Statement by Toronto Community Housing regarding Nighisti Semret

Statement by Toronto Community Housing regarding Nighisti Semret

October 24, 2012

TORONTO, October 24, 2012 Toronto Community Housing President and CEO Gene Jones and Board Chair Bud Purves have issued this statement following the homicide of Nighisti Semret.

This disturbing act of violence has touched everyone at Toronto Community Housing. On behalf of all employees and the board of directors, we want to extend our condolences to Ms. Semret's friends and loved ones for their loss, and to offer our support to all residents of our building on Winchester Street during this difficult time.

Everyone deserves to feel safe in their community, and we commend the actions of the neighbourhood residents who stepped in to help Ms. Semret.

Toronto Community Housing is working closely with Toronto Police Service to assist them with their investigation. We encourage anyone who has information about this incident to contact police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

About Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Community Housing ( is Canada's largest social housing provider and home to more than 164,000 tenants with low and moderate incomes-about six per cent of Toronto's population. Toronto Community Housing and its subsidiaries employ 1,400 staff in a broad range of jobs, who deliver its mission to provide affordable housing, connect tenants to services and opportunities, and work together to build healthy communities.


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