Toronto man charged in Fort Erie birthday party fatal shooting

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Juliana Pannunzio Death – Obituary : A Toronto man has been charged in connection to a fatal shooting at a party in Fort Erie that left two young women dead, Niagara Regional Police disclosed Thursday.

Police stated that 20-year-old Windsor resident Juliana Pannunzio and 18-year-old Toronto resident Christine Crooks were shot and killed at a birthday party at a short-term rental in Fort Erie on Jan. 19th, 2021.

Police previously released surveillance footage images of the party in an attempt to identify some of the unknown guests who attended the gathering.

Earlier this year, a $100,0000 reward was offered for information leading to the arrests of the suspect.

Detectives disclosed Thursday that with the assistance of the Toronto Police Service, 22-year-old Christopher Lucas, also known as ‘El Plaga,’ was arrested and charged in connection with the deadly incident.

Lucas is currently charged with two counts of first-degree murder and will appear for a video bail hearing in St. Catharines today.

“The Niagara Regional Police Service would like to thank the Pannunzio and Crooks families for their patience and understanding during this lengthy investigation,” a news release issued by the police service reads.

“Police would also like to thank members of the public for their cooperation and assistance,” according to the press release.

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