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TORONTO: Cancer researcher Mark Ernsting stabbed to death during evening walk

Cancer researcher stabbed to death during evening walk

Mark Ernsting, 39, worked for Ryerson University and Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

CBC News Posted: Dec 15, 2015 10:17 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 16, 2015 7:37 PM ET

Mark Ernsting, a 39-year-old biomedical engineer, died Tuesday night after being stabbed while out for his evening walk, according to police.

Mark Ernsting, a 39-year-old biomedical engineer, died Tuesday night after being stabbed while out for his evening walk, according to police. (Ontario Institute for Cancer Research)

A 39-year-old man fatally stabbed Tuesday evening was out for his regular evening walk and appears to be the victim of a robbery gone wrong, Toronto police say.

Calvin Michael Nimoh

Calvin Michael Nimoh has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of Mark Ernsting. He appeared in court on Wednesday. (Pam Davies/CBC)

Mark Ernsting, 39, died after he was attacked near 38 McGill St., just east of Yonge Street and close to Ryerson University, around 9:30 p.m. ET.

Police say he was stabbed multiple times, including at least once in the head.

“There was no previous relationship between the accused and the deceased,” Det. Paul Worden told CBC News. “The deceased was just out for his normal evening walk and happened to come across the accused and he was attacked.”

CBC News has confirmed that Ernsting worked for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.

He was also an adjunct professor at Ryerson University where he worked with graduate students in the electrical and computer engineering department.

About an hour after the attack, police arrested Calvin Michael Nimoh, 21, near Yonge Street and Summerhill Avenue. He is charged with second-degree murder and appeared in court on Wednesday.

Investigators believe Nimoh, who is known to police, may have tried to rob Ernsting.

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