VAUGHAN, Ont.: Dark-skinned man wanted after deadly shooting at Vaughan cafe

Police release new images of suspect in Vaughan cafe shooting

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New images of a suspect in a deadly shooting at a Vaughan, Ont., cafe on June 24, 2015 have been released.

New images of a suspect in a deadly shooting at a Vaughan, Ont., cafe on June 24, 2015 have been released.

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TORONTO — New images of a man wanted after a deadly shooting at a Vaughan cafe have been released by police.

The brazen attack Wednesday morning at Moka Cafe, near Islington Avenue and Highway 7, left two people dead and two others wounded. One person remains in critical condition.

Maria Voci, 47, and Christopher De Simone, 24, both from Vaughan, were pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsies on the victims confirmed both died of the gunshot wounds sustained in the attack.

READ MORE: Police seek witnesses after 2 dead, 2 injured in Vaughan café shooting

Voci was a mother of three and worked at the cafe. One of the men who was injured in the attack was Rocco Di Paola, a businessman who was a Toronto mayoral candidate in last year’s election.

Amanda Lindhout speaks out on arrest of Somali man accused in her kidnapping

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Amanda Lindhout, near her home in Alberta, tells the Star she never thought she would ever again see the face of the man accused of leading the Somali gang that kidnapped her in 2008.

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Amanda Lindhout, near her home in Alberta, tells the Star she never thought she would ever again see the face of the man accused of leading the Somali gang that kidnapped her in 2008.

By:  National Security Reporter, Published on Sun Jun 14 2015

During 460 harrowing days in captivity in Somalia, Amanda Lindhout says one of the kidnappers whom she knew only as “Adam” directed much of the torture she endured, watching impassively as a serrated knife was held to her throat, and terrorizing her mother with ransom demands.

When she was released in 2009, she thought she would never see his face again.

But on Friday — her 34th birthday — the RCMP announced an Ottawa arrest in her kidnapping case and released the photo of suspect Ali Omar Ader.

Lindhout said seeing Ader’s image online “literally took my breath away.”

She alleges he is the man who introduced himself as “the commander” of the group that kidnapped her and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan near Mogadishu and whom she knew only as “Adam.”

CABBAGETOWN: Eritrean refugee Adonay Zekarias convicted of first-degree murder in stabbing death of co-national Nighisti Semret

Guilty verdict in grisly Cabbagetown murder 2:19

Adonay Zekarias was convicted on Tuesday of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Nighisti Semret.

Semret, 55, was found stabbed to death on a rainy morning on Oct. 23, 2012 as she walked down a Cabbagetown laneway following a night shift a nearby hotel.

She was stabbed seven times. Court heard that Semret fought her attacker, getting blood under her nails.

“Justice was served today,” Crown Attorney Mary Humphrey said.

The jury came back with a guilty verdict within four hours. The conviction comes with an automatic life sentence.

“My client and his family are very disappointed with the verdict,” said Susan Adams, Zekarias’s lawyer.

Semret had once been helping Zekarias with his English and both were Eritrean refugees.

Sentencing will commence on Friday at which time Semret’s son will make a victim impact statement.

Charged in another murder

​Some information, however, was not allowed to reach jury members before making their decision.

Zekarias, 43, has been charged in another murder, that of 28-year-old Rigat Ghirmay.

Adonay ZekariasAdonay Zekarias, seen above, has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Nighisti Semret. (Toronto Police Service)

Details about the other charge came out in an investigation led by police homicide Det. Gary Giroux who questioned Zekarias on Sept. 30, 2013, about 11 months after Semret’s death.

Ghirmay’s remains were found in a duffle bag in Toronto’s west end about six months after Semret was killed. Some remains are still missing.

 

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TORONTO: Mark Moore found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in 2010 shooting deaths of Jahmeel Spence, Mike James, Courthney Facey and Carl Cole

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Published Saturday, May 30, 2015 6:04PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, May 30, 2015 6:31PM EDT

An aspiring Toronto rapper has been found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in the 2010 shooting deaths of four men.

Mark Moore pleaded not guilty to all four of the murders, which took place over a span of 75 days in the fall of 2010.

Moore has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Mark Garfield Moore appears in this undated image taken from a YouTube video.

The jury came back with their verdict around 6 p.m. Saturday.

Moore is convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Jahmeel Spence, Mike James, Courthney Facey and Carl Cole.

Two of those killings were witnessed by a friend of Moore, who provided key testimony at the trial.

Moore is currently serving a 12-year sentence for a violent Toronto robbery.

More to come.

String of Surrey shootings connected to turf war between Somali and South Asian gangs

Young refugees have little support for trauma, says head of Umoja Operation Compassion Society of BC

By The Early Edition, CBC News Posted: Apr 30, 2015 12:55 PM PT Last Updated: Apr 30, 2015 12:55 PM PT

The Umoja Operation Compassion Society of BC helps young African refugees to adjust to life in Canada - and its executive director says more needs to be done to prevent young people getting involved with gangs.The Umoja Operation Compassion Society of BC helps young African refugees to adjust to life in Canada – and its executive director says more needs to be done to prevent young people getting involved with gangs. (umojaoperation.ca/)

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Keeping Somali youth out of gangs 6:49

The head of a Surrey, B.C.-based organization that works with Somali immigrants and refugees wants better gang prevention programs for youth, as the community grapples with 23 shootings in two months.

RCMP have said the shootings are connected to a turf war between rival Somali and South Asian gangs.

“It’s a big problem generally in the youth. If there are no youth programs the Somalis won’t be there,” Amos Kambere, Executive Director of theUmoja Operation Compassion Society of BC, told The Early Edition’sRick Cluff.

Huge culture shock

Kambere said many of the Somalis who come to Canada have suffered violence in refugee camps and experience a huge culture shock when they arrive.

“These people are coming with issues of trauma, issues of mental health and when they come here they are overwhelmed.”

Marc Wabafiyebazu, 15, charged with first-degree murder in drug-related shootout

Marc Wabafiyebazu, 15, indicted on first-degree murder charge

The Canadian Press Posted: Apr 15, 2015 2:02 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 15, 2015 5:08 PM ET

Marc Wabafiyebazu, the son of a Canadian diplomat , was charged with first-degree murder in what police say was a drug-related shootout.Marc Wabafiyebazu, the son of a Canadian diplomat , was charged with first-degree murder in what police say was a drug-related shootout. (Handout/Canadian Press)

 A Canadian diplomat’s teenage son accused of involvement in a drug-related shootout that killed his older brother in Florida has been charged with murder and will be tried as an adult.

A Miami-Dade County grand jury indicted 15-year-old Marc Wabafiyebazu on first-degree felony murder charges Wednesday.