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OPP investigating second stabbing death in Wasaga Beach (Update: Victims identified)

Both victims young men from Caledon
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Huronia West OPP is investigating the death of a second man who was the victim of an apparent stabbing in Wasaga Beach this long weekend.

Police say this stabbing occurred around 3:30 Monday morning on Main Street near Skull Island. 

A section of Main Street is closed as police investigate.

The victim has been identified as 23-year old Erick Tello Arias from Caledon. 

This incident is being investigated by members of the Central Region Support Team, Detectives from Crime Units throughout Central Region, the OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit and the Emergency Response Team under the direction of Detective Acting Inspector Randy Wright of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch.

Police say further information will be released only as it becomes available and are appealing for witnesses.

Another appeal for witnesses was issued earlier Monday in relation to the stabbing death of a Caledon man in Wasaga Beach on Saturday night. 

Police identified 18-year old Francesco Molinaro as the young man who died after an altercation on Mosley Street in front of Pizza Pizza

OPP Const. Mark Kinney said there have been no arrests yet in that case. 

Despite the fact both victims are from Caledon, Kinney says the two stabbing deaths are being treated as separate investigations.

The Town of Wasaga Beach issued a statement about the two weekend homicides.

"It is with a collective heavy heart that the Town of Wasaga Beach comments on two altercations that took place in Wasaga Beach over the Victoria Day weekend, resulting in two tragic deaths," the statement read. 

“Loss of life is always devastating. Our condolences go out to both families," said Mayor Brian Smith. "It is unfortunate that these incidents have happened in our community."

Mayor Smith says he won't comment on the investigations until the OPP provides him with more information.

"It is my intention to meet with the OPP in the coming days to discuss the circumstances," he said. "Right now, the Town’s objective is to determine what can be done to try to prevent these altercations from happening in the future.”

Anyone with information on either incident is urged to contact Huronia West OPP at (705) 429-3575 during normal business hours or after hours to the Provincial Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122, or to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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