Scarborough stabbing victim Markham councillor Logan Kanapathi’s nephew
Peter J. Thompson / National Post files
Councillor Logan Kanapathi, the first Sri Lankan to hold elected office in Canada, has advocated for youth programs. His nephew was slain on Sunday.
Toronto Police Service
Nirosan Thillainathan, 22
A 22-year old man stabbed to death on Sunday in Scarborough, Nirosan Thillainathan, is the nephew of the first Sri Lankan to hold elected office in Canada, Councillor Logan Kanapathi of Ward 7 in Markham.
Mr. Kanapathi won election in 2006, and is serving his second term.
The violent murder of his nephew is especially devastating because he has dedicated much of his career as a councillor advocating for youth outreach programs designed to keep young people busy and out of trouble. Mr. Kanapathi was instrumental in the approval of the Southeast Markham Community Centre, a $70 million dollar complex that will be a model of cultural inclusion; the project breaks ground next year.
Mr. Thillainathan was the son of Mr. Kanapathi’s older brother. In a cruel twist of fate, Mr. Thillainathan’s father has been away on a trip to Sri Lanka to pay respects to the grieving families who lost their loved ones in the Sri Lankan Civil War, and will return to Toronto Thursday to face the reality of his son’s death.
Sounding distraught in a telephone interview, Mr. Kanapathi said that his nephew had a summer job in a bakery and was enrolled in university for the fall. His sisters and brothers study at Guelph University and the University of Toronto.
Police Tuesday said they have arrested Zishan Malik and charged him with the second degree murder of Nirosan Thillainathan, but are still looking for suspects. Councillor Kanapathi said he knows little about Malik’s relationship to his nephew.
“None of the family members have any clue about it…I think they knew each other from high school or something,” he said.
The family has set the funeral proceedings for Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Sri Lankans customarily cremate their dead, but Mr. Thillainathan’s siblings have chosen a burial and want to plant trees on his grave so that they will always have a physical place devoted to his memory, Mr. Kanapathi said.
Amirah El-Safty Jul 25, 2012