London police identified the man who was killed in a home invasion early Sunday morning, and are looking into the possibility that he might have ties to an African rebel group that is responsible for many deaths in Liberia. The Police said that the draft Law Horace, age 44, of Toronto, was shot dead during the incident on Pochard Lane around 4: 40 pm
According to police, four suspects arrived at 232 Pochard Ln. in the two vehicles.
They entered the house and a physical altercation took place, with Horace being shot by one of the suspects.
He was transported to the hospital where he was declared dead.
The suspects fled the scene prior to the arrival of the police.
They are described as follows:
- Male, Black, six feet tall, thin build, wearing a black hospital-style mask, grey sweatpants and a sweatshirt hoody
Male, Black, wearing a black hospital-style mask and a sweatshirt hoodie with a red stripe down the arm
Male, Black, wearing a black hospital-style mask and a sweat-shirt with hood
Male, Black, very light complexion, short, with a thin build, short braids and pants tracksuit bottoms grey
The Police do not believe this was a random incident.
“We believe that this was a target of the event, we do not believe that there is an immediate threat to the public in the manner that it was not a random attack,” says Det.-Superintendent Chris Newton with the London Police.
“But these men are considered armed and dangerous. We have a few tracks here, not to predict anything in the days to come, but we have things that we are working,” he adds.
There are reports that the victim was linked to the National Patriotic Front of Liberia, a rebel group involved in the First Liberian Civil War from 1989 to 1996.
And multiple sources of information name of the 44 year-old, the victim of a former commander of a rebel Liberian army whose alleged war crimes were the subject of an investigation.
Rodney Sieh is a media reporter Front Page Africa and has been covering stories involving Horace for some time.
“He died in a very violent way, kind of the way he lived his life during the civil war in Liberia,” said Sieh.
“He has been involved in one of the villains of the rebel factions in Liberia. He was a General, he was very ruthless, and those who remember him know that he has done some very terrible things, and that he was hiding out in Canada of all places,” Sieh added.
However, a source at the united Canadian Liberian Association of London, Ont. said Horace was never part of all the gatherings he had attended in London or Toronto.
As of Monday afternoon, London police would not confirm these details.
The investigation is ongoing.