Two more young men, one an Israeli soldier, have been implicated as members of the gang of youths who viciously beat a 15-year-old boy to death for talking back to them, bringing to four the number implicated in the crime.
Michael Issariotis, 19, was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree murder in the death of North York high school student Dmitri "Matti" Baranovski on Nov. 14.
Dmitri was found lying in a pool of blood in a quiet North End park last month. Toronto police report the young man was kicked and beaten to death.
According to the superintendent of his apartment, who asked not to be identified, Issariotis would talk about God and faith and how "crazy" brutal street fights had become. Despite this, Issariotis has gone from convictions for breaking and entering, assault and possession of stolen property and burglary tools to a murder charge. He joins two 16-year-olds -- who cannot be identified under Canadian law -- who have been charged.
Now a fourth suspect, who flew to Tel Aviv one week after the murder, is the subject of a Metro Toronto police arrest warrant. Daniel Weiz, 19, is wanted on a charge ofsecond-degree murder and will soon be the subject of a Canadian extradition request, police say.
Said to be a soldier on leave from the Israeli army, Weiz is a landed immigrant in Canada who still holds Israeli citizenship. Recently he has been traveling between the two countries, police said, adding that while in Canada, he began to establish a criminal record.
After dropping out of Northern Heights High School two years ago -- the same school attended by Dmitri -- Weiz fell in with a bad crowd, according to his friends.
Since then, he has racked up two assault convictions and one for failure to appear in court.
Issariotis appeared in court Friday and was remanded into custody until his bail hearing Wednesday.