Facts and Femicide

Femicide is commonly defined as the intentional murder of women because they are women. Broader definitions can include any killings of women or girls. The following list has attempted to include women or girls who were killed by men who are either their current or former intimate partner, a family member, someone known to them, or in some cases unknown but still targeted. This list includes women killed in Ontario and is based on media reports and other available sources. This means there may be errors or omissions. This list is partial.

Please refer to The Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses (OAITH) website for more information and a complete updated list. 

Annual Femicide List: November 26th 2019 to November 25th 2020

1. Catherine Ambrose, 63 November 14, 2020, Hamilton, ON.

Catherine will be remembered as a wonderful mother and wife. She will be missed dearly by friends, family and the rest of the Hamilton community. Her 30-year-old son was charged with second degree murder and aggravated assault.

Femicide Type: Family

Cause of Death: Trauma

2. Ashley Noell Arzaga, 24 February 24, 2020, Toronto, ON.

Ashley was a loving mother, daughter, sister, cousin and friend. Ashley was an outgoing, positive, kind, loving and genuine young woman, and she will be missed. A 17-year-old male was charged with first degree murder.

Femicide Type: Unknown

Cause of Death: Trauma

3. Iva Barcelos, 59 September 12, 2020, Etobicoke, ON.

Iva will be dearly missed. She was the mother of five children and will always be remembered by many friends and family. Her 28-year-old son had been connected to the femicide, before being struck by a train.

Femicide Type: Family

Cause of Death: Trauma

4. Darian Hailey Henderson Bellman, 25 July 28, 2020, Brampton, ON.

Darian was a beautiful, big-hearted person who cared greatly about other people. Darian had many close friends and family who will miss her immensely. Her 27-year-old boyfriend has been charged with second-degree murder.

Femicide Type: IPF

Cause of Death: Shooting

 

5. Julie Berman, 51 December 22, 2019, Toronto, ON.

Julia will be remembered by her friends as an outspoken advocate for transgender rights and a strong voice against the violence that impacted her community. A 27-year-old male has been charged with second-degree murder.

Femicide Type: Unknown

Cause of Death: Trauma

 

6. Margaret Cameron, 66 December 21, 2019. Toronto, ON.

Margaret will be missed by her friends and family. A 49-yearold male, known to her was charged with first-degree murder. Femicide Type: Known

Cause of Death: Trauma

 

7. Hang-Kam Annie Chiu, 64 February 21, 2020, Scarborough, ON.

Hang-Kam Annie will be remembered by the entire community, friends and family as someone who helped others. Hang-Kam Annie was planning to retire in September. A 30-year-old male was charged with first degree murder terrorist activity. Femicide Type: Unknown

Cause of Death: Trauma

8. Cara Cochrane, 37 June 7, 2020, Kingston, ON.

Cara will be remembered by family, friends and coworkers as a beautiful and loving soul. She will be missed dearly by her coworkers, her parents, her sister and her four-year old son. Her ex-boyfriend, 35 years old, was charged with aggravated assault, and assault causing bodily harm.

Femicide Type: IPF

Cause of Death: Trauma

 

9. Jane Doe, 45 August 22, 2020, Belleville, ON.

She will continue to be remembered by close friends and family as well as her community. A 24-year old male has been charged with second degree murder.

Femicide Type: Unknown

Cause of Death: Trauma

 

10. Jane Doe, 60 May 29, 2020, St. Catherines, ON.

She will be remembered as a very nice and welcoming woman in her community. A publication ban is in effect and her identity remains confidential. A 60-year-old male living in the same residence was charged with first-degree murder. Femicide Type: Known

Cause of Death: Undisclosed

 

11. Jane Doe, 69 October 25, 2020, Sarnia, ON.

She will continue to be remembered by her community as her loved ones and family will cherish her memory. A man, 42, has been charged with second degree murder.

Femicide Type: Unknown

Cause of Death: Trauma

12. Debbie Fardella, 60 December 18, 2019, Kingston, ON.

Debbie will be remembered in the Hillendale community as a loving mother of two boys. Her 59-year-old husband was charged with second degree murder. He died while in custody.

Femicide Type: IPF

Cause of Death: Trauma

 

13. Karen Gottschalk-Millar, 63 July 24, 2020, Ottawa, ON.

Karen will be remembered in her community of North Grenville as a valued and respected not-for-profit home worker. She will be missed by her family, friends and colleagues. A 32-year-old resident of the home has been charged with second-degree murder.

Femicide Type: Known

Cause of Death: Undisclosed

14. Amy Hager, 20 September 21, 2020, Hamilton, ON.

Amy will be fondly remembered by her classmates, friends and family as a beautifully kind soul that was taken too soon. Her 39-year-old boyfriend was charged with second degree murder.

Femicide Type: IPF

Cause of Death: Trauma

15. Audrey Hopkinson, 33 April 1, 2020, Brockville, ON.

Audrey was a loving mother of her two children, who would do anything for them. She was a dedicated nurse and loyal friend who always put others before herself. She will be missed by her friends and family. Audrey was pregnant at the time of the shooting. Her 44-year-old boyfriend turned the gun on himself after killing Audrey.

Femicide Type: Femicide-Suicide

Cause of Death: Shooting

16. Keira Kagan, 4 February 9, 2020, Milton, ON. Keira was a young child that was taken too early. She is missed dearly by her mother. She was killed in a murder-suicide by her 35-year-old father.

Femicide Type: Femicide-Suicide

Cause of Death: Undisclosed

 

17. Sharanjeet Kaur, 27 December 9, 2019, Brampton, ON. Sharanjeet was a highly educated web developer. She obtained a master’s degree in digital multimedia from Humber college in 2017. She will be deeply missed by co-workers and family. Her 35-year-old ex-boyfriend killed Sharanjeet and himself at the time of the crime.

Femicide Type: Femicide-Suicide

Cause of Death: Undisclosed

 

18. Belynda Kerelchuk, 50 October 6, 2020. Mississauga, ON.

Belynda was a proud mother of two children. She was also an appreciated daughter, stepdaughter, cousin, granddaughter, niece, and aunt. She was the Vice President of Aon Benfield. She was also a talented at figure skating. She will be deeply missed by her friends and colleagues as she was very kind and great to work with. Her 53-year-old husband was charged with second-degree murder.

Femicide Type: IPF

Cause of Death: Trauma

19. Maryna Kudzianiuk, 49 January 13, 2020. Scarborough, ON.

Maryna will be remembered by her friends and family as the most caring and loving individual. She was like a second mother to many and a very kind person who always quick to help anyone in need. She will be missed by many. A 37-year-old male was charged with first degree murder.

Femicide Type: Unknown

Cause of Death: Trauma

20. Giulia Matthews, 54 January 20th, 2020, Toronto, ON.

Giulia will be remembered by her family, friends, and neighbours who knew her to be a positive light in her community. She was known for extending kindness and compassion to everyone she met. She will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her. Her 17-year-old son has been charged with second-degree murder.

Femicide Type: Family

Cause of Death: Undisclosed

 

21. Judy Neddo, 75 October 11th, 2020, Temiskaming Shores, ON.

Judy was a generous, nurturing, and empathetic woman who loved spending time in her flower garden or taking care of her family and home. She will be dearly missed by her three daughters and six grandchildren. Her 77-year-old husband killed Judy and then himself.

Femicide Type: Femicide-suicide

Cause of Death: Trauma

 

22. Brittney Newman, 25 February 9, 2020, Mississauga, ON.

Brittney was the mother of two children, who will be remembered as a caring and loving daughter and granddaughter. She will be missed dearly. Her ex-boyfriend, 27, was charged with second-degree murder.

Femicide Type: Intimate Partner

Cause of Death: Trauma

23. Margaret Nishikawara, 95 October 20, 2020, Toronto, ON.

Margaret was a mother and grandmother. She will be missed dearly by friends and family that knew her as gentle soul with a love for art and cooking. Her 66-year-old son has been charged with second-degree murder.

Femicide Type: Family

Cause of Death: Undisclosed

24. Heeral Patel, 28 January 13, 2020, Brampton, ON.

Heeral will be remembered as a hard-working personal support worker who was known for her commitment to her job. She will be missed dearly by her friends and family, as well as her co-workers. A first-degree murder charge was planned by her ex-husband before his death.

Femicide Type: Femicide-Suicide

Cause of Death: Asphyxia

25. Teresa Santos, 75 August 11, 2020, Toronto, ON.

Teresa will be remembered as a dear friend to many. She will be missed by many of her friends who live in the same apartment complex as her. A 40-year-old male was charged with second-degree murder.

Femicide Type: Known

Cause of Death: Undisclosed

 

26. Helen Sedo, 61 July 29, 2020, Aurora, ON

Helen was a wonderful mother, and her son will miss her dearly. Neighbourhood friends and will also miss her kind presence. A 61-year-old male has been charged with second-degree murder.

Femicide Type: IPF

Cause of Death: Unknown

27. Theepa Seevaratnam, 39 March 13, 2020. Scarborough, ON.

Theepa was a proud Indo-Canadian. Theepa will be remembered lovingly by her family and friends. A 29-year-old male has been charged with second-degree murder and two other males, 27 and 42-years-old were each charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Femicide Type: Unknown

Cause of Death: Shooting

28. Sangita Sharma, 56 August 13, 2020, Brampton, ON.

Sangita will be missed dearly by those whose lives she has touched with her kindness. She was a pharmacist and known to all as hard working and a great woman. She will continue to live on in their hearts and memories. Two suspects have been identified; however, no arrests have been made.

Femicide Type: Unknown

Cause of Death: Shooting

 

29. Tigist Takle, 31 November 18, 2020, Toronto, ON.

Tigist will be deeply missed by family and loved ones. She was known in her community as a hard worker with a kind heart. A 36-year-old male has been charged with first degree murder.

Femicide Type: IPF

Cause of Death: Trauma

30. Sarah Marie Thwaits, 29 March 13, 2020, Sarnia, ON. Sarah will be remembered by family and friends as a kindhearted person. She will especially be missed by her two young boys who were the light of her world. A 34-year-old male acquaintance was charged with first degree murder.

Femicide Type: Known

Cause of Death: Trauma

31. Adelaide Traynor, 15 September 4th, 2020, Oshawa, ON. Adelaide will be remembered as a firecracker and flower wrapped into one. She was known to radiate joy wherever she went. She was killed in her home by a male relative along with her father and two brothers. Her mother and brother survived. She will be deeply missed by her numerous friends and family.

Femicide Type: Family

Cause of Death: Shooting

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