Second suspect extradited to Canada to face charges in Hamilton, Ont. murder

A second suspect arrested in Hungary has been extradited to Canada to face charges in connection with the murder of a man and the attempted murder of a woman in Hamilton, Ont.

On February 28, 2021, police were called to a shooting near Arvin Avenua and Hilton Drive around 7 p.m. after receiving a report of gunshots.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the body of 39-year-old British Columbia resident Tyler Pratt, who had been pronounced dead at the scene.

A 26-year-old woman was also found on the side of the road with a gunshot wound. She was rushed to hospital and has since been released after “extensive treatment,” police said.

The two victims were known to each other, police have said, although their exact relationship has not been disclosed.

Investigators identified two suspects in the deadly shooting; but by then both had fled the country.

Police say the suspects, who were identified as 28-year-old Oliver Karafa and 25-year-old Yun (Lucy) Lu Li, had settled in Eastern Europe within 24 hours of the incident.

Both were arrested in June by local police in Budapest, but only Li was extradited the following month.

Eight months later, Karafa has been escorted back to Canada, Hamilton police confirmed in a press release on Wednesday.

“Hamilton Police Department recognizes all the efforts of our police partners at home and abroad, especially the Hungarian Fugitive Active Search Team (FAST), for the collective efforts that led to the arrest of these wanted persons,” officials said.

He is expected to appear in court on Thursday.

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