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GETHIGA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-04-01 published
Night of horror
Friends were unable to prevent the fight between buddies that left one of them dead on the street in a pool of blood with his girlfriend weeping over his body.
By Jennifer O'BRIEN, Free Press Reporter
A 20-year-old London father is dead, one of his best Friends is accused of killing him and his heartbroken girlfriend and Friends are left wondering why it happened. James BLAIR, the guy "who always had a smile," died Wednesday night after he was stabbed in the stomach in front of a northwest London apartment building.
Eighteen-year-old Mwangi GETHIGA -- known as Kuggy to his Friends was charged yesterday with second-degree murder.
BLAIR and GETHIGA had a fist fight in the apartment at 75 Oakville Ave. that is across the hall from where BLAIR's girlfriend, Sonyda KHOUN, lives with their son, Latteral, Friends said yesterday.
"He was the nicest kid, man. He always had a smile on his face," said Sok PHUM, 26, one of many Friends who gathered outside the building yesterday.
"He always brought you up. That's the way he was."
Still stunned by what they'd seen the night before, Friends were struggling to make sense of what had happened to "one of the coolest kids around."
"We were all sitting around the apartment like always," said Jon COLEBY, 19, one of three roommates who live in the apartment where the fight broke out. "We are all really good Friends. They (BLAIR and GETHIGA) hung out every day."
As he spoke, COLEBY occasionally put a hand up to the bridge of his nose, where a purple bruise reminded him of the fight he'd tried desperately to stop the night before.
A crowd of Friends, including BLAIR, GETHIGA and COLEBY, were drinking beer and planning to take out turntables later to do some freestyle rapping, COLEBY said.
BLAIR was a gifted freestyler, he said. "And when he got drunk, he loved to freestyle."
But that night the skinny, fun-loving dad with the dreadlocks never got the chance.
BLAIR became drunk and obnoxious, said Jessica ROBERTS, 18, who lives with COLEBY and another roommate in the apartment.
"He just started being rowdy and annoying," she said.
Some of the Friends told BLAIR to leave, and he did. But about 10 minutes later, he came back into the ground-floor unit.
GETHIGA then told BLAIR to "get out, that he wasn't wanted in there at the time," COLEBY said.
BLAIR took issue with that and the two Friends started pushing, then punching each other, while others tried to break it up, COLEBY said.
BLAIR left the apartment. But when he was outside, he shouted a racial slur to GETHIGA, he said.
"(GETHIGA) just went in the kitchen and grabbed a knife," COLEBY said. "We all started fighting with him, trying to get him to drop the knife, but he was fighting and punching, he punched me in the face... and we couldn't get it."
GETHIGA made his way out.
By the time COLEBY got outside, BLAIR was down in front of the building, lying in a pool of blood only metres away from his baby boy, his girlfriend and his Friends.
"There was all this blood and his face was so pale," COLEBY shuddered. "He was gurgling."
It was chaos.
BLAIR's girlfriend, Khoun, raced outside. At one point, she held her baby's father in her arms, screaming and crying.
She also called 911, while Friends tried cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
"She was hysterical," said COLEBY. She was holding BLAIR on the ground, crying out 'Who did this?'
At a friend's house later yesterday afternoon, the devastated young mother could hardly speak.
Holding her 23-month-old in her arms, tears rolled down her cheeks.
Then Khoun asked for a pen and paper to write something to her boyfriend of four years.
"We miss your smile, goofiness and loud mouth," she wrote. "Latteral and I will always love you deep within our hearts... We didn't lose anything. We gained an angel," she wrote.
BLAIR was born and raised in London, went to Sir Wilfrid Laurier secondary school and was taking adult education when he died, his Friends said.
"We're all Friends. We all grew up together," said Ken PHOMSAMOUT. "He had this great big smile."

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GETHIGA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-09-26 published
Homicide No. 13
By Kelly PEDRO, Free Press Crime Reporter
A Toronto-area man faces a second-degree murder charge after one man was shot to death and another injured in a pub parking lot early yesterday.
Dwayne PITTER, 23, of Vaughan, was charged yesterday with second-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with London's record 13th homicide.
PITTER is to appear in a London court today.
Joshua Kenneth WILLIAMS, 22, of the London area, was shot in the torso outside the Roxbury Pub and Grill at 1165 Oxford St. E. at 2: 20 a.m.
He died later.
Three people, including PITTER, were taken into custody. The other two were released, police said last night.
Detectives scoured the lot yesterday as they wrestled with a skyrocketing number of homicides this year.
Neighbours said they saw a crowd leave the bar about 2: 30 a.m., then heard screaming.
"I heard the gunshots and I saw someone go down. I thought it was firecrackers," said a woman who was standing outside the Roxbury near a variety store at the time. She did want to give her name.
"I heard two shots and I ran into the (variety) store."
Police said a dispute outside the bar led to the shooting.
Police and paramedics arrived to find WILLIAMS seriously hurt and another man shot in the arm. The second man was treated and released from hospital.
Police have recovered a handgun and are not looking for any more weapons, said Det. Andrew WHITFORD.
It's unclear whether WILLIAMS, the injured man and the three people in custody had just left the Roxbury when the shooting happened, WHITFORD said.
But there were about 40 people in the parking lot when a disagreement broke out, he said. Police are still probing the cause of the dispute.
WHITFORD said many witnesses: have come forward and bar staff have co-operated.
Roxbury staff declined comment yesterday.
Neighbours have complained of fights and loud noise after the bar's closing time.
"It's scary," said Brenda PARSONS, who lives in a nearby townhouse complex. "You don't need television to live in this neighbourhood. There's enough entertainment outside."
PARSONS said she thinks police should patrol the area more regularly on Friday and Saturday nights.
The parking lot is the same one in which Ryan VLAAD, 26, died after being punched in the head during an early morning brawl in July 2002.
Ward 3 Coun. Bernie MacDONALD said he's fielded complaints from neighbours who have had beer bottles thrown at their houses and on their property after 2 a.m. and have heard fights breaking out.
"This has been an ongoing thing with the residents," he said.
The concerns were passed on to police and MacDONALD thought the problems had been quelled until he heard about yesterday's shooting.
But MacDONALD said he thinks drugs are the "root evil" behind violence and shootings in the city this year.
"Until we cut the flow of drugs, we're going to see this and it's going to continue to rise," he said.
Police said they don't know whether drugs were involved in the fatal shooting.
Officers blocked off a large section of the strip mall, which also houses a Sport Mart, Goodwill, variety store, karate school and Tim Hortons.
A green Jeep and a black car also were taped off, though police wouldn't say why.
A shell casing and knife were visible at the scene.
A green camouflage hat, grey T-shirt, plastic beer cups, a cigarette pack and a lighter were strewn near what appeared to be a bloody stain near the black car.
Forensic detectives picked through the evidence and used a fire department aerial truck to photograph and videotape the lot.
An autopsy will be conducted today to determine the cause of death.
Other London Slayings This Year
- January 9: Laura WILSON, 20, was found stabbed on Thistledown Way. Her ex-boyfriend is charged with first-degree murder.
- February 14: Kenneth Michael BANNON, 41, was found dead in an Albert Street apartment. Brenda JOHN, 43, is charged with manslaughter.
- March 30: James BLAIR, 20, was stabbed outside an Oakville Avenue apartment building. Mwangi GETHIGA, 18, is charged with second-degree murder.
- April 22: Wilford BEBEE, 65, was stabbed outside his McNay Street home. His stepson is charged with second-degree murder.
- May 2: An infant was found dead in a home on Four Oaks Crescent. Katherine PECKHAM, 25, is charged with manslaughter.
- June 23: John MARYS, 71, was stabbed in his William Street apartment. Godwin GRIXTI, 53, is charged first-degree murder.
- June 27: Halina CZUBA, 37, her daughter, Julia, 13, and son, Michal, 5, were stabbed in their 682 Princess Ave. home. Frank GREDA, 40, was also found dead in the house from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
- June 28: Yorn MEY was slain in her Chippewa Drive home. Her husband is charged with second-degree murder.
- August 5: Stephen CORMACK, 45, was stabbed after a botched robbery in a Huron Street apartment. Dameon LODGE, 24, is charged with manslaughter.
- September 8: A fight involving two men left Kai ZHENG, 22, dead outside 1128 Adelaide St. N. Geun Chul LEE, 25, is charged with manslaughter.

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GETTAS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-07 published
GETTAS, George Peter
George Peter was born in Kitchener-Waterloo on June 27, 1913 and passed away peacefully on June 4, 2005 in London, Ontario. His early years were spent in Simcoe before attending London Central Collegiate Institute, and then the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1938 from the Faculty of Medicine. He specialized as a surgeon, in Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat at Columbia University / St. Luke's, New York City, then served as Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Second World War. Afterwards, he returned to London where he both was in private practice and instructed at the University of Western Ontario.
He is survived by his children, George and his wife, Marsha of Toronto; Philip of New York City; Diane HAGGIS of London and Gregg of New York City. Grandfather of Marisa and Griffin GETTAS of Toronto; Alissa and Katie HAGGIS of Los Angeles; Lauren HAGGIS of New York City. He leaves behind his beloved sister, Irene GETTAS of Antigonish, Nova Scotia; and his former wife, Theo GETTAS of London. The family would like to express their appreciation to Virginia FRANK and Terry COTTRILL, both of London, for their kind support for the past many years.
Peter loved sports and at 14 years of age, played on a men's baseball team while attending highschool. During the 1930's while playing basketball for Western in the inter-university league against McGill, Queens, and University of Toronto, he was the tallest player in the league. He was also interested in photography, fishing and a past member of Sunningdale Golf and Country Club, and the London Curling Club. A service will be held in Peter's honour, conducted by Father Elias at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 133 Southdale Road, West (3 lights east of Wonderland Road), on Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, tributes may be made to the University Hospital. The family thanks the doctors and nurses for their care and concern.

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GETTAS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-14 published
GETTAS, Stanley Konstantine " Stavros"
Stanley Konstantine (Stavros) of Delhi, formerly of Tillsonburg (born in Greece) passed away peacefully in his 103rd year June 12, 2005 at The Village of Tansley Woods Nursing Home, Burlington. A kind and gentle soul, he was predeceased by his wife Ethel (Anthoula), four siblings George, Harry, Eriketi and Angeliki. Dear father of Tina LIABOTIS (Bill) and Deno GETTAS (Sherry) and loving grandfather of Peter and Dr. Stephanie LIABOTIS. The family wishes to extend special thanks to the staff of Tansley Woods who provided such excellent care. Resting at Logan Funeral Home. Visitation Tuesday, June 14, 7-9 p.m. Funeral service Wednesday, June 15 at 11: 00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Southdale Road, London. Interment following at Woodland Cemetery. Donations may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund or the Canadian Diabetes Association. Online condolences www.loganfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mr. GETTAS.

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GETTAS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-06-15 published
GETTAS, Stanley Konstantine " Stavros"
Stanley Konstantine (Stavros) of Delhi, formerly of Tillsonburg (born in Greece) passed away peacefully in his 103rd year June 12, 2005 at The Village of Tansley Woods Nursing Home, Burlington. A kind and gentle soul, he was predeceased by his wife Ethel (Anthoula), four siblings George, Harry, Eriketi and Angeliki. Dear father of Tina LIABOTIS (Bill) and Deno GETTAS (Sherry) and loving grandfather of Peter and Dr. Stephanie LIABOTIS. The family wishes to extend special thanks to the staff of Tansley Woods who provided such excellent care. Resting at Logan Funeral Home. Visitation Tuesday, June 14, 7-9 p.m. Funeral service Wednesday, June 15 at 11: 00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Southdale Road, London. Interment following at Woodland Cemetery. Donations may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund or the Canadian Diabetes Association. Online condolences www.loganfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mr. GETTAS.

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GETTLIFFE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-21 published
HARPER, Doreen
At Southlake Health Centre, Newmarket on Monday, September 19, 2005 in her 71st year. Beloved wife of the late Clifford. Loving Mom of Debbie and her husband Peter GETTLIFFE, Gordon and his wife Joanne, Brian and Steven and his wife Anne. Proud Grandma of 15 and Great-Grandma of 1. Dear sister to Eleanor RUNDLE and Lillian BISHOP (Wally.) She will be sadly missed by her many relatives and Friends. Visitation will be held at O'Neill Funeral Home, 6324 Main Street, Stouffville (905-642-2855) on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service Thursday at 1 p.m. If desired, donations may be made to the Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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GETTY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-07-13 published
DUNDASS, Ena M.
Peacefully at Chelsey Park Nursing Home on Monday, July 11th, 2005, Ena M. DUNDASS, in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Mel DUNDASS (1993.) Loving mother of Ruth GETTY (Doug) and Carolyn MacKAY (Ian) of London, Bill DUNDASS (Rose) of Bayfield and Jim DUNDASS (Diane) of Sherwood Park, Alberta. Cherished grandmother of 14 and greatgrandmother of 12. Ena graduated from Victoria Hospital School of Nursing (1936). Friends may call at the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel, (520 Dundas Street, London) on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Ena's life will be held at Centennial United Church on Saturday July 16th, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment of ashes in Putnam United Church Cemetery at a later date. Those wishing to make donations in memory of Ena are asked to consider Centennial United Church, where Ena was a member all her life.

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GETTY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-10-05 published
BLOIS, Robert E.
Passed away peacefully at Roberta Place, Barrie on Tuesday, October 4th, 2005. Predeceased by his wife Margaret Mary Josephine Reynolds (GETTY) and his grand_son Dean Kenneth ALLAN. Bob is survived by his son Robert Patrick, daughter Marjorie Mary and her husband Rick ALLAN, grand_son Rory Shawn ALLAN and his wife Lisa, and great-granddaughters Nicolette and Brianne ALLAN. Visitation will be held at The York Cemetery, Chapel and Reception Centre, 160 Beecroft Road, Toronto, Ontario (416-221-3404) on Friday, October 7th, from 10 to 11 a.m. Funeral Service at 11 a.m. Interment and reception to follow.

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