Canadian apartment gunman’s estranged children say he was abusive
TORONTO — The three estranged daughters of a 73-year-old man who shot dead five people in his apartment community near Toronto said Wednesday he was “a controlling and violent husband and father.” onion.”
Francesco Villi’s daughters said in a statement released by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit that they are deeply saddened by the families of the victims and offer their condolences.
“Francesco Villi is a controlling and abusive husband and father. He has a history of domestic violence against both the mother of his children and his daughter. He has aggressive behavior and a Jekyll and Hyde personality,” they wrote.
According to police, Villi attacked neighbors on three floors of his building in Vaughan, Ontario, on Sunday, killing three men and two women and injuring a sixth, a woman. 66-year-old female who is expected to survive. One of the officers answered a call about an active gunman inside the building who shot and killed Villi, authorities said.
York-area police identified the murder victims as Rita Camilleri, 57; Vittorio Panza, 79 years old; Russell Manock, 75, his wife, Lorraine Manock, 71, and Naveed Dada, 59. Three of them are apartment board directors.
Villi has long claimed in videos posted on social media and in court documents that vibration, noise and emissions from the electrical room of the building under his unit made him sick, and the board members as well as the building developer are held accountable.
“We are deeply shocked and deeply saddened by the events that have occurred,” Villi’s children said in their statement.
The unnamed children said they had been separated from him for more than five years.
They wrote: “His children have been trying to have some form of relationship over the years and many offers of help have been repeatedly rejected, leaving them with no choice but to sever the relationship. with him for their own health and happiness.”
The attack came a day before a scheduled online trial in which the apartment conglomerate’s lawyers argued that Villi should be allowed to be evict because he had years of harassing building staff, members board and other neighbors.
According to court documents, at least two apartment managers quit because of him, and security guards also quit or changed shifts to avoid him. Residents also said Villi would curse at them and film them.