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Man dead after downtown stabbing near Yonge and Gerrard

Police said the victim, identified Wednesday as Mark Ernsting, was speaking with someone on the street when he was approached by a third person and stabbed. “The deceased was just out for his normal evening walk and happened to come across the accused and he was attacked”.

Ernsting worked for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), where he was the project lead for a cancer treatment drug, according to his LinkedIn page.

Ernsting was also an adjunct professor at Ryerson University, which expressed “great sadness” at his death.

A 21-year-old Toronto man is due in court today to face charges related to the city’s 53rd homicide of the year.

Investigators believe Nimoh, who is known to police, may have tried to rob Ernsting.

Police said a suspect was arrested around 10 p.m. after he was picked up by officers on an unrelated matter. Galbraith said the incident was very unnerving and that the area is generally safe.

Ryerson Integrated Risk Management is now working with Toronto Police Services to ensure the campus’ safety.

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