Widow’s Plea For Justice

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 12:13 p.m. February 18, 2016

The widow of Alfredo “Freddie” Patriarca is appealing for witnesses to come forward and assist police with their investigation.

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A suspect in the shooting of Alfredo Patriarca seen on security video at the time of the murder

The 42-year-old father was shot and killed in his garage shortly after arriving at his Etobiocke home on the evening of January 20.

At a press conference at police headquarters on February 18, Detective Sergeant Joyce Schertzer read a letter written by Patriarca’s widow, appealing for help in cultivating witnesses.

“I am asking anyone who might know anything or anyone involved in the murder of my husband to please come forward with information that might assist in the arrest of the person responsible for taking his life,” she said. “Freddie was a very loving husband and my best friend. He was an extremely devoted father who adored his two little children. He was a son, a brother, an uncle and a man who was loved by so many. Please don’t let the person who killed Freddie get away with taking such a good and giving man. No one has the right to take the life of another. The person responsible needs to be found before they can do it again. People like this should not be walking the streets like the rest of us.”

Security video showing a suspect who entered the garage of Alfredo Patriarca at the time of his murder

Schertzer said Homicide investigators support the widow and her message.

Two weeks ago, Schertzer released security camera video of the suspect, seen moments before the shooting.

“There is little doubt in my mind that someone knows the identity of the shooter,” she said.

Schertzer added that the victim was the intended target of the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at  222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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