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(Last Updated On: March 24, 2018)

Lawrence “Larry” Roosevelt Callahan was born in Botwood Newfoundland on July 13. 1941. He died at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto on June 10, 2006, after being savagely beaten in his home. It took more than a month for the police homicide unit to be called in to investigate his death.

Callahan, 64, was found unconscious in his apartment at 45 Strathmore Blvd. on June 2 with “obvious signs of trauma” and was taken to hospital. The autopsy could not immediately determine the cause of death, and until it was declared that he had died of blunt-impact head wounds, his death was not classified as a homicide.

Callahan had been living on disability payments because of his arthritis, was a heavy drinker, and was known for taking in transients. He was often assaulted as a result, his sister Victoria Elson said to the media. Callahan took casual jobs as a dog walker, and had volunteered at the 510 Church St. Community Centre.

When Callahan came out as gay as a youth, he was rejected by his family, including his 11 siblings. After moving to Toronto at the age of 21, Callahan worked at a fast food restaurant, and eventually as a sous chef at the Royal York Hotel.

Later in life, he reconciled with Elson, and had lived for a time in a trailer park near her. “That’s when he was happiest,” Elson said.

Although many neighbours came forward with information about Callahan’s activities, his death remains a cold case.

Toronto police released in image of Callahan with a poem, on behalf of his family. It read, in part:

I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun

of happy memories that I leave when life is done


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Vital Statistics

Name: Lawrence “Larry” Roosevelt Callahan
Age: 64
Gender: Male
Date of Death: June 10, 2006
Manner of Death: Blunt force trauma
Location: 45 Strathmore Blvd.
Suspect Name: none

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