Toronto police have identified the three homicide victims found inside a Thorncliffe Park apartment as a mother and her two young sons.
They are Zahra Mohamoud Abdille, 43, Faris Abdille, 13, and Zain Abdille, 8.
Both boys were students at schools in the Toronto District School Board.
“We can confirm that Zain Abdille was a student at William Burgess Elementary School and Faris Abdille was a student at Westwood Middle School,” the Board said in a statement to CityNews.
“Our thoughts are with their family, friends and teachers at this difficult time. Counselling is in place at the schools and will remain for as long as needed.”
The bodies were found in an apartment at 85 Thorncliffe Park Dr., near Don Mills and Overlea Boulevard, shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday.
President of the Toronto Police Association Mike McCormack said the horrific crime scene has rattled seasoned officers.
“They had a very difficult time dealing with that situation,” he said. “(But) they are getting though it. It is pretty shocking…and we are helping to support them to get through this.”
“Whenever you are dealing with children, that’s when you get to that next level and that’s when it gets really hard to take.”
Sources told CityNews that a 46-year-old man who fell to his death from the Don Valley Parkway on Saturday is connected to their deaths.
Police went to the apartment to notify his next of kin and discovered the bodies inside.
They are the city’s 51st, 52nd and 53rd homicides of 2014.
With files from Pam Seatle and Toronto staff
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