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Former Ajax man, 31, slain in downtown Halifax on Christmas Eve – Toronto Sun

Ryan Michael Sawyer moved from Ontario to Nova Scotia in recent years

Ryan Michael Sawyer, 31, formerly of Ajax, was murdered in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Dec. 24, 2022.
Ryan Michael Sawyer, 31, formerly of Ajax, was murdered in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Dec. 24, 2022. Photo by Ryan Sawyer

The death of a 31-year-old man, formerly of Ajax, in downtown Halifax on Christmas Eve has now been ruled a murder.

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Halifax Police say the victim — identified as Ryan Michael Sawyer — was found unresponsive on a sidewalk on Prince St. by officers responding to a disturbance call around 1:15 a.m. last Saturday.

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Sawyer, who moved from Ontario to Nova Scotia in recent years, later died in hospital.

The disturbance involved several people and one man was taken into custody that morning, but police say he was released without charges later in the day.

Sawyer leaves behind his twin brother, Kyle, and his parents, Scott and Wanda.

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An online obituary states Sawyer went to school in Pickering, Ont., before moving to Kings Edgehill School in Windsor, N.S., then studying business management at Dalhousie University.

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“He realized that his true desire was to focus his education on a more specific degree for his one overwhelming passion … the automotive industry,” the obit states. “Ryan loved cars!”

“He graduated from the Automotive Business Management Program at Georgian College in Barrie,” the obit adds.

After graduating, Sawyer was hired by Nissan Canada where he had worked as a co-op student.

“He took great pride in and was dedicated to his job as Vehicle Planning Supervisor for Nissan Canada in Mississauga, where he worked for almost seven years,” the obit states. “He loved his job!”

Ryan Michael Sawyer, 31, formerly of Ajax, was murdered in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Dec. 24, 2022.
Ryan Michael Sawyer, 31, formerly of Ajax, was murdered in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Dec. 24, 2022. Dignity Memorial

Sawyer was also passionate about dogs, having three of them, and loved the Toronto Maple Leafs “unconditionally.”

“But Ryan’s biggest love was spending time with his twin brother Kyle and his lifelong friends,” according to the obit. “They played hockey, soccer, baseball, played video games, did movie nights, barbecues, cottage fun, engagements, weddings, and countless other celebrations.”

“Taken from us all way too early but with a heart and a compassion that will always be remembered,” the obit adds.

A memorial service will be held Jan. 6, 2023, at 2 p.m. at J.A. Snow Funeral Home in Halifax. The service will be livestreamed on the funeral home’s website.

— With files from CP