Police still hunt two suspects in London nurse's death after second man charged – The London Free Press

Police have charged a second man in the death of a nurse who was gunned down in the driveway of her northwest London home eight months ago.
Police have charged a second man in the death of a nurse who was gunned down in the driveway of her northwest London home eight months ago.

Osman Ali Afandy, 23, a Toronto-area resident, was arrested in Regina, Sask., on Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 10, 2021, death of Lynda Marques, police said Thursday.

Police also revealed they’ve recovered a second vehicle, a grey Ford Fusion, that investigators believe the suspects used to flee the city after Marques was killed.

“We believe Mr. Afandi was the driver of the Fusion” on the day Marques was shot, said Det.-Insp. Alex Krygsman, who declined to reveal when or where the car was recovered.

Investigators believe Afandi, who will appear in a London court Friday, is the man in a photo police released last month in attempt to identify him, Krygsman added.

Two masked gunmen fatally shot Marques, 30, while she was parked in the driveway of her home at 2229 Wateroak Dr. shortly before 8 p.m. The shooting was captured by surveillance video, police said.

But the two gun-wielding suspects, shown in a photograph released in March running towards Marques’s home, still remain at large, police said.

“We’re still investigating those two persons in the surveillance footage . . . that continues to be part of our investigation that remains very active,” Krygsman said.

Investigators previously recovered a Volkswagen Jetta from which they say the two shooters emerged before shooting Marques, a nurse and mother to a one-year-old son. The Jetta was recovered five days later on Meadowlily Road South, 18 kilometres from the crime scene. The vehicle had been stolen from Bluffers Park and Beach in Scarborough on Sept. 5, police said.

Investigators determined the Fusion’s connection to the case after reviewing “significant volumes of surveillance video footage,” police said, adding the vehicle has undergone extensive forensic analysis.

The Fusion was observed travelling with the Jetta on the day Marques was shot, police said.

Last week, police charged Ammar Patel, 18, of Toronto with first-degree murder in Marques’s death.

Patel has been in jail since he was arrested Nov. 17 as part of Project Malibu, a two-month Toronto police probe targeting drug and gun trafficking that led to the seizure of $1.2 million of drugs, police said at the time.

Through Project Malibu, Patel is charged with 58 offences, including cocaine trafficking, fentanyl trafficking, discharging a firearm in a reckless manner, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a restricted firearm obtained by crime and breach of probation.

Krygsman declined to say what role investigators believe Patel played in the nurse’s death, one of 15 homicides in London last year. Patel was set to make his second appearance in a London court on Thursday.

Marques studied nursing at Centennial College and Ryerson University before taking a job at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. She left the hospital to start a medical esthetics business in London.

She lived at the two-storey home on Wateroak Drive with her partner, Ali Bhatti. He has been in jail since his arrest Jan. 6, when police say they pulled over a vehicle near Wonderland and Farrah roads and seized two loaded handguns. Investigators later searched a Wateroak Drive home and seized cocaine and other drugs, police said.

Bhatti, 28, who was already on bail at the time for drug-related charges and has past convictions for firearms offences, is charged with more than a dozen offences, including occupying a vehicle with a firearm, carelessly storing a firearm and possessing a firearm knowing the serial number has been tampered with.



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