Twenty-six-year-old Julian Jones traveled to Toronto this past weekend to celebrate a friend’s upcoming wedding with friends. But in a tragic turn early Saturday morning, he was assaulted and beaten to death outside a bar in what police called an “unprovoked attack.”
Officers found Jones after responding to a reported assault outside a bar near College Street and Manning Avenue in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood. The incident happened around 2:25 a.m. on Saturday. Jones was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Homicide detectives from the Toronto Police Department are investigating. According to one detective who spoke to WJZ, they are looking for two suspects who punched and kicked Jones in the head and fled the scene with a group of up to eight others.
As The Sun first reported, Jones was a student at the University of Baltimore. He transferred there from Anne Arundel Community College in fall 2014 and had nearly completed his bachelor’s degree in environmental sustainability and human ecology, said university spokesman Chris Hart. He would have graduated next spring.
“The campus is shocked and saddened by this,” Hart said. “It’s a profound loss for our campus. We’re reaching out to family and friends and his professors today.”
Hart said the school will inform the campus of Jones’ passing this afternoon.