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New suspect in death of woman in Vaughan house fire

A York Regional Police vehicle.
A York Regional Police vehicle. Photo by Stan Behal /Torotno Sun

Police in York Region have charged a new suspect with first-degree murder in the death of a woman in a house fire in Vaughan last week.

York Regional Police responded last Friday around 7:45 p.m. to the Parktree Dr.-Lucena Cresc. area and upon arrival found an unresponsive female victim inside the residence.

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The victim, identified as Naheed Askaryar, 64, of Vaughan, was taken to hospital, where she died.

A subsequent autopsy determined the cause of her death was stab wounds.

On Tuesday, police said they arrested and charged a 71-year-old man with first-degree murder and arson endangering life. However, due to “new information from the community, investigators uncovered additional evidence,” leading to the arrest of Ahmad Shekeb Askarzada, 43.

Anyone with information can call 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7865, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or email