Murder investigation in Brockton

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One man is dead and another has been charged with murder following an incident in Brockton on Friday afternoon.


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Just before 2 p.m., members of the South Bruce OPP responded to the residence at Concession 4 East Brant in the Municipality of Brockton about an injured man.

Police and Bruce County Paramedics Services attended the residence and located a man with vital signs absent. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The deceased has been identified as 53-year-old Steven Berfelz of Brockton.

On Saturday, Ronald Seifried, 57, of West Grey was arrested and charged with second degree murder.

Under the direction of OPP Criminal Investigation Branch Det-Insp. Randy Gaynor, members of the South Bruce OPP Crime Unit, with the assistance of the OPP Emergency Response Team, Technical Collision Investigation and Forensic Identification Services, continue to investigate, police said in a news release.

South Bruce OPP Const. Danielle Morrison said Monday morning that she couldn’t provide any additional details about the incident. She said police were still on scene.

The accused appeared by video at the Ontario Court of Justice in London on Saturday where he was remanded into custody. A subsequent court appearance was scheduled for Monday in Walkerton.

A fundraiser and GoFundMe page have been set up for the family of the victim. The GoFundMe page at created on Sunday by Michelle Myers says that Berfelz leaves behind a wife and family.

In a short write-up on the page it says it was started to allow for out-of-town friends to “support this now single parent family.” The goal was set at $5,000.

“Steve – being a farmer and his wife employed off the farm, I am not even sure what will happen to the farm,” it says on the page.

On a public Facebook post, Myers said she has decided to start a gift card fundraiser to help ease the financial stress on Berfelz’s family.

Grocery, gas and household cards can be dropped off Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at her shop “Marketplace” at 505 Mill Street in Neustadt.

“Let’s stand up as a community and wrap ourselves around this terrible tragedy,” the post said.

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