Reports say 39-year-old Mark Ernsting was chosen by random as the target for robbery.
Arrested for the crime is Calvin Nimoh, 21.
The crime occurred in Toronto, Canada. A city counselor is calling for military intervention, noting that the attack was one of three in the city on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2015.
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A man killed in a downtown stabbing has been identified as a cancer research scientist.
Mark Ernsting, 39, was fatally wounded outside of a home on McGill Street, in the area of Yonge and Gerrard Streets, at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Emergency crews were called to the scene, where they found a man in life-threatening condition. He was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Ernsting has been identified as a biomedical engineer who worked at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.
The victim, who was also an adjunct professor at Ryerson University, was out for his usual evening walk when he was approached by a man and fatally stabbed, police say.
Investigators believe the stabbing was the result of a botched robbery.
"We are deeply saddened at the passing of Mark Ernsting – a talented researcher and terrific person," the OICR posted on Twitter Wednesday.
"Our thoughts are with his loved ones."
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