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Police identify girl, 16, killed in Richmond Hill shooting

Police have identified the 16-year-old girl shot dead in Richmond Hill Wednesday as Brenda Pathammavong of Brampton.

Her family is requesting privacy, but issued a statement saying Pathammavong’s friends and family are “devastated by this tragedy.”

“Brenda was a positive, selfless young woman who deeply loved her family. Although she was the youngest in the family, her family and their needs were always her first priority. Her family and friends will greatly miss Brenda’s always-present bright smile, giggles, intelligence and sass.”

Earlier reports said she was 15 years old.

Premier Hoang, 18, of Brampton was also killed.

A 20-year-old man from Brampton was also shot and remains in critical condition. His identity is not being released by police.

Police found the victims in a car parked at 172 Centre St. E. shortly after midnight on Jan. 8.

Police are looking for two male suspects, both black, in their 20s, wearing baggy clothing. They are also searching for a grey or silver-coloured Honda Civic that was seen travelling westbound on Centre Street East around the time of the shooting.

Police believe the victims and suspects might have known each other and the shooting may have been drug-related.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7865 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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