UPS franchisee slain in Toronto, Canada

upsstoreThe Globe and Mail and Timothy Appleby reported yesterday on the death of a 36-year-old, newly married businessman who had recently purchased a UPS store.

Whoever killed George Koutroubis ensured the Toronto businessman’s demise was painful and thorough: A source familiar with Peel Region’s third homicide investigation of the year said Mr. Koutroubis was “beaten almost beyond recognition.”

No suspects have been identified and no arrest warrants issued. Complicating the investigation is the fact that the recently married Mr. Koutroubis, a graduate in business studies, had no known criminal history.

The article ‘Beaten almost beyond recognition’ [.pdf] continues:

But a theory police have been exploring from the outset is that along with business interests encompassing part-time ownership of an elegant downtown restaurant, a United Parcel Service franchise and several rental properties, Mr. Koutroubis worked as a bookie, expediting sports bets.

Insp. English declined to say if gambling played a role in his death.

“At this stage, I am not prepared to comment on that aspect,” he said.

My best wishes go out to the Koutroubis family and friends.

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