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    Fundraiser set up for family of father killed at TTC station

    Fundraiser set up for family of father killed at TTC station

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    Matthew Rumble, 39, was stabbed on June 25 in what Toronto Police say began as an altercation on a TTC bus before it spilled out onto the Jane Station bus platform at Jane and Bloor Sts.

    He was rushed to hospital but did not survive.

    An online fundraiser has since been set up by a family friend to help cover the cost of a funeral and other expenses.

    “On June 25th the world lost a great man, his name was Matthew Rumble,” wrote AD Mercer, who is organizing the fundraiser on GoFundMe.

    “His life was cut short … He was on the TTC riding a bus to the subway on his way to meet some friends, something all Torontonians do, when he was involved in an argument which quickly escalated to a physical altercation that ended with Matthew’s life being taken.”

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    Mercer said Rumble leaves behind seven children — Casandra 20, Matthew 18, Royal 14, Athena 8, Stellina 7, Natalia 6 and Violetta 4 — the children’s mother, Stella, and brothers and sisters.

    “Anyone who knew Matthew knew he loved his children, had a joy for video games with his friends, working out and staying healthy,” Mercer added.

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    The fundraiser has collected more than $4,500 as of Thursday afternoon.

    Rumble is the city’s 43rd homicide victim of the year.

    Police say two people were seen fleeing the station.

    The suspect is described as a Black man, 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-11, with a thin build. A person of interest is described as a white woman, with blond hair and a thin build.

    Police have not said if the victim and accused were known to one another prior to the deadly encounter.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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