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Mother holds dying son after west-end knife attack

A mother held her dying son moments after he was fatally stabbed on Monday night near Eglinton Avenue and Dufferin Street in the city’s west end.

Michael Cocomello, 20, died Tuesday morning in hospital. He was stabbed several times in the back and torso around 9:20 p.m. on Nairn Avenue.

His mother, Sandra, heard his cries after the attack and ran out to help him.

“I heard him yelling outside and I ran to his body and I held him,” the grieving mother told CityNews.

“I didn’t know what to do. He said ‘Mom, I’m dying.’ And I just held him.”

Officers were canvassing the area for leads on Tuesday morning.

“We believe the deceased was lured out of his apartment to this location,” Insp. Ken Taylor said on Nairn.

“The motive is yet unknown.”

Taylor said that after Cocomello was stabbed, he tried to walk home. He fell several times before collapsing just outside his apartment.

Cocomello, who also went by the name Michael Mandino, was known to police, but it is “dated,” Taylor said, and it’s not believed that it had anything to do with his murder.

However, police said Cocomello was targeted and the stabbing was not random.

No arrests have been made and so far, police haven’t released a suspect description.

Police are asking for witnesses to come forward.

The victim’s mother, who said her son had just started a new job on Monday, had a direct message for the murderer.

“You really didn’t have to kill him. You really didn’t have to go that way. You could’ve dealt with it differently. But you know what? Karma will get you back,” she said. “Not justice, but karma.”

Cocomello’s death marks the city’s 10th homicide of the year.