TORONTO – A 15-year-old boy was shot dead in Rexdale late Sunday — the third teen to be fatally shot in Toronto in the last month.
Toronto police have identified the teen as Jarvis Montaque. He was a Grade 10 student at nearby Father Henry Carr high school.
Montaque’s family and police asked the public to reach out if they know anything.
Police said Jarvis Montaque was socializing with friends in front of a home on Jamestown Crescent near Kipling Avenue and Albion Road just before 11 p.m. when an unknown male walked up and shot him at close range.
Police think Montaque was targeted. He was killed by a single bullet fired from a gun 10 feet in front of him by someone wearing a hood.
According to Det. Joyce Schertzer, Montaque staggered away before collapsing near the front steps of another residence in the housing complex. The shooter walked back the way he came.
Police said they are looking for a male suspect who was dressed in all black.
Montaque was rushed to hospital, where he died.
<h2>Toronto police video</h2>
Police released the following video on YouTube describing the case and asking for witnesses.
Police said his family moved here from Jamaica nearly two years ago.
The teenager’s killing comes just one week after 15-year-old St. Aubyn Rodney was shot and killed in his Jane Street and Finch Avenue West apartment. A 17-year-old boy is charged with manslaughter in the incident.
On Jan. 18, Tyson Bailey, also 15, was shot to death in a Regent Park highrise. No charges have been laid.
And in Brampton, nine-year-old Kesean Williams died after being shot while he watched television in his home. No arrests have been made.
“We are extremely saddened that another senseless act of gun violence has claimed the life of a young person in one of our communities,” Toronto Community Housing said in a statement.
“We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Jarvis Montaque and the Thistletown 1 community.”
“For another young person to lose his life this way is not just tragic, it is unacceptable. Gun violence affects everyone in the city, and more must be done to get guns off the streets of Toronto.”
TCHC said its operations staff are in the community to provide residents with support.
Police are going through video from security cameras in the neighbourhood but said they need witnesses to put it into context.