As they did many weekends when their parents were at the cottage, the Isnor brothers invited friends over to their Milton bungalow for a few drinks.
But Friday night’s get-together ended tragically with 22-year-old Devon Isnor stabbed to death and his older brother, Jordan, charged with second-degree murder.
About 10 people were in the basement, planning to soon leave for a bar, when they heard “loud screaming” from the upstairs kitchen, friends said.
By the time they got there, Devon Isnor was already bleeding. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
His 25-year-old brother was arrested at the Laurier Ave. home, near Ontario St. and Derry Rd. W.
The police tape had been removed by Sunday morning, leaving no indication of anything that happened inside the home. On the porch sat an ashtray overflowing with cigarette butts.
Three men — one who neighbours’ described as Isnor’s father — stood outside the home, but declined to comment before leaving in a truck.
Isnor’s friends are now mourning their pal whose birthday was less than two weeks away.
They remembered him as a devoted friend who would gladly give a ride to buddy in need.
“Days when I didn’t have food, he’d take me out,” said Amanda Wilson, who befriended Isnor in high school when she lived on her own. “He was always there for me. He would do anything for anybody.”
He liked to joke around and would often affectionately tease his female friends, Wilson said. But he would quickly follow up with an apology of, “I only make fun of you because I love you.”
Nicknamed D-Fat, he adored playing hockey, despite being a weak skater, friends said.
“He was a bigger boy but that didn’t stop him from nothing,” his friend Derek Blanchard said in a written message.
He also loved to party and he and his brother would often hold parties at his house when his parents were out of town, friends said.
Isnor and his brother were close, but “not the same kind” of people, Blanchard said.
“(They were) very different. But they were bros.”
Neighbours described the family as friendly, but said they had few encounters with them beyond pleasantries and the boys’ parties, which they say occasionally raged on into the early morning.
However, several neighbours who spoke to the Star said they didn’t even notice the gathering at Isnor’s house on Friday until police cruisers arrived shortly after midnight.
“Just looking at their house, my stomach is sick,” said Pat Mastracci, who lives across the street. “To have a son killed and a son arrested . . . You have to think: they’ve lost two children. It’s so sad.”
Isnor’s death came just two days after a 49-year-old man was killed in an Acton apartment. Another man has been charged with second-degree murder.
Prior to that, the region had only had four homicides since 2005.
“This is the second in a matter of days,” said Staff Sgt. John Karcz of Halton Regional Police. “It’s shocking, but it shouldn’t elevate concern within the community.
“Both were contained and isolated incidents.”
From the Toronto Star