Two days after a 27 years Oromo man was beat to death in Washington DC, Ibsa Hassan of Toronto was shot to death while in his car. This comes on the first year annivarsary of Keyru Mustafa Lolo, who was aslo brutaly shot to death as he walked out of his building in Denver Colorado.
TORONTO, CA -The bullet that claimed Ibsa Hassan Ismeil also killed a dream. The 29-year-old man, his wife and sister-in-law were fixing up a storefront cafe on Danforth Ave., working the past three weeks to prepare it for a grand opening on Wednesday.
The interior still has the lingering smell of paint, tables positioned for customers and a pop fridge chilling some of the canned items that would have been sold at Tayso Cafe. But the cafe wasn’t just a personal dream; it was part of the growing enclave of Ethiopian businesses on Danforth, east of Greenwood Ave.
Ismeil was found dead in his car, shot in the head, in a parking lot at a Cataraqui Ct. housing complex, in the Danforth Rd. and Warden Ave. area, shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday.
Samuel Getachew, a friend and a candidate running for councillor in Ward 43, said Ismeil was one “of the new business owners” in the area. He said the victim, the city’s 50th murder of the year, recently had a child. “He was really, really excited to open that business and move on, and have a family and live the Canadian dream,” Getachew said.
He said he’s disturbed by the violence in the black community and recently had a brief conversation with Premier Dalton McGuinty. They ended the encounter with a promise to Getachew to speak to an assistant. “Lots of young people are dying,” Getachew said. “He’s not the only black kid who’s died this year.” Ismeil was in the neighbourhood where his mom lives when area residents called police early Sunday reporting a number of shots being fired.
Police sources said the victim was known to police for minor incidents involving assault a decade ago. Area residents reported hearing about four or five shots in the Scarborough neighbourhood of community-run townhouses. Police said there appears to be no connection with the weekend shooting on Leyton Ave., near Danforth Rd. and Danforth Ave. where a 24-year-old man was shot in the neck and arm around 9 p.m. Saturday. The serious injuries that victim suffered are not considered life threatening.
Source: Toronto Sun