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Murder Follows Stroll in Toronto Hustler Area

A Toronto man was murdered in the early hours of Tuesday morning after having met another man in an area of Toronto known for prostitution and drugs.

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Forty-five-year-old Richard Kall of Toronto was found stabbed to death in his high rise condo after police stopped an erratic driver whose statements led them to Kall's apartment.

Charged with first degree murder is David Bruce Martin, 27, of no fixed address.

Police told the press that the two men had known each other for a short time beforehand and "were acquainted in a casual relationship."  Kall had met Martin Sunday night near Bay and Grenville streets in downtown Toronto, they said.

No further details have been provided except that Kall was the Chief Operating Officer of the Ontario March of Dimes, was single, and that Martin is both married and known to the police.  The exact cause of death is expected to be determined in an post-mortem today.

David Bruce Martin

Toronto police would like to speak to anyone who may have known of Mr. Martin's whereabouts from 8:00 PM on Sunday, May 21st up until 12:30 AM on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2000.  Detectives believe that Mr. Martin was operating the deceased's motor vehicle over an extended period during the above time frame.  The vehicle is described as a 1998, black, 4 door, Volvo with Ontario licence plate number 281 TWD.  Anyone with information that may assist with this investigation is asked to contact the Homicide Squad at (416) 808-7400 or Crime Stoppers at 222-TIPS.

Martin was arresting for dangerous driving around 1:30 AM after a brief chase.  He had been driving the victim's car.

"When he was stopped, he provided certain information to the officers that led them to investigate the address where they made the discovery," Homicide Detective Rudy Pasini told reporters yesterday.

A knife has been recovered from the car.

A compassionate, honourable individual

Richard Kall was described by Andria Spindel, CEO of the Ontario March of Dimes, as a "very compassionate, honourable individual ... [He] had the respect of everyone he worked with," she told the National Post yesterday.

"It's been a day of crying, a day of mourning around here," she exclaimed with emotion.

The March of Dimes provides assistance to individuals with physical disabilities.

Spindel told the Post Kall had spent his entire career working in the non-profit sector, starting at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind when he was 17.  He completed his MBA while at the CNIB and also taught at Brock University in St. Catherine's in the business administration program.  He joined the March of Dimes in 1993 and became Chief Operating Officer in November 1999.

Kall will be remembered as a man with strong family ties.  He loved spending time with his brother in Niagara Falls, co-workers said.

The March of Dimes plans to set up a tribute fund in Mr. Kall's name, Spindel said.