What should’ve been a day of celebration now serves as a heart-wrenching reminder of a family’s profound loss.
Christopher Skinner would’ve turned 29 Monday. He was murdered in October of 2009 while walking along Adelaide Street, near Victoria, after a night out. A black SUV pulled up and the occupants got out and beat him. They got back inside the vehicle and ran him over, police said.
On their loved one’s birthday, the family announced a reward for information on the case has been increased by another $25,000, bringing the total reward up to $150,000. Skinner’s father Warren said he raised the extra cash through private donations.
The grieving father said this year has been particularly hard because Mother’s Day fell the day before their late son’s birthday.
Last year, in an effort to generate leads in the case, Skinner’s family launched an ad campaign and put up posters in subway stations and in bus shelters.
Toronto Police homicide detective Stacey Gallant remains confident the case will be solved. There was more than one person in the SUV the night of the murder and he believes the conscience of at least one of those people must be gnawing at them.
If you have any information on this case, call Toronto Police at (416) 808-7400 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.