Local man’s death a homicide - RCMP


Nova Scotia RCMP have confirmed Donald Derrick "Donny" Lohnes's death was caused by a criminal act, having determined the 57-year-old Lunenburg County man's passing was a homicide.

As of December 8, no charges have been filed, nor arrests made, Sgt. Andrew Joyce, a spokesman for the province's Mounties, told LighthouseNOW in an email.

No new details have been released, except for Joyce verifying another media's story claiming the matter was a homicide was "factual."

In November, the RCMP reported that Lohnes, who lived in Pine Grove, died under suspicious circumstances. The father of two sons, Lohnes sustained life-threatening injuries at a Jippie Avenue home in the community of Pine Grove on October 25.

Five days after Lohnes was hurt - on October 30 - authorities were summoned to a local hospital in relation to the circumstances. Then, on November 1, law enforcement was told of Lohnes's death.

Police agencies specializing in major crime investigations, along with local law enforcement agencies, and the medical examiner, are partnering in the investigation.

Meanwhile, Lohnes, a long-time lumber mill worker, was remembered as a kind son, caring brother and an incredible father during a graveside service November 8 in Pine Grove.

"Donny was the kindest most generous man who would give you the shirt off his back and then some," reads a published obituary.

Lohnes loved the Boston Bruins NHL hockey franchise, and idolized No. 4 Bobby Orr. He also had a life-long celebrity crush on Canadian country music superstar Shania Twain.

Lohnes battled inflammatory bowel disease, and donations to Crohn's and Colitis research were requested in his memory, or a charity of choice, according to his obituary.

A successful fundraising campaign organized by Craig Zitto brought in over $6,000 in seven days to help cover the cost of Lohnes's funeral. The goal was $5,000, and that was achieved in two days.

"Donny as humble as he was, would be tickled pink knowing there were so many people out there that were this generous and caring," reads one of Zitto's online posts on the GoFundMe page.

The fundraising page indicated the $1,415 raised above-and-beyond the goal would go to Lohnes's sons, Devon and Merek.

Anyone with information concerning the incident involving Lohnes is asked to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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