Family of slain entrepreneur offering $250,000 reward in search for killer

Matthew Staikos was gunned down in 2018

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“It has shattered my life, and it has shattered my family’s life.”

The pain was palpable in the voice of Nick Staikos, 73, as he spoke by phone about his son Matthew, 37, who was murdered three years ago in downtown Toronto.

The Staikos family — desperate for answers — is appealing for help with a $250,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in his shooting death on May 28, 2018.

Matthew Staikos was gunned down by an unknown assailant as he was walking on Yorkville Ave. near Bay St. in Yorkville at 11:30 p.m.

He died at the scene.

The unknown suspect has been described by police as a Black male, 5-foot-10, who exited a silver Mercedes to fire what witnesses described as three to five shots.

“We know that at least one person, the driver of that silver Mercedes, knows who shot Mathew,” said David Perry, a former Toronto homicide detective and CEO of Investigative Solutions Network (ISN).

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The private investigators — hired by the family — have been digging into every detail.

Matthew Staikos was shot dead in Yorkville in May 2018. FACEBOOK
Matthew Staikos was shot dead in Yorkville in May 2018. FACEBOOK

They believe the reward could spur someone to come forward.

Staikos was in the tech business and once sold a firm he owned to BlackBerry.

Perry says his team has examined Matthew’s background and found no red flags.

“There was nothing in our investigation, not a single thing, where we go ‘oh, okay, we have got to head down this road. This is looking kind of interesting,’” the former detective said.

The ISN’s team has included former homicide detectives, financial crime experts, and a former OPP criminal profiler.

“We feel that this is a very solvable crime,” said Sean Sparling, retired deputy chief of police in Sault Ste. Marie, also with ISN. “We are offering this reward because we truly believe we are just one phone call away from solving this case.”

During his emotional conversation with the Toronto Sun, Nick Staikos remembered Matthew as someone with no enemies.

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“They used to call him the perfect kid. He was so considerate to everybody,” he said.

“It’s been three years and we have no leads, no nothing,” he added. “So we are just taking a different avenue.”


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