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Autopsy confirms Teenage Head guitarist Gord Lewis as Hamilton's 3rd homicide victim this year

The victim in the latest homicide in Hamilton is Teenage Head guitarist Gord Lewis, police have confirmed following an autopsy.

Hamilton police previously couldn't conclusively ID body found in apartment Sunday

A man standing with a guitar
Gord Lewis, 65, was a founding member of Hamilton-based punk rock band Teenage Head. The guitarist's body was found in his apartment Sunday. (Teenage Head/Facebook)

The victim in the latest homicide in Hamilton is Teenage Head guitarist Gord Lewis, city police have confirmed following an autopsy.

The Hamilton Police Service previously said it couldn't be 100 per cent certain because of the state of the body at the time it was found several days ago.

The Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario and Ontario Forensic Pathology Services completed an autopsy that confirmed Lewis's identity. HIs death marks the third homicide this year in the city.

Police didn't mention the exact cause or nature of his death, or say when the 65-year-old died. 

Const. Krista-Lee Ernst told CBC Hamilton on Thursday those details are part of an investigation, and won't release them as the matter is before the courts.

The musician's 41-year-old son, Jonathan Lewis, was charged with second-degree murder after Gord's body was found in his apartment Aug. 7. 

"Gordon was born and raised in Hamilton, and is best known as the founding guitarist of the punk rock band Teenage Head. He is described as an inspiring musician," the police service said in a release Thursday. 

"The family have requested privacy while they grieve the loss of Gordon. He will be remembered for his passion for music."

Det.-Sgt. Sarah Beck told reporters on Monday the police service learned over the weekend about multiple emails sent to various news outlets about someone's death.

The emails sent on Sunday to CBC Hamilton and others by someone named Jonathan Lewis stated his father was dead.

Beck said based on the information in the emails, officers visited the apartment on Catharine Street South in the Ontario city's Corktown area.

Officers believed Lewis had died two to three days earlier.

Police said they weren't looking for other victims.

Enrst said Jonathan was known to police, but wouldn't elaborate.

Anyone with more information can contact Det. Frank De Vuono at 905-546-3827 or call Crime Stoppers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bobby Hristova is a journalist with CBC Hamilton. He reports on all issues, but has a knack for stories that hold people accountable, stories that focus on social issues and investigative journalism. He previously worked for the National Post and CityNews in Toronto. You can contact him at bobby.hristova@cbc.ca.

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