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Police identify victim of Monday's shooting

William "Billy" Nathanson, 19, was shot to death on Sheppard Avenue West, near Jane Street, on Monday, Nov. 22

TORONTO, Ont. – Toronto police are appealing for witnesses in the city’s latest homicide.

William “Billy” Nathanson, 19, was shot to death on Sheppard Avenue West, near Jane Street, as he came home from from work Monday night.

He was just two days shy of his 20th birthday.

Police said they are looking for two male suspects who took off in a dark-coloured car.

Investigators said Nathanson kept a regular schedule and his killers were most likely aware of it.

“He was reliable and stuck to a pretty tight schedule, went to school during the day, he worked every night — five nights a week — and so, he would be pretty tight as to what time he’d be coming and going,” Toronto police Det.-Sgt. Pauline Gray told reporters at a news conference.

Investigators want to speak with anyone who might have seen Nathanson that night.

“I am asking the members of the public who may have been travelling in the Jane and Sheppard area of the city, between 9 [p.m.] and [10 p.m.], and ask that they turn their mind to that Monday evening, and if they remember seeing Billy perhaps walking or on transit,” Det.-Sgt. Gray said.

This was the city’s 55th homicide of the year.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and submit message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

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