Thanushan Jeyakumaran was a hard-working teenager who worked six days a week, stocking the shelves of the Spice Land Supermarket, while trying to save money to bring his parents from Sri Lanka.
The 18-year-old dropped out of high school in grade 10 to start working full-time and save money. His young life was cut short when he was abducted from his workplace, stabbed and dumped in McLevin Park on January 14, 2005. He was found by police who rushed him to the hospital, but the teenager succumbed to his injuries.
Five men were arrested in connection with the crime. Two were charged with assault and forcible confinement, one with manslaughter, one with accessory after the fact, and one for obstructing police.
But, 15 years later, one man still remains wanted for First-Degree Murder in connection with Jeyakumaran’s death.
Purushothman Nadarajah, 22 at the time, was never found by police. He would now be 32.
Homicide Cold Case section Detective Sergeant Stacy Gallant said Nadarajah has family connections in Canada, England or Sri Lanka.
“We are hoping people can get this information to Sri Lanka and London, England through the Tamil community,” said Gallant.
“Thanushan was a completely innocent person,” said Staff Sergeant Graham Gibson, a detective on the case in 2005. Gibson said the men who picked up Jeyakumaran from his workplace had a dispute with another man and wanted information from Jeyakumaran on the man’s whereabouts.
When Jeyakumaran did not give any information, three men forced the teenager into a vehicle. Twenty minutes later, he was found by patrol officers in McLevin Park, with stab wounds.
His family and friends feel his loss deeply and continue to mourn. A Facebook page dedicated to Jeyakumaran is updated on his death anniversary, with notes from family and friends.
Gallant said investigators are dedicated to ensuring Nadarajah is put before the courts to face his charge.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, or to give a tip to Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).