Son charged with 2nd-degree murder in death of woman, 69, found in Etobicoke park

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Toronto police have identified Kathleen Hatcher, 69, as Toronto's 13th homicide of the year. Her son, Colin Hatcher, has been arrested and charged with 2nd-degree murder. (Toronto Police Services - image credit)
Toronto police have identified Kathleen Hatcher, 69, as Toronto's 13th homicide of the year. Her son, Colin Hatcher, has been arrested and charged with 2nd-degree murder. (Toronto Police Services - image credit)

Police have arrested the son of a woman who died from life-threatening injuries in a park in Etobicoke on Friday.

The woman was identified as 69-year-old Kathleen Hatcher of Toronto. Police charged Colin Hatcher, 37, with second-degree murder on Saturday. Const. Alex Li of the Toronto Police has confirmed that Colin Hatcher is Kathleen's son.

Police said they responded to the area of Bloor Street West and King's Mill Park at 10:47 a.m. on Friday after receiving a 911 call from a woman in crisis asking for help.

When officers arrived on scene, they said they found Kathleen Hatcher suffering from significant injuries and without vital signs on a park trail, Duty Insp. Andy Singh told reporters Friday evening.

She was transported to hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly after.

Kathleen Hatcher was a long-time assessor for the essential skills upgrading program at Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Adult Learning Centre before retiring last December.

"She's being remembered as an extraordinary person who was wonderful with learners and colleagues and will be dearly missed," said Toronto District School Board spokesperson Ryan Bird in an emailed statement.

"We extend our sincere condolences to [Hatcher's] loved ones and former co-workers following her tragic passing," he added.

Colin Hatcher is scheduled to appear virtually at court on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at Old City Hall courts.

Kathleen Hatcher's death marks Toronto's 13th homicide in 2021.