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Cops identify first murder victim of 2017

Toronto Sun crime reporter Chris Doucette. (Sun files)

By Chris Doucette, Toronto Sun

Police identified Anthony Earl Smith as the first murder victim of the year. (TORONTO POLICE)

Police identified Anthony Earl Smith as the first murder victim of the year. (TORONTO POLICE)

The city’s first murder victim of the new year, a 41-year-old man, was gunned down in Moss Park over the weekend — barely a block from where the final slaying of 2016 occurred.

Toronto Police say officers raced to a reported shooting near Queen St. E. and Seaton St., just east of Sherbourne St., around 7:45 a.m. on Sunday.

“Once on scene, police located a man with what appeared to be a gunshot wound,” Det. Rob North said Monday.

He said the victim was rushed to hospital where he died.

The victim has now been identified as Anthony Earl Smith, of Toronto.

An autopsy determined the man was killed by “a penetrating gunshot wound to the chest.”

No arrests have been made. Investigators are urging witnesses to come forward.

On Christmas Eve, a 48-year-old man was found stabbed to death in the fifth-floor hallway of a lowrise apartment building on Sherbourne St. just north of Shuter St.

Michael Jacobson was the city’s 69th and final killing of 2016.

His killer remains on the loose.