George Fawell, 24, found slain Friday, August 24, 2012, in Jimmie Simpson park
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Fawell's aunt, Deanne Parlee, whom he called "mom," sobbed as she made an emotional appeal for his killers to surrender at a press conference at police headquarters on Wednesday.
"He meant something to us," Parlee wept as she spoke of the disabled 24-year-old who was her legal guardian.
"He was a human being and he lived with challenges and did not deserve to be tossed like garbage."
Fawell's body was found by Salvation Army workers beside railroad tracks behind the Jimmie Simpson Community Centre last Friday.
Police believe Fawell suffered a sustained attack that continued after he was dead.
Parlee said Fawell was the oldest of five siblings who grew up in the east-end area near where his body was found. She appealed to community members to work with police to catch the killers.
Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux of the homicide squad said the killers are still in the area.
"I believe the killers are in the general vicinity," Giroux said. "This was the worst sharp-force injury that I have ever seen."
He said Fawell was murdered by someone he knew and trusted from the community.
"The killing was emotional and conducted with extremely brutality and anger," Giroux said. "It was an extremely brutal and violent attack."
He said anyone who is harbouring the killer will face charges.
"We all miss him and want his killer or killers brought to justice," Parlee said. "I know my community and I know someone heard or saw something."
Police are asking that anyone with information related to this case contact Giroux at 416-808-7387 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416'222'TIPS (8477).