The family of murder victim Christopher Skinner marked the third anniversary of his death with Toronto police on Thursday and continued to appeal for tips in the unsolved case.
“Even though it’s been three years and we’ve moved on – we still go to work and we still celebrate birthdays – it’s still like it happened yesterday,” Christopher’s sister Taryn said at a news conference at Toronto police headquarters.
“We’ve been through hell and no one should walk away from making us feel like that,” she added.
Taryn and Christopher had been out celebrating her birthday the night of his murder. He was 27 and engaged to be married.
Skinner was killed in the early morning hours on Oct. 18, 2009, when he was beaten by a group of men and then run over by an SUV at Victoria and Adelaide streets. Investigators believe Skinner got into some type of altercation with the group before he was murdered.
After reviewing security camera footage, police say they have a better idea of how that altercation began.
“Chris was attempting to hail a cab … and may have inadvertently touched a passing vehicle,” Det.-Sgt. Stacy Gallant said at the news conference.
“The occupants of that vehicle met up with Chris in front of a black SUV a short time after that interaction. Chris was assaulted. He was kicked to the ground and he was left on the ground.
“The occupants returned to the SUV and the driver, without hesitation, put the vehicle in motion and drove directly over Chris with the front and back wheels,” he continued.
The driver never stopped, Gallant said.
Christopher’s father Warren said private donations have led to an increased cash reward for any information that leads to an arrest.
“The total reward $150,000,” he said at the news conference, hoping to generate more leads and find his son’s killer.
“It’s a cliché to use the word closure, but that’s the word,” he said.
Police said the driver and the other passengers in the car bear different levels of responsibility. Gallant urged those passengers to contact a lawyer and come forward.
“Someone out there knows who did this. You’ll feel better once you come forward,” he said.
“The driver, one of these days, we will be knocking at your door,” he said.
The Skinner family has been active on social media in an effort to generate tips on the murder.