Police identify man killed in early June 'altercation'

A 26-year-old man facing a first-degree murder charge in connection to a violent altercation in Chatham, made a brief virtual court appearance Thursday morning.

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Chatham-Kent police identified Manuel (Manny) da Silva, 35, of Chatham as the man who died of injuries suffered after a recent altercation between several men on St. George Street near Park Avenue East.

The police service offered “deepest condolences” to the family and friends of da Silva in a media release Thursday.

Manny da Silva
Manny da Silva

“Manny’s proudest achievement was being a father to his adorable son Lincoln,” his obituary stated. “In life, he was an incredibly compassionate and caring person. He was affectionately known as someone who could fix any tool or device due to his ingenuity.

“Most importantly, his greatest gift to us all was his heart. Whether in person, or on the telephone, an exchange was always concluded with an ‘I love you.’”

The 26-year-old man facing a first-degree murder charge after this violent altercation in Chatham also made a brief court appearance Thursday morning.

Kyle Samko had his matter adjourned to June 17 to confirm legal representation and for further evidence to be provided in the case.


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He was remanded into custody at the South West Detention Centre in Windsor.

There is a publication ban on reporting evidence heard during the pre-trial phase.

According to previously published reports, witnesses said a hammer was used in the altercation.

The men knew each other, police said.

Police and paramedics reportedly found the injured man lying on the ground in front of a home on St. George Street. One witness said paramedics were performing chest compressions on the man before he was taken away in an ambulance to the Chatham hospital.

“He succumbed to his injuries a short time later, despite life-saving efforts at the scene and hospital,” said Const. Renee Cowell, Chatham-Kent police’s public information officer in a previous statement.

Members of the major crime unit continue to investigate, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Cole Abbott at colea@chatham-kent.ca or 519-380-6024. Anonymous calls can also be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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