Saturday, March 12, 2016

A ‘shocking’ arrest: Architect charged with attempted murder a self-confident overachiever

The brother of Ellis Galea Kirkland, the architect, designer, lobbyist and consultant arrested in a dramatic takedown — police rappelled down the side of a hotel where the distraught woman had perched for hours while wanted in the stabbing of a doorman at her tony Toronto condominium — asked for prayers for his sister.

“There is more in the papers than I know,” Father Edwin Galea, parish priest at Toronto’s St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, said Friday. “It’s very challenging, please keep her in your prayers.”

Friends and clients expressed a similar mix of concern and shock at Thursday’s events.

“I’m very surprised and shocked at what I hear,” said Chief Leo Friday of the Kashechewan First Nation, a troubled northern Ontario reserve that Kirkland is a long-time lobbyist for on infrastructure matters.

“I understand it is going to the courts. I want to know more about things,” he said.

Kirkland, 60, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and weapons dangerous after the 67-year-old doorman at Arbour Glen Apartments was stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife.  (more...)

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