Free Press staff

September 13, 2021

-Toronto Sun


London police have identified the woman killed in a targeted Hyde Park shooting Friday evening.

Lynda Cruz Marques, 30, died of her injuries in hospital after shots rang out at Wateroak Drive and Heardcreek Trail, in a quiet subvidision in the city’s northwest end, on Friday.

Marques was working as a medical aesthetics nurse, performing cosmetic filler injections and other procedures.

Marques’s registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario, the profession’s regulatory body in the province, says she was a registered practical nurse before becoming a registered nurse in February 2020.

In a post on her Instagram page July 27, Marques announced she was launching her own medical aesthetics business in London after working at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.

London police officers responded to reports of multiple gunshots at Wateroak Drive and Heardcreek Trail at about 8 p.m. Friday. A person was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries, where they later died, police said.

Neighbours describe seeing an injured woman being pulled from a vehicle in the driveway of the home at 2229 Wateroak Dr.

The shooting sent panicked bystanders fleeing from the parkette and playground next door to the home, neighbours say.

Investigators remained at the scene, cordoning off the homes at 2225 and 2229 Wateroak Dr. with police tape. Police had a drone in the air to survey the scene and had multiple evidence markers on the ground, spanning both properties.

Police say the shooting was targeted and there is no wider threat to public safety. This is the 11th homicide in London this year.