Rob Ford-coached football player charged in Skinner murder

Nicholas Swaby, 23. (Google+ photo)

Nicholas Swaby, 23. (Google+ photo)

Chris Doucette, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

Nicholas Swaby was a standout athlete playing football not that long ago at an Etobicoke high school under the tutelage of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

But the 23-year-old now stands accused in one of the city’s more brutal murders in recent memory, Toronto Police said.

Swaby is among four young men now charged for their alleged roles in the unprovoked slaying of Christopher Skinner, 23.

“I know he went to Don Bosco and was on the football team, but that doesn’t play into our investigation at all,” homicide Det.-Sgt. Stacy Gallant confirmed Friday.

Skinner was walking along Adelaide St. E., near Victoria St., around 3 a.m. on Oct. 18, 2009, when he accidentally brushed up against an SUV prompting a group of men to jump out and attack him.

As the group fled, the SUV’s driver allegedly drove over the victim intentionally, leaving him for dead on the street.


Videos

Photos