Regis Korchinski Paquet Bio – Wiki
Regis Korchinski-Paquet has been identified as the woman who died after falling 24 stories from a High Park highrise in Toronto, Canada, The Star reported.
Police indicated that Korchinski-Paquet was on the balcony when officers arrived and she jumped from the building, the Toronto Sun reported. However, the family has contested their relative would not commit suicide and said the police were responsible for her death.
Korchinski-Paquet’s name was trending across Canada with the hashtag “#JusticeForRegis.”
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, a civilian watchdog group that has oversight of the police, tweeted that it is investigating the case.
She was 29 years old.
Cause of Death
On Wednesday, May 27, Regis Korchinski-Paquet died after falling from a 24th-floor balcony. Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the death. As Erica Vella reports, the family is looking for answers around how the 29-year-old fell from the balcony.
At 11:20 p.m., six hours after the initial police response, Korchinski-Paquet’s body was still resting under an orange sheet near the southeast corner of the building, and patches of her blood remained on the grass. At this time several people in long coats transferred her remains into a quilted bag and placed them into an unmarked van.
Multiple Toronto Police officers stood near the building entrance and off to the side. Neighbors and family members had gathered in front of the building, while many others watched from their balconies inside.
Police say they responded to a call from the building around 5:15 p.m. Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, which is tasked with police oversight, described the police’s version of events in its traditionally passive and vague language: “While officers were inside an apartment unit on the 24th floor, they observed a woman on the balcony. A short time later, the woman fell from the balcony to the ground below.”
A man claiming to be Korchinski-Paquet’s cousin posted a video stating that the police threw his cousin off a building and showing an image of 100 High Park Ave. He said that she would never have contradicted her faith by jumping from the balcony, according to CTV News:
My cousin’s not jumping. She’s a Christian woman, she’s not doing suicide, that ain’t what we do, we don’t do that, we ain’t killing ourselves, that’s number one, 100 percent.
Another video of the woman’s mother emerged where she states that police pushed her off the balcony.
According to CBC News, the family has since walked back to its comments.
However, Singh told CTV News that Korchinski-Paquet had been asking building managers to install a mesh enclosure around the balcony for weeks, making it unlikely that she would jump from it.
The family has started a GoFundMe page for funeral and legal costs.
History of Mental Illness
Korchinski-Paquet’s family and their lawyer told CBC that Korchinski-Paquet began suffering from epilepsy five years ago and “the family sometimes required help from police.” Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder that can be caused by a genetic disorder or injuries that directly affect the brain.
The CBC reported that Korchinski-Paquet’s mother, Claudette Korchinski-Beals, called police “after a conflict that left the 29-year-old in ‘distress.’” Beals said she wanted her daughter taken to Toronto’s Center for Addiction and Mental Health.
Singh told CP24 that he believes race played a role in the incident and “that person of color who also suffer from mental health issues disproportionately become victims of police violence.”
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders released a statement on Twitter, asking everyone to be patient, calling the incident tragic and saying, “… we want the facts as much as anyone.”
He also spoke at a press conference about the incident:
— Mark Saunders (@marksaunderstps) May 28, 2020
My condolences go to the family in regards to this particular incident. Any loss of life, is something that we do take seriously as a police agency and I will tell you, I stand for transparency and accountability 100% … My fear is that misinformation when we don’t have an opportunity to speak can lead to negative consequences. I would urge the public to wait until the facts come out … I support my men and women based on the limited information that I have right now and I do hope the public has the opportunity to hear the absolute truth.
Legally, he said the SIU investigation has prohibited them from being able to give details about the case. He said he’s waiting for fingerprints, statements, and DNA to tell the story and “tell the truth.”
The mayor has also released a statement:
I extend condolences to the family & friends of Regis Korchinski-Paquet who are mourning her death. I know her family have raised questions about her death & want answers about what has happened. We all want & need answers when a tragic death happens in our community. pic.twitter.com/3FT24a3opf
— John Tory (@JohnTory) May 28, 2020