It has been one year since the arrest of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.
The 67-year-old former landscaper is facing eight counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of men with ties to the city’s gay village.
On Jan. 18 of last year, police surveilling McArthur moved in to arrest him when they saw a man enter his Thorncliffe Park apartment.
That same day, police launched a massive investigation that saw officers conduct search warrants on several properties, including a home on Mallory Crescent in Leaside.
Police would later discover the remains of eight men on that property — seven in planters and one in a ravine behind the house.
At 10:25 a.m. on Friday, a lone bagpiper played a lament for the alleged victims at a parkette near the Mallory Crescent property. It marked the exact time when police arrived to tell the homeowners they needed to leave the property for them to conduct their search.
Lone bagpiper plays outside 53 Mallory Crescent, marking the one year anniversary Toronto Police began excavating this property, finding the remains of 8 men, all allegedly murdered by Bruce McArthur. McArthur was arrested that same day. pic.twitter.com/K55RJHU2eP
— Momin Qureshi (@Momin680NEWS) January 18, 2019
Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga, the lead investigator in the case, was at the ceremony to pay his respects.
“I’m just here to pay respects to the victims and to the family that lives here and what they endured starting last January 2018,” he said
The garage of the home had the words written on it: “We are one. We are how we treat each other when the day is done.”
McArthur waived his right to a preliminary hearing in October, moving the case to Superior Court.
The judge announced last month that the trial will begin in January of 2020.