Neighbourhood fear after man shot to death in Toronto townhome complex

The city’s 84th homicide of the year has a nearby mother fearful for two young sons

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She thought her move six months ago would shield her from the violence.

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“I moved from Jane and Finch to come down here,” said Roxie, a mother of two young boys.

“This is the closest I’ve ever been to someone being shot and killed.”

Since June, Roxie lived in a townhouse complex near the intersection of Humber Blvd. and Alliance Ave.

Two days after Christmas, she’s standing in her doorway looking at the yellow police tape blowing in the wind marking off the unit where police say a man was shot and killed Sunday night.

“Yeah it’s scary,” Roxie said. “And I just moved here.”

Toronto Police at the scene of a fatal shooting on Humber Blvd., near Alliance Ave., Monday, Dec. 27, 2021.
Toronto Police at the scene of a fatal shooting on Humber Blvd., near Alliance Ave., Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. Photo by Scott Laurie /Toronto Sun

Police said they got a call at about 7:45 p.m. Boxing Day for reports of a man who had been shot by two suspects who then fled the area.

Officers found the man inside a townhouse unit — identified as 29-year-old Jamar Hall — suffering gunshot wounds.

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He was pronounced dead at the scene.

He is the city’s 84 th murder victim of 2021.

It is all too close for comfort for Roxie, whose family had gathered to celebrate Christmas and hoped for some quiet time.

They said they did not hear much.

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“We just heard something like a drill. Like someone was drilling,” Roxie said.

Most of her friends and family were in the basement and thought they heard her two young boys — the eldest is four — dragging something upstairs.

“I thought it was the kids playing over my head because I was in the basement.”

Just after 8 p.m. they first noticed a commotion and police presence outside after her four-year-old told her to look through the window because he could see the flashing police lights.

The killing makes 2021 the fourth-deadliest year on record for homicides in Toronto;  surpassed only by 2018 with 97, 1991 with 89, and 2007 with 86.

Roxie said it is too soon for her to move once again.

But it is definitely on her mind.

“I moved here in June and this happens.  My kids are small.  My four-year-old was telling me that he feels scared around here,” she said, worried about her boys.

“But what can I do? I don’t want to move so fast again because it is hard.”

Homicide is investigating and anyone with information is asked to contact police or reach out anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.

slaurie@postmedia.com

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