Nabil Huruy firefighter stabbing

Nabil Huruy, 23, kept his head down during a brief court appearance Thursday. Huruy is accused of stabbing and killing 45-year-old firefighter Dominic Parker at a Toronto cafe earlier this week. ( Alex Tavshunsky)

Nabil Huruy, the man charged in the stabbing death of a Markham, Ont., firefighter made his second court appearance today.

The 23-year-old appeared briefly at a downtown courtroom this morning, keeping his head down as he stood in the prisoner's dock. He remains in custody.

Huruy is accused of attacking Dominic Parker “without provocation” at an east-end cafe earlier this week.

He is charged with first-degree murder.

The stabbing occurred at the Rotana Café at 1530 Danforth Ave. near Coxwell, shortly after 1 a.m. ET on Saturday.

Police said the 45-year-old firefighter had ridden his bike to the café and had stopped in for a tea. He was sitting when he was attacked.

Parker was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries, and died Monday.

He leaves behind a wife and two teenage daughters. His funeral is scheduled for Friday.