TORONTO: Fatally shot Trevor Seraphine was from St. Lucia

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Police officers walk away from the apartment building where Trevor Seraphine, 16, was shot dead early Saturday morning.

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Police officers walk away from the apartment building where Trevor Seraphine, 16, was shot dead early Saturday morning.

By:  Staff Reporter,  Staff Reporter, Published on Sat Mar 21 2015

A 16-year-old boy shot dead in front of an Etobicoke apartment building early Saturday morning is, according to a cousin, one of six siblings from St. Lucia whose parents are still in their island homeland.

Saturday morning, the glass entrance to 44 Willowridge Dr., the public housing building where Trevor Seraphine was fatally shot, was left riddled with four bullet holes.

Residents of the building recalled being awakened by the sound of gunshots, followed later by police sirens.

Police said the high school student was found shortly after 2 a.m. with life-threatening gunshot wounds, taken to hospital and later pronounced dead there.

Police said Trevor Seraphine, 16,  was found shortly after 2 a.m. at an apartment near Willowridge Rd. with apparent gunshot wounds.

 Police said Trevor Seraphine, 16, was found shortly after 2 a.m. at an apartment near Willowridge Rd. with apparent gunshot wounds.

Seraphine’s cousin Xabie Adjodha, 30, told the Star the boy was visiting an old girlfriend who lived in the building. He was supposed to sleep over at a nearby friend’s that night, but was unexpectedly kicked out.

Adjodha said she lived with Seraphine and his siblings across the street from the building he was shot outside for years, but they moved away recently because the area was getting “too dangerous.”

Their move came nearly eight years after Adjodha brought the siblings to Canada for a better life and to help raise Seraphine as one of her own.

“I was the one helping feed him and bringing him to school. I love this kid,” she said, before breaking down in tears. “I took them from their house and one of them died.”

As soon as she heard of his death, she said, she called Seraphine’s parents in St. Lucia. The news shook Seraphine’s mother, who “ran out of the house screaming and no one knew where she went.”

Adjodha said she is helping to arrange visas for the family to come to Canada to honour Seraphine at a funeral, for which she has started a crowdfunding campaign on gofundme.com.

She said she can’t believe someone would try to hurt her cousin, a boy she described as “always smiling.”

“He would give you that shy smirk,” she recalled, noting that he often made videos of himself rapping, but was too shy to show them off in person. “Everyone knew Trevor could make you happy or make you laugh.”

Most of his days were spent at North Albion Collegiate Institute, where Adjodha said he was a “quiet” student, who had big dreams of becoming an engineer.

Race card dismissed by Ontario court

Ontario court dismisses claim that gun conviction resulted from racial profiling

By: Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press

Posted: 11:55 AM | Comments: 1 | Last Modified: 2:25 PM

Richard Steele is seen in Toronto on Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. Steele argued unsuccessfully before Ontario’s top court that his gun-offence conviction was the result of racial profiling. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

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Richard Steele is seen in Toronto on Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. Steele argued unsuccessfully before Ontario’s top court that his gun-offence conviction was the result of racial profiling. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

TORONTO – Ontario’s highest court dismissed an appeal Monday from a man who argued his gun offence convictions were the result of racial profiling.

Richard Steele had argued he was a victim of “driving while black.”

He was convicted in October 2010 of concealing a loaded handgun under the front passenger seat of his mother’s car after being pulled over in Hamilton.

His lawyers argued at the Ontario Court of Appeal that the judge at Steele’s trial erred in failing to properly consider evidence of racial profiling.

The appeal court dismissed Steele’s appeal, finding his charter rights were not infringed.

“There is no basis to interfere with the trial judge’s factual conclusion that the stop and search were not racially motivated,” the panel of three judges found. “The convictions were supported by the evidence and were not unreasonable.”

Steele’s lawyer expressed disappointment at the ruling.

Inquiry set to open in fatal shooting of Zaid Youssef and Michael Menjivar in North Etobicoke

Catholic school board to investigate midday deaths of teens near high school

CBC News Posted: Feb 10, 2015 10:03 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 10, 2015 10:03 PM ET

The shooting deaths of two Toronto high school students last year will be the subject a formal school board inquiry.

The Toronto Catholic District School Board will conduct three public meetings to gather input, scheduled Feb. 24, March 4 and March 25.

Zaid Youssef, 17, and Michael Menjivar, 15, were shot around midday on Oct. 6, 2014 behind an apartment building in North Etobicoke in the area of Dixon Road and Islington Avenue.

Witnesses said the shooting took place after a fight broke out in the parking lot of Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School and continued at nearby Fairhaven Park.

Yousseff was a student at Don Bosco while the younger teen attended North York’s James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School on Finch Avenue West, 12 kilometres northeast of the park.

A little over a week after the incident, police arrested and charged a 17-year-old boy with attempted murder and various weapons offences in connection with the shooting deaths.

CALGARY: Dahab Exchange owner Yusuf Mohamed recovering in hospital

Dahab Exchange owner Yusuf Mohamed was attacked inside his store 2 weeks ago

CBC News Posted: Dec 19, 2014 5:04 PM MT Last Updated: Dec 19, 2014 5:04 PM MT

A Calgary business owner who was shot in the neck two weeks ago is now out of a coma.

Yusuf Mohamed was attacked inside his money exchange store on 17th Avenue S.E. on Dec. 5 by two masked men. He managed to get to the Vietnamese restaurant next door where staff called 911.

EDMONTON: Murder warrant issued for Luqman Osman in Papyrus Lounge fatal shooting

Murder warrant issued for Luqman Osman in Papyrus Lounge shooting

City issues 14-day business licence suspension after incidents at lounge

By Trisha Estabrooks, Andrea Huncar, Janice Johnston, CBC News Posted: Nov 06, 2014 11:10 AM MT Last Updated: Nov 06, 2014 4:20 PM MT

Edmonton police have issued warrants, including one for second-degree murder, for Luqman Osman in connection with Wednesday morning’s shooting death at the Papyrus Lounge at 112th Street and 107thAvenue.

The 31-year old victim, Bekri Mohamad, was found dead on the floor of the club. CBC News has learned the Edmonton man had a minor drug-related record with two convictions five years ago.

MONTREAL: Haitians and Latinos involved in early morning St-Michel shooting

Police find last suspect in early morning St-Michel shooting

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Pie IX Blvd. has reopened to traffic following an overnight investigation into an exchange of gunfire between police and five suspect shortly after 1 a.m. in Montreal’s St-Michel borough.

Police had been looking for a man after being called to an area of Montreal’s St-Michel borough after shots were heard near Pie IX Blvd and 47th avenue shortly after 1 a.m.

According to SPVM spokesman Simon Delorme, police found a vehicle occupied by five men when they arrived on the scene, but the men fled by foot.

While chasing the suspects, a shot was fired towards the officers and police responded with more shots, Delorme said.

Four of the suspects were arrested shortly after the exchange, but one remained on the run until shortly before 8 a.m.

No one was injured during this operation.

Authorities were able to catch the last suspect with the help of the Sûreté du Québec’s helicopters and the members of the tactical team.

Police nabbed him in the industrial sector of St-Michel after combing through a security perimeter between Pie IX Blvd., Des Grandes Prairies Blvd., the Miron quarry and Robert Blvd.

Delorme said there is reason to believe the men, who are all between 25 and 29 years old, are involved in street gangs.

The investigation continues in the industrial park as authorities look for evidence in the case.

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http://fr.canoe.ca/infos/societe/archives/2014/11/20141102-040706.html

Les suspects d’origine latino-américaine et haïtienne sont vraisemblablement liés aux gangs de rue, selon la police.

http://journalmetro.com/actualites/montreal/586830/coups-de-feu-vers-des-policiers-suspect-arrete/