York Regional Police have charged a man with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of four people who were found dead in a home in Markham on Sunday afternoon.
Menhaz Zaman, 23, of Markham, was arrested by York Regional police at the home, on Castlemore Ave. just east of Mingay Ave., on Sunday and was scheduled to appear in court in Newmarket morning.
Police had received a call just before 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon “that there were possibly multiple people injured inside the residence,” York Regional Police spokesman Const. Andy Pattenden said in a press conference on Monday.
“When our officers arrived, they did find a man at the front door of the residence. That man was arrested and has been in custody ever since,” he said.
The officers who then entered the home found bodies of three adult women and one adult man, he said. The victims weren’t transported to hospital and were all still inside the two-storey brick home as of Sunday night.
The area around the home was cordoned off with yellow police tape. The front garden appears well cared for and several flower pots hung from the second-floor balcony.
“The identification process for the deceased is going to take quite some time as post-mortems need to be done by the coroner,” Pattenden told reporters.
“Once those post-mortems are complete, we will be able to advise who the deceased are.”
Area residents gathered near the home Sunday night said it was a peaceful “close-knit community.”
Pascoal D’Souza, who lives across the street and was among those watching officers walk in and out of the home on Sunday, said it was unsettling to see such a heavy police presence in his quiet neighbourhood, where he said the residents typically “keep to themselves.”
“It’s a shock, because you never think anything like this would happen near where you live,” he said.
With files from Betsy Powell and The Canadian Press
Jacob Lorinc is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @jacoblorinc
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