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Toronto's Accused Gay Serial Killer Charged With 7th Murder

Bruce McArthur
Accused killer Bruce McArthur

The body of 42-year-old Abdulbasir Faizi was found stuffed in a planter.

Toronto landscaper Bruce McArthur, already accused of killing six men in the city's Gay Village, has just been charged with another murder. The victim, Abdulbasir Faizi, was among the remains police recovered in planters at a home McArthur worked and stored equipment, reports The Hamilton Spectator.

Toronto police struggled to identify Faizi's remains, even releasing a photo "after exhausting other methods of identifying the man." His body, like that of the other victims, was dismembered before being placed in the planter. The bodies were in various stages of decomposition, so forensic experts were called in to reconstruct them.

Abdulbasir Faizi, a 42-year-old Afghani immigrant, went missing December 29, 2010. He was last seen leaving the factory he worked at around 7 p.m the night before. His car was found abandoned.

"He worked night and day. That night, he called my sister, his wife, and said, 'I'm coming home late tonight.' She asked him why, and he said he is going out with a friend from work." his sister-in-law Nijiba told Daily Xtra in 2013.

Faizi is one of three men who went missing from the the gayborhood between 2010 and 2012, including Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, and Majeed Kayhan, 58. They all were middle-aged immigrants. The police linked their disappearances in June of 2013 to their ethnicities and activities in the village.

McArthur, 66, appeared via court video to face the new charges. He's already been charged with the murder of Navaratnam and Kayhan as well as the deaths of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Soroush Mahmudi and Dean Lisowick.

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