Niagara Falls man dies in hospital after being attacked by his foster child

A 52-year-old Niagara Falls man is that city’s third homicide of the year.

Tony Paonessa, described by family as “the good guy”, died Friday in hospital as a result of injuries he sustained after being attacked at his home.

On Tuesday Police were called to the area of Huggins street and Gainsborough Avenue for reports of a serious assault. When they arrived they found Paonessa suffering from life threatening injuries.

A 17 year old male, who was his foster child, was located shortly after and initially charged with aggravated assault.

Under the youth criminal justice act the 17 year old can’t be identified but police say he is facing a charge of second degree murder now.


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