The 17-year-old young man who lost his life after a shooting in the early morning Thursday, in Montreal West, is the sixth teenager victim of a murder in the metropolis in 18 months.
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"We came a long way never thinking that something like this would happen to our children in a country like Canada," said Josian Cadine, who immigrated from Mauritius five years ago. .
Her son Jeremy was sitting on the passenger bench of a car, which was riddled with bullets by armed suspects, on Ronald Drive. One individual managed to escape uninjured.
The 18-year-old driver, Allan Andrew Anaba, died instantly. He has no criminal record, according to our information.
But initially, investigators believed it was another young man from Gatineau. They even sent police to ring his doorbell to break the news to his relatives, but quickly realized they had the wrong victim. The error could be explained by the fact that the Gatineau resident in question had his identity stolen a few weeks ago.
hit in the eye
Josian Cadine rushed to the bedside of his son Jeremy at the hospital on Thursday morning thinking of a simple car accident.
He instead found his child hit by a projectile in the eye, he told the Journal, still shaken by these images. He succumbed to his injuries a few hours later.
This is the sixth teenager murdered on the streets of Montreal in 18 months. In 2021, three young people were killed, two of them by firearms. It's as much as this year, which is far from over.
Mr Cadine described Jeremy as a "good boy" with no history.
“He had a positive energy. He was always happy,” he recalled. Like many teenagers his age, he loved soccer and singing.
He doesn't know if his son was dating questionably or who he was with that night.
"Never mind, he didn't deserve to die like this," he blurted out.
The life ahead of him
The victim's sister-in-law, Jessica Marin, can no longer stand the episodes of gun violence that are claiming ever younger victims in Montreal.
“Killing to kill must stop. People doing this must think it could be their loved ones. They could be in our place, ”she hammered.
“Jeremy was just beginning to live. We wake up with this bad news and we just don't understand why it happened, ”added another close friend of the teenager, Alexandra Marin.
Montreal police had arrested two people in the case, but they have been released, spokeswoman Véronique Comtois said today. The investigation is still ongoing.
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