Ontario father grief stricken over murder of ex-wife and children

‘No words to explain,’ grieving father of slain teens says in statement

A grief-stricken father whose former spouse and two teenage children were killed in their suburban Ontario home last week expressed gratitude Thursday for what he called the outpouring of public love and support shown to him and his surviving daughter.

In a statement, Vas Pejcinovski also announced a memorial fund in honour of the victims.

“There are no words to explain how we feel. Our hearts are broken,” Pejcinovski said. “I put my faith in God to give us comfort and guide us through this long journey toward healing.”

RELATED: Ontario man arrested in alleged double homicide

Police have charged Cory Fenn, 29, with three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of his romantic partner Krassimira Pejcinovski, 39, her son Roy Pejcinovski, 15, and daughter Venallia Pejcinovski, 13, all of Ajax, Ont.

Fenn appeared at his first court appearance in nearby Oshawa, Ont., last week with his face bruised and bloodied. He had been arrested a day earlier just hours after police found the victims with “obvious signs of trauma” in their two-storey home on an otherwise quiet, tree-lined street in Ajax. Police said Pejcinovski’s oldest daughter, a 16-year-old, was not home at the time of the incident.

Within a day, neighbours and other well-wishers had left a pile of flowers and cards outside the family’s home.

Roy Pejcinovski excelled at hockey, playing as a goalie with the major bantam AAA Don Mills Flyers. His father’s statement was posted on the Greater Toronto Hockey League website.

“We have lost our beloved Krissy, Roy, and Vana and our lives will never be the same,” the father’s statement said. “As we grieve, we respectfully ask for privacy from the media and thank you for your understanding.”

Vas Pejcinovski said in his statement that people have been reaching out to offer kind words, condolences, and tributes, saying it was clear the victims had touched many lives and were loved by those who knew them. Every e-mail, text and message has “helped to comfort our hearts,” he said.

RELATED: Experts: Society has a role in trying to prevent domestic violence

The new fund aims to honour the lives of his former spouse and two children and celebrate their “qualities of compassion, kindness, and charity.”

“Krissy was kind and gentle, with a bright smile and warm heart. She loved her kids and they loved her back,” a webpage for the fund states. “Roy, the natural athlete and loyal friend, was a caring, charismatic, and funny kid who loved his hockey team. Vana was a sweet and joyful girl who was full of life, and would light up any room she entered.”

It was not immediately clear where the proceeds would go — something father and daughter said they would determine.

Investigators have said they were alerted to the killings after a woman stopped by to check on Krassimira Pejcinovski but a man barred her from entering the home. Officers said the man left in a vehicle that was later found abandoned.

Police have not yet said how the Pejcinovskis died. Fenn remains in custody pending a court appearance next week.

Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Former Times editor outlines his election platform

Keith McNeill officially in the running

Declaration of candidates is in

List of those running for mayor and council firmed up

Municipal spending outpaces population growth 4-fold in B.C.: report

Canadian Federation of Independent Business has released its annual operational spending report

Public remided to use caution in areas burned by wildfires

Post-wildfire areas have own set of hazards

64 cats seized from ‘bad situation’ now in BC SPCA care

The surrender is part of an ongoing animal cruelty investigation with BC SPCA Special Constable

Young people need us to act on climate change, McKenna tells G7 ministers

Catherine McKenna led off the three-day Halifax gathering Wednesday

B.C. woman facing animal cruelty charges after emaciated dog seized

Kira, a Rottweiler, had kidney and bladder infections

Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

Kim promised to accept international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and to visit Seoul soon.

Dozens speak at Vancouver hearing that could see duplexes replace single homes

The city clerk says 73 people signed up to speak at the hearing that began early Tuesday evening and adjourned hours later with 34 speakers still waiting.

North Carolina gov pleads with storm evacuees to be patient

The death toll rose to at least 37 in three states Tuesday, with 27 fatalities in North Carolina.

North and South Korea say they plan to bid for 2032 Olympics

Moon and Kim announced a sweeping set of agreements including a vow to work together to host the Summer Olympics in 2032.

Russia’s reinstatement after doping scandal goes to a vote

The World Anti-Doping Agency is due to vote Thursday Sept. 20, 2018, on possible reinstatement of Russia.

Ontario wins stay on ruling that struck down council-cutting plan

The province had argued the stay was necessary to eliminate uncertainty surrounding the Oct. 22 vote, and the Court of Appeal agreed.

Most Read