Victim of downtown Kingston stabbing identified

The victim of a brutal stabbing in downtown Kingston on Thursday, Sept 12 has been identified as Kingston resident Christopher Barry. He was 40-years-old.

Barry was well-known and actively involved in the Kingston theatre community, including roles in last year’s Domino Theatre production of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Murder On The Nile.

His keen talent and love of the performing arts also led him to do work with the Kingston branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, on whose behalf he would often put on puppet shows at local schools, raising awareness for mental health issues.

Barry was also a regular volunteer at Martha’s Table, a Kingston-area food kitchen.

The assailant attacked and stabbed another male in the incident. He was treated by Frontenac Paramedics and was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. His current condition is not known.

Kingston Police have not given a motive for the fatal stabbing, which occurred at the intersection of Queen and Bagot Streets at around 2 p.m. It is not known if the assailant and the victims knew each other. The assailant, a 22-year-old male, was shot by police as he continued to threaten others in the vicinity, and also sustained self-inflicted injuries in the incident. He died on scene. The Special Investigations Unit and Kingston Police are continuing to investigate.

A Celebration Of Life will be held in honour of Chris Barry on Thursday, Sep. 19, at 2 p.m., at The Spire, 82 Sydenham St.

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