A 27-year-old London man, found dead in a downtown London apartment building, is being remembered as a very community-minded person who was always looking to better himself.
London Police say they were called to an apartment building at 323 Colborne St. just after 10 a.m. Sunday morning.
There, they discovered the body of Nathan Timothy Deslippe.
His alleged killer, 27-year-old William Omar Joles, was arrested at the scene. He faces one count of second degree murder. He is also charged with forcible confinement, assault, and uttering threats to cause death to a second individual stemming from a related event at the same location.
On Monday, Deslippe’s Facebook page was covered in tributes for a man described as being “kind,” having a “caring touch,” and “a goofy sense of humour.”
“My cousin was taken from my family this weekend, and I am devastated,” wrote Carly Deslippe. “Our family will forever miss the energy and love that is Nathan T. Deslippe. I cannot even begin to comprehend why this could have happened to such a wonderful person. I have no words.”
One tribute said,”You will be missed and you will continue to inspire me to be a positive influence in the lives of others. Rest in peace Nathan.”
Another simply read, “Can’t believe this. RIP Nathan T. Deslippe.”
Chris Moss, a friend of Deslippe’s, last saw him on Friday.
She said there was something special about him.
“He had this thing in his eye that would sparkle and you could see it from across the room. So on Friday I was walking to the Covent Garden Market and I could see him and he was sparkling,” she said. “I went up and he, of course, ran up and gave me a great big hug, and it was this energy in him that was nothing but kindness and happiness.”
Moss said she learned about Deslippe’s death through his mother’s Facebook page, and she “felt sick, like I was going to throw up.”
“I wanted to scream. It just doesn’t make any sense. I just feel empty, like we’ve lost this amazing soul.”
London Police said that an autopsy is underway Monday at the London Health Sciences Centre.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.