London man charged with first-degree murder after friend's fiery death
The London Free Press
 
A month ago, a photo was posted on Bradley Joudrey’s Facebook page showing him and his friend, Jonathan Graham, together.
 
Joudrey, wearing a T-shirt and holding a beer, and Graham, in dress shirt and tie, are both sticking out their tongues.
 

Joudrey, 32, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of Graham, 29, who died in a Toronto hospital two days earlier after being set on fire near an east London plaza.

That left Graham’s grieving family, who have known Joudrey for 15 years, struggling for answers.

“Jon called (Joudrey) his brother, he was supposed to be family,” Graham’s younger sister, Sumer Graham, 28, wrote in an exchange on Facebook messenger.

The death of Graham – the second man set ablaze in London in the last year – is the city’s third homicide of 2022.

“To hurt someone in such a horrible way is just so inhumane,” Sumer Graham said.

The two men got into a fight at a home on Noel Avenue, southeast of Trafalgar Street and Clarke Road, Monday night before leaving separately, police said. A citizen called police to report finding Graham on fire near Admiral Drive and Trafalgar about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Officers investigating a hit-and-run found a vehicle less than an hour later on Royal Crescent  – blocks from the fire attack scene – and arrested a man for impaired driving, police said. Investigators soon linked that man to the fire attack.

Joudrey was charged with attempted murder Tuesday. The charge was upgraded to first-degree murder – the first such count in London this year – Thursday. He was slated to appear in court Friday.

It’s painful to look at the photo of Graham, his alleged killer and her other brother, Shane, taken after her grandmother’s funeral, Sumer Graham said.

Known to family and friends as Jonny, Graham had taken pains to be there for Joudrey, after the death of his brother, Aubrey, last year, she said. “Jon and Shane have been by Bradley’s side, helping him, having Brad over for dinner and hanging out with him whenever he needed that extra support.”

Graham, who worked installing flooring, is remembered by loved ones for his sense of humour and always putting family, especially his nine-year-old son, first.

Funeral arrangements for Graham are pending, his sister said.

 

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