Etobicoke community group calls for more support to combat gun violence

Police have yet to identify any suspects in connection to the case and the investigation is ongoing.

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“I will also say that in discussions I’ve had with the police service, including the chief, there has been a reallocation of police resources to the northwest part of the city,” he said.Farhia Warsame, the executive director of the Somali Women and Children’s Support Network, said the community needs more support from police and additional help from the provincial government to “stop the circle” of gun violence.

'The youth don't have hope': Dixon Road community demands more help to end gun violence

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Four days later, a 16-year-old boy died of his injuries in hospital following a triple shooting in the parking lot of Kingsview Village School on Dixon Road and Islington Avenue.

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Warsame said after-school resources are thin and marginalized youth who have nowhere to go are often tempted to join the wrong crowd.“I will say that in discussions that I’ve had with the police service and with the chief, there has been a reallocation of some police resources to the northwest part of the city,” Tory said.

Abdulkadir Bihi, 29, of Toronto was fatally shot last Thursday afternoon when police located him in a vehicle in front of an apartment building on Dixon Road.Warsame, whose son was shot and killed in 2015, said the community has been “emotional” since the loss of 16-year-old Ali.

She called on Michael Coteau, Ontario’s minister of Children and Youth Services, to come to the neighbourhood to see how few programs are available and to witness how the violence is impacting the community.

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Aya Nomar calls for justice following two fatal shootings in the Dixon Road and Islington Avenue area within a week. (Martin Trainor/CBC News)Abukar said she has come very close to being caught up in the violence. 

Police investigate stickers depicting Prophet Muhammad in Toronto apartment buildingAt a rally in Etobicoke on Thursday morning, Farhia Warsame, the director of the Somali Women and Children Support Network, said the community is frustrated that services are only offered to members of the neighbourhood when there is an immediate crisis and said more programs are needed to help prevent gun violence.

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