what the hell is happening to this city
They came for the funeral of a Toronto teenager, the latest victim of the city’s summer of the gun.
Now many of those who were at the 7th Day Adventist Church at Albion and Martin Grove Road will have to plan another one.
In one of the most outrageous incidents of gun violence in a city that’s seen far too many of them, a man has been gunned down at the funeral for a Toronto shooting victim.
It happened around 12:30pm Friday, as family, friends and relatives were saying a tearful goodbye to a 17-year-old.
He was shot to death near Eglinton and Oakwood on November 9th.
As mourners lamented his loss, at least three armed men were waiting inside. They reportedly followed one man who briefly left the service and went outside for a cigarette, then drew their weapons and shot the victim in the neck as he tried to go back in.
The teen was rushed to Etobicoke General Hospital with no vital signs and doctors were unable to save him.
It's reported the young man is this crime was the best friend of the previous victim and may have been with him when he was gunned down last week.
The area, between Martin Grove and Finch, has been sealed off as investigators hunt for clues. But so far there have been no arrests and police won't confirm how many people they're looking for.
But reports indicate a woman may have been the one wielding the gun, and that the getaway car struck several other vehicles as it fled the scene.
Family, friends and relatives are both grief stricken and enraged at the violence, with some noting they were forced to dive under the pews of the church when the bullets began flying.
Even veteran cops are stunned by the brazen nature of this latest senseless slaying.
“There were approximately 300 people on the premises at the time of the shooting and the funeral service,” reveals Supt. Ron Taverner. “It's a horrendous situation that's taken place here. The grieving process of one homicide victim and shooting to take place at a funeral is just incomprehensible quite frankly.”
The first teen's murder remains unsolved. Witnesses reported seeing a red or burgundy coloured car speeding away from the scene of his killing, but detectives are still probing the motive for the crime.
He was the 66th murder victim of 2005. This latest killing brings the total to 69. More than half of those came at the end of a gun.