Stunning new details in unsolved shooting death of London nurse

Investigators believe the two men who gunned down a nurse in the driveway of her northwest London home last fall traveled from the Toronto area and immediately fled the city after the homicide.

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Investigators believe the two men who gunned down a nurse in the driveway of her northwest London home last fall traveled from the Toronto area and immediately fled London after the homicide.

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Lynda Marques, 30, was fatally shot while she was parked in the driveway of her upscale home at 2229 Wateroak Dr., northwest of Fanshawe Park and Wonderland roads, shortly before 8 pm on Sept. 10, 2021.

No arrests have been made in the case – one of just two unsolved city homicides in the past decade – but police released new information on the case Tuesday, including surveillance images of the suspected gunmen.

Investigators determined that the suspects’ black Volkswagen Jetta, later recovered 18 kilometers away from the crime scene on Meadowlilly Road South, had been stolen from Scarborough five days before the fatal shooting, police said Tuesday.

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Investigators believe the people involved in the homicide are from the Greater Toronto Area and traveled to London on Sept. 9 and fled back to the Toronto region the next day, immediately after Marques was killed, police said.

Police also released an image showing two males, both holding handguns and wearing dark clothing and masks, appearing to run toward Marques’s house. The black Jetta can be seen on the street behind them.

Police didn’t say where the images were taken, but the Marques house is outfitted with multiple surveillance cameras.

Investigators renewed their appeal for information from the public about the identities of the two gunmen, and the movements of the Jetta between Sept. 9-10. Anyone with information should call London police at 519-661-5670.

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Police have called the homicide a targeted killing, but family and friends of Marques have questioned why a nurse with a young child, and no criminal record, would be the focus of two gunmen.

Marques, who studied nursing at Centennial College and then Ryerson University, worked at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital before starting her own medical aesthetics business in London, performing cosmetic filler injections and other procedures as a medical aesthetics nurse.

She lived at the two-storey home in London’s Fox Hollow neighborhood with her partner, Ali Bhatti, and their one-year-old son.

Lynda Marques was fatally shot by two gunmen in a parked car outside her house in northwest London on Sept. 10.
Lynda Marques was fatally shot by two gunmen in a parked car outside her house in northwest London on Sept. 10.

Bhatti, 28, has been in jail since he was arrested on Jan. 6, when police say they pulled him over near Wonderland and Farrah roads and seized two loaded handguns from the vehicle. Investigators later searched the Wateroak Drive home, where they seized cocaine and other drugs, police said.

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Bhatti is charged with 14 offences, including occupying a vehicle with a firearm, careless storage of a firearm, and possession of a restricted or prohibited firearm, possession of a firearm knowing the serial number has been tampered with and drug possession.

On Jan. 12, Justice of the Peace Frank Leddy denied bail to Bhatti, who is being held at the Central North Correctional Center in Penetanguishene. He’s been there since his arrest.

Bhatti, who was on bail at the time of his arrest earlier this year, is also facing charges of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking in a separate case that’s scheduled to go to trial in the Superior Court of Justice on Nov. 22.

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London police guard the scene of a shooting at 2229 Wateroak Dr. in northwest London where Lynda Marques, a nurse, was killed.  Photo taken on Sept. 10, 2021. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press)
London police guard the scene of a shooting at 2229 Wateroak Dr. in northwest London where Lynda Marques, a nurse, was killed. Photo taken on Sept. 10, 2021. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press)

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