Police arrest 23-year-old in killing of prominent philanthropist in North York

Toronto police have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the killing of a prominent oral surgeon and philanthropist.

Police say Dr. Paul Morgan, 79, was killed at his North York home on April 15. When officers arrived at Morgan’s Howard Drive home, they found him dead with obvious signs of trauma.

Morgan was known for generously supporting a number of community projects, and in 2012 won the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. 

“He has given his time and expertise to support breakfast programs, arts activists and sports events for First Nation communities, as well as youth at risk,” the Governor General’s website says of Morgan’s work.

On Monday, Makoons Meawasige-Moore, a Toronto man, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Toronto police confirmed Meawasige-Moore had previously been arrested in 2017 in connection with a string of arsons, where he allegedly set fire to garbage bins and furniture, some of which was left on people’s front porches. 

In one fire, someone suffered first- and second-degree burns, according to police news release from the time.

At the time, Meawasige-Moore was charged with five counts of arson causing damage to property and two counts of arson “having disregard for human life.”

CBC News has not confirmed whether he was ultimately convicted on those charges.

Meawasige-Moore was set to appear in a courthouse Monday in connection with Morgan’s death.

Anyone with information about the investigation is being asked to contact police directly or through Crime Stoppers.

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