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Former North Bay woman murdered in Toronto

Police were called to an apartment in North York late Thursday and found St. Jean suffering serious injuries
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Leah St. Jean. Facebook

Global News in Toronto is reporting that a 31-year-old woman murdered there on Thursday is formerly from North Bay.

Police have charged a Toronto man with 2nd-degree murder in the death of Leah St. Jean.

Police were called to an apartment in North York late Thursday and found St. Jean suffering serious injuries. She later died at the scene.

She was living in Toronto at the time of her death.

On Saturday, Toronto police said that Soreeysa Abdi, 26,  from Toronto, was arrested in relation to the incident. His Facebook page says he is from Denver, Colorado.

The victim’s family told Global News that Abdi and St. Jean were roommates and that another woman also lived in the apartment with them.

Abdi was out on bail at the time of the incident related to drug offences in North Bay in 2018. He’s set to appear in court next month on those charges.

See: Four arrested in drug raid

He was charged in North Bay with:

  • One count of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine
  • One count of Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime
  • One count of Breach of Recognizance

At the time, North Bay Police Service’s Street Crime Unit charged three locals and Abdi after police raided an apartment in a residential building on Duke St.

The total estimated street value of the drugs seized was $7,000. 

Police believe Abdi and St. Jean first met in North Bay.

See Leah's obituary here.

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