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Funeral service held for Jarvis Montaque, 15

Jarvis Montaque, 15, was shot to death in Rexdale on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.

TORONTO, Ont. – A funeral service was held Thursday afternoon for 15-year-old Jarvis Montaque, who was Toronto’s eighth homicide victim.

The boy was shot to death on the night of Feb. 17 on Jamestown Crescent, near Finch Avenue and Martin Grove Road, in Rexdale. Police continue to search for the gunman.

The Abundant Life Assembly Church at 145 Dixon Rd. said the service would be a celebration of Jarvis’s life and everyone was encouraged to wear white to the service, which began at 3 p.m. and ended shortly after 5:30 p.m.

Jarvis’s family is asking for help in raising the money to send his body back to Jamaica for burial. A fundraiser will be held Friday evening at Jamaican Canadian Association in Etobicoke.

His sister, Roshea Gunnis, said he came to Canada two years ago with the hopes of joining the Canadian Forces.

The teen’s sisters, Tanasha Smith and Gunnis, spoke out at a Crime Stoppers news conference on Tuesday, urging the gunman to surrender to police and appealing to anyone in the Jamestown community to go to investigators with information.

“I just wanted to let everybody out there know that my brother was an amazing person,” Gunnis said. “He didn’t deserve to be taken away from us.”

Those wishing to help the family with burial costs can donate to:

TD Canada Trust
Transit # 02622
Branch # 004
Account # 78766661997