Mother won't give up on her murdered son's cold case

These cold-blooded murderers may have viciously killed her son and got away scot-free.

But they have not killed a mother’s desire to track them down — or that of Toronto Police as well.

His name was Glenn Irvin Joseph Lowe. He was known as Glenny and was 32.

“Glenny was kind-hearted and very trusting,” said his mom Dale Lowe.

Too trusting.

He liked to please his friends. And his skills were perfect for the criminal activity they were operating.

“He had experience working as a carpenter, electrician, and had completed his plumbing apprenticeship,” she said.

His pals were running a marijuana grow-op on Jane St. and asked for his help. He foolishly agreed.

“He was helping them to have a more efficient irrigation system,” said Dale. “He was trying to find a way to water the plants without anybody having to be there.”

She said he was not paid but was told he would get a bonus once the stash was harvested and sold. If this is how it really was, it just goes to show what can happen when you lie with dogs. You get fleas.

And the importance of not succumbing to peer pressure.

“He never should have been involved in anything like that and when I found out I told him to get out,” said his heart-broken mom.

Glenny agreed. Dale thinks it may have cost him his life.

“He had accepted a plumbing apprentice position in Owen Sound.”

But out of loyalty he didn’t want to leave them stuck and until his moving date he agreed to continue with his project of getting this watering system going.

Bad move.

Just after 11 p.m. on a cold Sunday in Feb. 2010 there was a knock on the back door of the house. Unsuspecting of trouble, Glenny answered the door and was quickly overtaken by a man. He was shot in the head almost immediately and left for dead. A woman who was living in the house called 911 but it was too late for Glenny.

He was dead.

The man, described “as a male, black skinned, 5’7”-5’9”, and between 170-190 pounds” fled the house and headed in a car south on Jane Street, never to be seen again. He is out there somewhere.

But this case — for now — is as cold as that tragic night was. But things can change.

“Somebody does know what happened here,” said Dale. “Somebody knows who the killers were and the reason for this.”

Most are not talking. It is believed there could be more than just the killer behind this.

Dale says Lowe’s friends who encouraged him into this wicked world suddenly found silence.

“They all know more than they are telling police,” she said. “I think Glenn was killed because he was going to get out of this business and somebody did not like that.”

Toronto Police’s Homicide Squad has really upped its web presence on cold cases. They are working very hard to find clues to numerous cases that remain unsolved, like the murder of Glenn Lowe.

“All it sometimes takes is one tip that someone calls in,” Supt. Greg McLane told me recently. “We never stop working on these cases.”

There is a $50,000 reward for help in solving Glenn Lowe’s murder. Call Crime Stoppers anonymously if you know or homicide.

My message here to Glenny’s pals — including the woman in that house — by not helping police, it means the killers are out there and free to kill again.

The killer needs to know something too.

Like the arrest of a woman allegedly involved in a 1989 attempted murder that I wrote about in Tuesday’s paper, a knock on the door with handcuffs may be in your future too.

Toronto Police are motivated and so is the mom of your murder victim Glenn Lowe.


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