York police have identified the victims of a quadruple homicide at a Markham home on Sunday.
Following autopsies, police have confirmed the victims are: 70-year-old Firoza Begum, 50-year-old Momotaz Begum, 59-year-old Moniruz Zaman, and 21-year-old Malesa Zaman, according to a media release.
Their cause of death has not been determined and will not be released as the case is before the courts, the release added.
Twenty-three-year-old Menhaz Zaman was charged with four counts of first-degree murder Monday after the bodies were found at a house on Castlemore Ave. Sunday afternoon. The police haven’t confirmed his relationship to the victims.
Friends of the family have told the Star the dead are his mother, father, sister and maternal grandmother.
Police received a call just before 3 p.m. “that there might be some people injured in the residence” on Castlemore Ave., just east of Mingay Ave., York Regional Police spokesman Const. Andy Pattenden, said Sunday.
“When our officers arrived, they located a man at the front door, had an interaction with him and he was taken into custody,” Pattenden said.
Officers then found the four bodies inside the home, he said.
Ammara Riaz, a who rented one of two basement apartments in the home for about five to six years until she moved out last year, on Monday said she never would have expected Menhaz to be accused of such crimes.
“He was such a nice, quiet, calm guy,” Riaz said of Menhaz. “I saw that guy all the time helping his parents.”
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May Warren is a breaking news reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @maywarren11