger on two occasions," she said in her decision.

As the Calgary Herald reports, Paxton's sentence is on hold while a court hears the results of a psychiatric assessment.

And then there was Michael Rafferty. The Toronto man was convicted of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering eight-year-old Tori Stafford.

Indeed, his deeds were so dark a Superior Court judge could hardly restrain his rage.

"You have snuffed out the life of a beautiful, talented, vivacious little girl, a 'tomboy diva' in the trustful innocence of childhood," judge Thomas Heeney said during sentencing. "And for what? So that you could gratify your twisted and deviant desire to have sex with a child. Only a monster could commit an act of such pure evil."

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  • Rodney Stafford, father of slain Victoria Stafford, speaks to the media as he arrives at the courthouse in London Ontario, Tuesday, May 15, 2012 for the sentencing hearing for Michael Rafferty, who was convicted Friday of Victoria's murder. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

  • After The Verdict

    Rodney Stafford, father of slain Victoria Stafford reacts after Michael Rafferty was found guilty on all three charges at the murder trial in London, Ontario, Friday, May 11, 2012. <br> THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

  • Reaction

    Rodney Stafford, father of slain Victoria Stafford holds a photo of his daughter as he speaks to the media, with his mother Doreen Graichen, sister Rebecca Nichols and brother Rob Stafford looking on, after Michael Rafferty was found guilty on all three charges at the murder trial in London, Ontario, Friday, May 11, 2012. <br> CREDIT: CP

  • Longest Day

    Rodney Stafford, father of Victoria (Tori) Stafford, holds his head in in hands late in the afternoon at the courthouse for the Michael Rafferty murder trial in London, Ont., Friday, May 11, 2012. <br> CREDIT: CP

  • Rodney Stafford, father of slain eight-year-old Woodstock girl Victoria Stafford, talks to reporters during a break in proceedings at the trial of Michael Rafferty, the accused in his daughter's murder in London, Ontario, Tuesday, May 1, 2012.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

  • The grave of Victoria (Tori) Stafford on Easter Sunday, the third anniversary of the day the eight-year-old girl vanished while walking home from school, in Woodstock, Ontario, Sunday, April, 8, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley)

  • Dirk Derstein, defence lawyer for Michael Rafferty, the accused in the murder of Woodstock, Ontario schoolgirl Victoria Stafford talks briefly with reporters during a break in proceedings at the trial in London, Ontario, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

  • Terri-Lynn McClintic and Michael Rafferty are shown in these police handout photos released as court exhibits at Rafferty's trial in London, Ont., Wednesday, April 4, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

  • Michael Rafferty and Terri-Lynne McClintic embrace in this still image taken from a police handout video dated May 8, 2009. Rafferty visited McClintic twice at a detention centre, where she was taken after being arrested days after the killing of Victoria Stafford on an unrelated matter. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

  • Terri-Lynn McClintic is shown in police handout photos released as court exhibits at Michael Rafferty's trial in London, Ont., Thursday, April 5, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

  • Michael Rafferty is shown in a police handout photo released as court exhibits at Rafferty's trial in London, Ont., Thursday, April 5, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

  • Michael Rafferty's 2003 Honda Civic is shown in this court handout photo along with other exhibits. A tiny spot of dried blood on the rubber moulding of the back passenger side door on Michael Rafferty's car was found to contain DNA matching the eight-year-old girl's profile, forensic biologist Jennifer McLean testified Wednesday at Rafferty's trial. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

  • A butterfly earring worn by Victoria Stafford are shown in this evidence photo released Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the trial trial of Michael Rafferty. Court has heard that she had borrowed the earrings from her mom on April 8, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

  • Victoria Stafford's T-shirt is shown in this evidence photo released Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the trial trial of Michael Rafferty. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

  • Michael Rafferty is transported from the courthouse in the back of police cruiser in London, Ontario, Wednesday, March, 14, 2012. Rafferty is facing charges in the death of Victoria (Tori) Stafford. Court is hearing that Rafferty was "stressed out" in the days after her disappearance.(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley)

  • Accused Michael Rafferty is shown in court in London, Ont., Monday, March 5, 2012 in this artist's sketch. The trial of Rafferty, 31, began Monday nearly three years after Victoria Stafford disappeared outside her elementary school in Woodstock, Ont. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tammy Hoy)

  • Terri-Lynne McClintic, left, is transported from court for proceedings in the Michael Rafferty murder trial in London, Ontario, Friday, March, 16, 2012. Rafferty is charged with several offences including first-degree murder in the death of eight-year-old Victoria "Tori" Stafford. McClintic is already serving a life sentence after pleading guilty two years ago to first-degree murder in Tori's death. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

  • Evidence letter written by Terri-Lynne McClintic in the Michael Rafferty murder trial in London, Ont., Thursday, March, 22, 2012. Rafferty has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, sexual assault causing bodily harm and kidnapping. McClintic has already plead guilty of first degree murder in the case. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley)

  • Rodney Stafford, father of slain Victoria (Tori) Stafford walks from the courthouse during a break in the proceedings for the Michael Rafferty murder trial in London, Ontario, Thursday, March, 22, 2012. Rafferty has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, sexual assault causing bodily harm and kidnapping. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

  • A tearful Tara McDonald, mother of slain eight-year-old Woodstock girl Victoria Stafford, receives a hug from partner James Goris during a break in proceedings at the trial for Michael Rafferty, the accused in her daughter's murder in London Ontario,Tuesday, March 13, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

  • Tara McDonald (center) mother of slain Victoria (Tori) Stafford walks from court after completing her testimony in the Michael Rafferty murder trial in London, Ontario, Wednesday, March, 7, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley)

  • Terri-Lynne McClintic is transported from court for proceedings in the Michael Rafferty murder trial in London, Ontario, Friday, March, 16, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley)

  • Terri-Lynne McClintic is transported from court for proceedings in the Michael Rafferty murder trial in London, Ontario, Friday, March, 16, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley)

  • Terri-Lynne McClintic testifies at the Michael Rafferty murder trial in London, Ont., Tuesday, March 13, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tammy Hoy)

  • The Disappearance And Death Of Tori Stafford

    Victoria (Tori) Stafford, 8, disappeared while on her way home from school in Woodstock, Ont., on April 8, 2009. (Photo: An undated family handout, CP). <em>The following text is by the Huffington Post Canada, will files from CP</em>

  • For weeks, her parents, family friends and community members searched for the little girl. <em>(Photo: Cassandra Craig and Shiloh Roth hang a poster for missing Stafford, 8, on a street corner in Woodstock, Ont., on Friday April 10, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley)</em>

  • Meanwhile, hundreds of police searched local ponds, a landfill, and used a helicopter for aerial sweeps of Oxford County. <em>(Photo: Ontario Provincial Police officers search the Oxford County landfill site Tuesday, April 21, 2009, for clues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley)</em>

  • Tori's mother, Tara McDonald, held daily press conferences as the national media descended on the town of 35,000 in southern Ontario. <em>(Photo: Tara McDonald speaks to reporters in Woodstock, Tuesday, April 21, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley)</em>

  • The girl's body was found three months later in a field near Mount Forest, Ont. <em>(PHOTO: Funeral home attendants load the remains of the girl into a hearse July 20, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)</em>

  • Michael Rafferty, 31, is charged with first-degree murder, sexual assault causing bodily harm and kidnapping in the death of Victoria Stafford. His trial began with jury selection in the last days of February, 2012. <em>(Photo: Rafferty leaves the courthouse in Woodstock, Ont., Feb. 7, 2011).</em>

  • Terri-Lynne McClintic, now 21, has already been convicted of first-degree murder in the girl's death. She pleaded guilty in April 2010 and was given a mandatory life sentence, with no chance of parole for 25 years. <em>(PHOTO: An undated Facebook photo of McClintic).</em>

  • McClintic's guilty plea could not be reported until December 2010 due to a sweeping publication ban imposed by Justice Dougald McDermid. The ban was partially lifed by the Supreme Court of Canada, though some details remain under the ban in order to protect Rafferty's right to a fair trial. <em>(PHOTO: Justice McDermid enters court in Woodstock, Ont., on Friday, April 30, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Robins)</em>

  • After Tori's funeral, her father, Rodney Stafford, went on a bike ride to Edmonton in her memory with Child Find Ontario, the <a href="http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/1135756--the-main-players-in-the-tori-stafford-murder-case-where-are-they-now?bn=1" target="_hplink">Toronto Star reports</a>. He raised more than $25,000. He plans to attend the <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/02/26/stafford-murder-trial.html" target="_hplink">murder trial, telling CBC,</a> "There'll never be closure because I still wake up every morning without my daughter." <em>(PHOTO: Stafford, father of slain eight-year-old Tori Stafford, leaves court in London, Ont., on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Robins)</em>

  • Rafferty's trial was moved from Woodstock to nearby London in light of publicity surrounding the girl's death. His lawyer, Dirk Derstine, suggested outside court that people should keep an open mind. "I expect that the evidence to be called will be different than what everybody is perhaps expecting," he said. <em>(PHOTO: Dirk Derstine leaves court in London, Ont., on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Robins)</em>

  • OPP Detective Inspector Bill Renton was the lead investigator in the Tori Stafford murder case. He's seen here arriving at the Middlesex Court House in London, Ont., Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 on the first day of jury selection in the first degree murder trial of Michael Rafferty. <em>(PHOTO: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Spowart)</em>

  • Tori Stafford seen with her older brother, Daryn Stafford, in this family handout. <em>(Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)</em>

  • Crown lawyers outside the courthouse where the Michael Rafferty trial is being held.

  • The Trial, In Photos

    Rafferty's mother spoke Monday, May 7, for the first time since her son was arrested and charged in May 2009, six weeks after Tori was killed. She placed the blame for what happened to Tori squarely on Terri-Lynne McClintic. "My son is innocent," Deborah Murphy said as she faced a wall of cameras outside the courthouse. "This could happen to any man that's walking around right now. Terri-Lynne McClintic has wrecked our lives and I just hope that justice is served and that he's free." (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley)

  • Tara McDonald, mother of slain eight-year-old Woodstock girl Victoria Stafford, receives a hug following the last day of evidence in the trial of Michael Rafferty, the accused in her daughter's murder, in London Ontario, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins






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If an entire city could count itself a victim, it would have been Toronto last summer, as it found itself under siege from a spate of seemingly random and certainly senseless shootings.

On June 2, gunfire at the iconic Eaton Centre sent shoppers fleeing in horror. By the end of the day, six innocent bystanders had been wounded, including a 13-year-old boy. And one man, Ahmed Hassan, was dead.

Police would soon charge 23-year-old Christopher Husbands with one count of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder.

But the 'Summer of the Gun' was not over.

A month later, a block party in the city's east end fell under a hail of bullets.

In all, two people were killed — 14-year-old Shyanne Charles and 23-year-old Joshua Yasay — and 23 others were sent to hospital.

Deadly shootings seem to ring out throughout the rest of the summer, including a brazen execution-style slaying in Little Italy, sparking fears that Canadian cities were spiraling into gangland violence.

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  • Shyanne Charles, 14, was killed in the shooting on Scarborough's Danzig Street.

  • Police interview neighbours on Tuesday July 17, 2012 near the scene of a shooting on Danzig Street where 19 people were injured and 2 confirmed dead at an outdoor barbecue that took place on Monday July 16, 2012.

  • Neighbours watch on as police walk by on Tuesday July 17, 2012 near the scene of a shooting on Danzig Street where 19 people were injured and 2 confirmed dead at an outdoor barbecue that took place on Monday July 16, 2012 .

  • Mayor Rob Ford speaks to media after visiting the scene of Monday night's shooting on Danzig St. in Toronto on Tuesday July 17, 2012. Toronto police are calling for witnesses to come forward following a deadly shooting at an outdoor neighbourhood party that left two people dead and sent 21 others to hospital, including an infant, in what police are calling the worst incident of gun violence in the city's recent history.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

  • Mayor Rob Ford (right) visits the scene of Monday night's shooting on Danzig St. in Toronto on Tuesday July 17, 2012. Toronto police are calling for witnesses to come forward following a deadly shooting at an outdoor neighbourhood party that left two people dead and sent 21 others to hospital, including an infant, in what police are calling the worst incident of gun violence in the city's recent history.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

  • Shyanne Charles, 14, was killed in the shooting on Scarborough's Danzig Street.

  • Joshua Yasay, 23, was killed in the shooting.

  • Shyanne Charles, 14, was killed in the shooting on Scarborough's Danzig Street.

  • Police interview neighbors near the scene of a shooting in Toronto, on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Two people are dead and 19 were injured as gunfire broke out late Monday night as more than 200 people attended an outdoor community barbecue. Police described the shootout, which involved multiple guns, as an "unprecedented" episode of violence. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Aaron Vincent Elkaim )

  • Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair arrives for a news conference on Monday night's fatal shooting at a street party in Scarborough, in Toronto, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ian Willms

  • Police interview neighbors near the scene of a shooting in Toronto, on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Two people are dead and 19 were injured as gunfire broke out late Monday night as more than 200 people attended an outdoor community barbecue. Police described the shootout, which involved multiple guns, as an "unprecedented" episode of violence. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Aaron Vincent Elkaim )

  • Shannon Longshaw;

  • Police stand on guard on Tuesday July 17, 2012 on Danzig Street near the scene of a shooting where 19 people were injured and 2 confirmed dead at an outdoor barbecue that took place on Monday July 16, 2012 . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

  • A police officer places a marker on Danzig Street in Toronto on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 near the scene of Monday night's shooting. Toronto police are calling for witnesses to come forward following a deadly shooting at an outdoor neighbourhood party that left two people dead and sent 21 others to hospital, including an infant, in what police are calling the worst incident of gun violence in the city's recent history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

  • Pedestrians look on near the scene of a shooting in Toronto early Tuesday, July 17, 2012, that left 19 people injured and two dead at a house party late Monday July 16. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

  • Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair speaks to the media in Toronto early Tuesday, July 17, 2012, near the scene of a shooting that left 19 people injured and two dead at a house party late Monday, July 16. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

  • Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair walks down Morningside Ave in Toronto early Tuesday, July 17, 2012, following a shooting that left 19 people injured and two dead at a house party late Monday, July 16. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

  • Police stand on guard on Morningside Ave. in Toronto early Tuesday, July 17, 2012, near the scene of a shooting where 19 people were injured and two dead at a house party late Monday, July 16. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

  • Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair speaks to media in Toronto early Tuesday, July 17, 2012, near the scene of a shooting where 19 people were injured and two were left dead at a house party late Monday July 16. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

  • A man is attended to on the scene and loaded onto a gurney for transport following a shooting that left 19 injured and two dead in Toronto late Monday, July 16, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Toronto Star - Rick Madonik

  • ETF officers stand guard following a shooting that left 19 injured and two dead in Toronto late Monday, July 16, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Toronto Star - Rick Madonik

Any list of violent crime in 2012 would be hard-pressed to exclude Luka Magnotta.

A small-time porn actor — with a seemingly insatiable appetite for celebrity — Magnotta stands accused of dismembering Chinese student Jun Lin and sending his body parts to various parts of the country by mail.

But the 29-year-old's name has already darkened too many headlines this year to earn another inch in this space.

Check the gallery below for some of the year's most tragic chapters.

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  • Shafia Murders

    Mohammad Shafia (front), Tooba Yahya (right) and their son Hamed Shafia (left) are escorted into the Frontenac County courthouse in Kingston, Ontario on Thursday, January 26, 2012.

  • Shafia Murders

    This picture provided by the Frontenac County Court via The Canadian Press, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, shows Geeti Shafia. In June 2011, police discovered a vehicle submerged at the bottom of a set of locks in a canal in Kingston, Ontario. Inside the car were the dead bodies of three teen sisters, including Geeti Shafia, and a 52-year-old woman. Tooba Yahya, 42, her husband Mohammad Shafia, 58, and their eldest son, Hamed, 20, are charged with the murder of Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, along with Shafia's first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad. The case has ignited a debate in Canada about honor killings and the cultural clashes often experienced between first- and second-generation immigrants who struggle to maintain orthodox cultural or religious values and their children, who often desire to fit into a Western, more liberal society. (AP Photo/Frontenac County Court via The Canadian Press)

  • Shafia Murders

    In this undated picture provided by Frontenac County Court via The Canadian Press, Sahar Shafia takes a picture of herself with a mobile phone. Authorities accuse Afghan-born Mohammad Shafia, his wife, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, and 20-year-old son, Hamed Shafia, of killing Sahar and two other daughters because they dishonored the family by adopting such habits as dating and wearing revealing clothes. (AP Photo/Frontenac County Court via The Canadian Press)

  • Shafia Murders

    his picture provided by the Frontenac County Court via The Canadian Press, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, shows Rona Amir Mohammad, left, and Sahar Shafia. In June 2011, police discovered a vehicle submerged at the bottom of a set of locks in a canal in Kingston, Ontario. Inside the car were the dead bodies of three teen sisters, including Sahar Shafia, and 52-year-old Rona Amir Mohammad. Tooba Yahya, 42, her husband Mohammad Shafia, 58, and their eldest son, Hamed, 20, are charged with the murder of sisters Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, along with Mohammad Shafia's first wife, Rona. The case has ignited a debate in Canada about honor killings and the cultural clashes often experienced between first- and second-generation immigrants who struggle to maintain orthodox cultural or religious values and their children, who often desire to fit into a Western, more liberal society. (AP Photo/Frontenac County Court via The Canadian Press)

  • Jun Lin Murder

    With great pain & sorrow, Zhi Gui Du mother of slain student ,Jun Lin remembered her son who came to Montreal to study. Jun Lin was brutally murdered in Montreal.The Montreal police have Luka Rocco Magnotta as a prime suspect in custody.

  • Jun Lin Murder

    Daran Lin breaks down during funeral services for his son, Jun Lin, during funeral services Thursday, July 26, 2012 in Montreal. Lin's dismembered torso was found May 29 stuffed in a suitcase outside an apartment building, while other body parts were mailed to Ottawa and Vancouver. Luka Rocco Magnotta has pleaded not guilty to several charges in connection with Lin's death, including a count of first-degree murder. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

  • Luka Magnotta

    Reporters attend a news conference in Montreal, June 5, 2012 where details about the arrest of Luka Rocco Magnotta were announced.

  • Luka Magnotta

    In this photo provided by Montreal Police, Luka Rocco Magnotta is taken by police from a Canadian military plane to a waiting van on Monday, June 18, 2012, in Mirabel, Quebec. Magnotta, the suspect in the killing and dismemberment of a Chinese student, returned to Canada via military transport from Germany, where he was arrested this month. (AP Photo/Montreal Police)

  • Eaton Centre Shooting

    June Weekes, left, cries as she leans on Justin Auguste on Sunday June 3, 2012, during a vigil in Toronto for those injured in Saturday's shootings at the Toronto Eaton Centre. The investigation into the deadly shooting rampage that set off a mass panic at the Toronto Eaton Centre focused Sunday on the shooter behind the brazen attack, as police and local authorities reassured the public that Toronto remains a safe city. Weekes was present during the shooting. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu)

  • Eaton Centre Shooting

    Police set up a perimeter outside the Eaton Centre shopping mall in Toronto, Saturday, June 2, 2012. Panic broke out at the Eaton Centre Saturday after shots were fired at the downtown mall packed with weekend shoppers. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Victor Biro)

  • Eaton Centre Shooting

    A couple hugs as a police officer questions a man outside the Eaton Centre shopping mall in Toronto, Saturday, June 2, 2012. Shots were fired at Toronto's downtown Eaton's Centre Saturday evening. Police are confirming one person has died. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Victor Biro)

  • Christopher Husbands

    Police charged 23-year-old Christopher Husbands with one count of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder in connection with the Eaton Centre shooting.

  • Toronto Block Party Shooting

    Shannon Longshaw, one of the organizers of the community barbecue at which two people were shot and killed and 19 others injured, cries as she recounts her ordeal. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair called the shooting at Morningside Avenue and Danzig Street the worst shooting in the city's history. July 17, 2012. (Galit Rodan/The Globe and Mail)

  • Toronto Block Party Shooting

    Residents of the neighbourhood around Morningside Avenue and Danzig Street react the morning after a shooting at a backyard barbecue claimed the lives of a teenage girl and a man in his twenties. Nineteen others were injured in the incident, which Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair called the worst shooting in the city's history. July 17, 2012. (Galit Rodan/The Globe and Mail)

  • Victoria Stafford Murder

    Tara McDonald, mother of slain Victoria Stafford, walks into court and is expected to take the stand in the Michael Rafferty murder trial in London, Ontario, Canada on Wednesday, March, 7, 2012. Rafferty has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, sexual assault causing bodily harm and kidnapping. The Crown alleges Michael Rafferty and Terri-Lynne McClintic, who has already pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, snatched Victoria Stafford outside her school and, within hours, sexually assaulted and killed her. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Dave Chidley)

  • Michael Rafferty

    This artist's sketch shows Michael Rafferty in court during victim impact statements in London, Ont., Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Rafferty maintained his innocence Tuesday in the brutal abduction, rape and killing of Victoria Stafford as the judge presiding over the case labeled him a ``monster.'' (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Tammy Hoy)

  • Victoria Stafford Murder

    A tearful Tara McDonald, mother of slain eight-year-old Woodstock girl Victoria Stafford, receives a hug from partner James Goris during a break in proceedings at the trial for Michael Rafferty, the accused in her daughters murder in London Ontario,Tuesday, March 13, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

  • Victoria Stafford Murder

    Tiana Polbodetto, 6, has a purple ribbon painted on her face to pay tribute to slain eight-year-old schoolgirl Victoria Stafford during a candlelight vigil in Tori's honour in Woodstock Ontario, Saturday, May 19, 2012.The vigil comes just over a week after her killer Michael Rafferty was found guilty in a London, Ontario court. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

  • Dustin Paxton

    "Evil. He's smart, mean, twisted. I would do anything not to get beaten any more."