Osama Abdul-aziz Filli, 23, has been charged with second-degree murder after a fatal stabbing on Danforth Avenue early Saturday morning.

Police say Nahom Berhane, 34, was stabbed near Danny Greens Billiard after he got involved in an altercation with another man while walking down the sidewalk. Berhane was rushed to hospital where he later died.

Berhane was remembered by Toronto's Eritrean community on Sunday as hundreds of people gathered in a local church.

'Nahom was a beautiful spirit. He was that ball of energy that ignited hope in everyone.' — Arsema Berhane, victim's sister

His sister Salem Berhane wants people to remember what a great man her brother was.

"He just knew how to lift you up when you were sad,” she said. “Just every time I saw him was a good moment.”

His sisters describe Nahom Berhane as an artist and community worker, who “was just loved by many.”

"Nahom was a beautiful spirit,” his sister Arsema Berhane said. “He was that ball of energy that ignited hope in everyone.”

She’s urging anyone with information to come forward.


Police investigate the scene of a fatal stabbing near Danforth and Greenwood avenues in Toronto on Sept. 27, 2014. (Michael Charles Cole/CBC)

"Please just cooperate with the police and share the information,” Arsema Berhane said.

“You know it's not going to bring him back, but at least this person won't do it again or hurt another family and I just urge young people specifically — let's think twice before we react. Let's not take people's lives. The human life is worth so much more.”

Nahom Berhane leaves behind a wife and two children.