A horrific act of domestic violence shattered a family Wednesday, claiming the lives of a mom, her teenage son and a teen daughter.
A 29-year-old man believed to be the 39-year-old mother’s boyfriend is in custody for the triple murder.
Officers responded to a house on Hilling Dr. — south of Bayly St. W. and Westney Rd. S. — around 11 a.m. after receiving a 911 call from a woman known to the mother stopped by to “check on the well-being of her friend” and was confronted by the man, spokesman Dave Selby said Wednesday.
“She was refused entry and the male left the area in a vehicle,” he said.
After arriving at the house, officers initially found Roy Pejcinovski, 15, dead and his 13-year-old sister, Venallia, critically injured.
The girl was rushed to a local hospital and later transferred to a Toronto trauma centre, where she died Wednesday night.
A third child was not at home at the time of the slayings.
The suspect’s black pickup truck was later found abandoned near Brock Rd. and Hwy. 401.
Cory Fenn, 29, of Ajax, was arrested Wednesday evening in a residential area of Oshawa and on Thursday will appear in court where he will officially be charged with three counts of second-degree murder.
The man did not live in the home and was not the children’s father.
The ordeal took a strange turn about 2 1/2 hours after the initial call when emergency crews suddenly returned to the house with sirens blaring and lights flashing.
Const. George Tudos confirmed at the scene that another victim had been found dead inside the home and it was protocol to notify paramedics.
Cops later revealed the second murder victim was the mother of the slain boy and girl, Krassimira Pejcinovski.
Police were tight-lipped about exactly what happened, but unconfirmed reports suggested all three were stabbed.
Neighbours were stunned to learn of the grim news.
“It’s horrible,” said Christina Nelson, a longtime resident of the normally quiet street.
Nelson, who arrived home Wednesday just in time to see paramedics whisk away one victim while frantically performing CPR, said she didn’t know the family but added they moved into their home a couple of years ago.
“Something went very wrong over there,” she said.
Roy was an avid hockey player who played goal for the Don Mills Flyers. His hockey team took their condolences to Twitter.
“The Don Mills Flyers are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Bantam goaltender Roy Pejcinovski. Roy was an outstanding goalie, teammate, and above all person.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pejcinovski family at this time.”
Friends of Roy also expressed their shock on social media.
“Rest In Peace to Roy Pejcinovski Not only a outstanding goalie but one of the best teammates I’ve had. Love you bro,” reads one flattering tweet from those reacting to news of his murder.
Colin Veecock, a longtime neighbourhood resident with two young kids, said the deadly violence hit “a little close to home.”
“I’m very shocked to hear what happened,” he said.