Family mourns heartbreaking loss of man, 32, gunned down in Flemingdon Park

‘Anybody who has any idea of what took place, I need you to come forward’

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The heartbroken family of a 32-year-old man gunned down Friday in a Flemingdon Park apartment building is pleading for help finding their loved one’s killers.

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An emotional aunt of the victim — now identified by Toronto Police as Chavaughn Jones — clutched the hand of her nephew’s 10-year-old daughter as she spoke Saturday afternoon at an outdoor news conference arranged by homicide investigators.

“You took away an exemplary father. You took away an amazing son. A brother. An uncle. A cousin,” Tenesha Wilson said, surrounded by members of the victim’s “big loving family,” who comforted one another as she spoke.

“You took away an amazing member of the community. It’s a massive loss to have lost Chavaughan. This was beyond wrong. Chavaughan was just not that man. He was greatness,” she said.

“Anybody who has any idea of what took place, I need you to come forward,” Wilson added.

Chavaughn Jones, 32, was killed in a shooting that wounded two others at 1 Vendome Pl. on Friday, July 2, 2021.
Chavaughn Jones, 32, was killed in a shooting that wounded two others at 1 Vendome Pl. on Friday, July 2, 2021. Photo by Handout /Toronto Police

An educator named Cherilyn Scobie posted a message on her Twitter account @cherilynscobie: “Today, I lost my 22nd student to gun violence and my heart is (broken heart emjoi) … Remember your fashion, your grad and your brilliant shine. RIP Chavaughn Jones.”

Her message prompted Drake to respond on Instagram: “Miss Scobie (crying face emoji.) She cared so much for her students too. S–t is sad AF. RIP Chevy good yout.”

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Homicide Det.-Sgt. Tiffany Castell said three gunmen approached the entrance of the apartment building at 1 at Vendome Pl. — southeast of Don Mills Rd. and eglinton Ave. E. — and began shooting into the lobby area around 12:45 a.m.

Jones, who was in the lobby, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene becoming the city’s 34th murder victim of the year.

Another man in the lobby suffered injuries from broken glass and was treated.

The gunmen then ran down the apartment complex and let loose another volley of gunfire that injured two more people.

A woman suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken to hospital. She has since been released.

A man was also grazed by a bullet and was treated at the scene.

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The shooters fled the complex in an awaiting dark-coloured SUV that was later found torched in York Region

Investigators are appealing for help identifying the killers.

One man has a light complexion, slim build, and was wearing a light-coloured hoodie and light-coloured pants.

The second man has a light complexion, medium build, and was wearing a black hoodie and black pants.

The third man has a medium to heavy build and was wearing a black hoodie with black pants.

Anyone with information regarding the identities or whereabouts of the suspects is urged to call the Homicide Unit at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

jstevenson@postmedia.com

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