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North York community holds ‘keys’ to solving teens’ murders: police

A small North York community holds the “keys” to solving the murders of two boys in its neighbourhood, and police said they’re disappointed more people haven’t come forward.

It was on the afternoon of Aug. 23, 2013, that O’She Doyles-Whyte, 16, and Kwame Duodu, 15, were gunned down in a housing complex on Grandravine Drive, near Jane Street and Sheppard Avenue West. Neither boy had been in trouble with the law.

“One minute he’s going to get lunch for his brother. The next minute he’s dead,” said Kwame’s mother, who didn’t want to be identified.

“I miss him a lot. I miss him a lot. I never dreamed about this … never.”

A year later, the gunman and two accomplices remain on the loose, despite security camera footage of them fleeing on bicycles.

“I am paranoid,” Kwame’s mother said. “I get up very early in the morning to go to work. I’m constantly looking over my shoulder. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I constantly wonder if my other two boys are safe.”

Det.-Sgt. Terry Browne of Toronto’s homicide unit said the surveillance images combined with “whispers,” or community chatter, in the neighbourhood have helped them come up with a possible name for one of the suspects.

In order to make an arrest, he said, someone needs to speak up.

“Once we have people that are willing to come forward with clues of what these people look like, it should marry with what we already gathered,” Browne said.

“It’s the whole puzzle we need to put together, not just these little pieces and trying to figure it out on [our] own.”

He’ll be at a basketball tournament and track-and-field event in honour of Kwame and O’She at Oakdale Community Centre on Saturday — and available to talk if anyone has information.

People who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS (8477).