Week of Toronto homicides returns to nearly triple the count of last year

The homicide of a young Toronto man brought the number of deaths this year in the city to 80. In a vigil at an east end church attended by many young people on Friday…

Week of Toronto homicides returns to nearly triple the count of last year

The homicide of a young Toronto man brought the number of deaths this year in the city to 80.

In a vigil at an east end church attended by many young people on Friday evening, Pastor Devante Smith-Jackson said the death of Bradley John Davies, a 20-year-old college student, was the most recent act of gun violence that claimed lives in Toronto. Mr. Davies was shot multiple times while sitting in a vehicle in the early hours of Thursday morning. Another man was wounded in the incident.

“Let us face the fact that our children are dying,” Mr. Smith-Jackson said. “Let us face the reality that we are killing each other, that we’re killing each other for little things.”

Mr. Smith-Jackson thanked community members who had come to the vigil and who are “going to stand up for a different world.”

A youth advocate said the community is “looking for the people who are going to take the risks and the risks that are going to keep us safe from the gun violence that we’re having to see.”

“We’re not going to give up,” the advocate said. “We’re going to keep moving forward.”

An organizer for the city’s youth services emphasized the importance of parents raising children in a positive environment and the need for the community to gather and support each other.

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