A man from London, Ontario, continues to mourn the death of his sister, who died last week in a stabbing in Toronto.
Chris Ferguson told the 980 CFPL that his younger sister, Julia Ferguson, was his best friend.
“My father passed away when she was 12 and I was 23,” Chris said. “That gave me more time alone with my sister, and in addition to being brother and sister, there was an aspect of father figure and through that, we became best friends.”
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Toronto police say that on September 2 before 2 p.m., emergency crews were called to the criminal defense firm Hicks Adams LLP on King Street East.
A 29-year-old woman was rushed to hospital with stab wounds. The victim was identified as Julia Ferguson. He died three days later, on September 5.
The defendant in the case, Osman Osman, 33, was charged and placed in preventive custody.
“I’m absolutely shattered and broken, numb and just (trying) to get over this part at least,” Chris said, fighting back tears.
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Christopher Hicks, a partner at Hicks Adams LLP, told Global News that the firm’s staff are “devastated” by the news. He said that Julia, whom her colleagues called “Jules,” was “immensely” helpful, intelligent, and ambitious.
“It has been a devastating experience,” he said. “(She) was a pleasure having her around … She was infinitely courteous, calm and patient with everyone, with everyone.”
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Chris Ferguson said he was born in Scotland and Julia was born in London, Ontario. The two spent their childhoods and teens in Forest City, where Julia attended Wilfrid Jury Public School and Banting High School.
After high school, Julia moved to Toronto and entered the beauty industry.
Chris says that about two years ago, Julia wanted a career change and started working at the law firm. He loved his job, but the brothers shared a common dream.
“We are both dog lovers … She and I always dreamed of starting a family business of a dog sanctuary or a dog rescue,” said Chris.
Looking back on old memories, Chris says he loves going to shows with his sister, watching her play with her son, and “hanging out in the backyard, just talking.”
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“Growing up and being that father figure, I spent time sledding with her, hanging out with her, watching her on the playground … Those are the good memories of being the older brother.”
“The most amazing memory I have with her is our conversations and how well we related,” he continued. “That’s what I appreciate and miss the most.”
TO GoFundMe campaign has been launched to support the Ferguson family.
– With files from Nick Westoll, Jaclyn Carbone and Erica Vella of Global News
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