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Vigil Held For Hit-And-Run Victim

Friends and supporters took part in a vigil Sunday evening for a Toronto man killed in a hit-and-run.

Christopher Skinner was walking home alone early Sunday morning after celebrating his sister’s birthday in the entertainment district. He was almost home when he got into a confrontation with the occupants of a black SUV.

Witnesses say at least two men got out of the vehicle, beat Skinner and left him lying on the ground at Adelaide and Victoria streets. They then allegedly got back into their vehicle, ran their victim over and drove off. Skinner was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died.

On Saturday, police released new surveillance video in the case and say it may reveal why he was murdered. Det. Stacy Gallant suggested Skinner may have unintentionally hit the suspect vehicle while trying to hail a cab.

Skinner’s friends organized the vigil in an attempt to bring attention to the investigation and deal with their grief.

It started at Church and Wellesley streets, made its way down to Queen, then along Victoria Street to the spot where Skinner died.

“I have been in contact with his family. They have given their blessing to the event. From their perspective, any attention that’s brought to his murder will hopefully bring his killers to justice,” revealed organizer Jeff Myers.

The driver of the SUV is described as:

  • light-skinned
  • under 30 years old
  • short, military-style hair
  • last seen wearing a tight, black tank top

There were as many as three other people in the SUV.

If you can help, call police at 416-808-7410 or 416-808-7406. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).