THUNDER BAY — The family of a Thunder Bay man found dead after an explosion and fire in a Frederica Street home earlier this month is appealing for help from the public, saying the people who killed him must be brought to justice.
Police are investigating the death of 33-year-old Jordan Lapointe as a homicide.
His father, Randy Lapointe, issued a statement Monday calling his son's killers ruthless.
"Jordan was a beautiful and loving son, a father, a brother, a grandchild, an uncle and good friend to many people....and he would never hesitate for a second to help anyone in need," Lapointe said.
He revealed that Jordan had recently "begun the challenges of addiction recovery, and also the challenges of life less a limb."
The young man had to have an arm amputated last May due to an infection.
The family's statement went on to say Jordan had a "big heart and determination to go forward, but tragically, everything that Sunday evening was taken from him, his son and his entire family."
Randy Lapointe said "Our lives have been destroyed by these ruthless, evil individuals. These individuals are ruining too many innocent lives and families. Something needs to be done."
In the Oct. 3 incident, emergency responders were initially called to the 100 block of Frederica St. E. following reports of a structural fire.
Neighbours also reported hearing a loud bang, and bricks were blown from the exterior of the building.
Police have said neither Jordan Lapointe nor that specific address was known to them.
"If you have any information, or know anything, no matter how small, please do the right thing and call Crime Stoppers," Randy Lapointe said.
"We need justice for Jordan and will never stop searching for those responsible," he concluded.
Thunder Bay Police have also appealed to anyone with information to contact them at 684-1200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or Crime Stoppers online at www.p3tips.com.