Toronto’s missing and murdered gay men

LGBTQ community vigil held at The 519 Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018 to remember the recent lives taken by an alleged serial killer. (RUSHANTHI KESUNATHAN/TORONTO OBSERVER)

When two men who frequented Toronto’s gay village went missing in 2010, police did not formally launch a comprehensive police investigation. But when a third man, Majeed Kayhan, vanished two years later, Toronto police began Project Houston, a task force to locate missing men from Toronto’s gay village.

That investigation would unknowingly expose a series of killings – the worst in Toronto’s history. Yet, the terrifying trend continued – six more men missing in the span of seven years until a new police task force with a new name led to the eventual arrest of a suspect, Bruce McArthur, in January 2018.

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