Matthew Staikos Murder – Nearly five years after Matthew Staikos was murdered in Toronto, his family has offered a $250,000 reward. The last four years, eight months, and 10 days have been difficult. “Every day has been terrible, unbearable, seemingly unsurvivable,” the family stated during a news conference Tuesday.
Today, too. We’re here. We want out. We struggle to share our anguish again on video. We’re desperate.” On May 28, 2018, former BlackBerry employee and Vleepo CEO Staikos was shot and died on Yorkville Avenue and Bay Street. At 11:30 p.m., Staikos and another individual passed a parked Mercedes-Benz in the upscale neighborhood, according to surveillance footage.
The video camera saw a man exiting the vehicle from the passenger side and following the two males out of view. Then, he runs back to the Mercedes and flees southbound on Bay Street. Before finding Staikos, one witness heard loud gunshots. The 37-year-old died on the scene.
Our lives will change forever. When our precious, intelligent Matthew was with us, we were joyous, serene, and complete. The family said Tuesday that bringing Matthew’s killer to justice, understanding why this happened, and moving forward in this very tragic process will bring them comfort. Police called the shooting an “unprovoked attack on a defenseless man” days after Staikos’s death.
At Tuesday’s news conference, Det. Sgt. Terry Browne said police don’t know the motive. “We investigated Matthew Staikos’ background. He was as described. All-loved. Businessman. In love… “We don’t understand why this occurred to him,” Browne added. Browne said investigators aren’t “100%” confident Staikos was the intended target and may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Was the shooter mistaken? “That may be a piece of information we’re looking for right now,” Browne said. “Whoever did this, it was planned and purposeful… The shooter looked about for a while. In our judgment, it wasn’t a random encounter with Mr. Staikos. Police have never identified the suspect or driver.
The silver or titanium-colored suspect vehicle, which Browne called “crucial,” may be a 2017 or 2018 Mercedes-Benz C43 Series or 2016 C45 or C450. The vehicle never recovered. The family’s representative announced a $250,000 private reward for information leading to Staikos’s killer or killers. In 2021, the family offered a $250,000 reward for Staikos’s murderers. Tuesday’s announcement reissues that incentive. Crime Stoppers will reward anonymous tips.