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Man shot dead in random attack in northwest Toronto remembered as quiet family man

TORONTO — A man who was gunned down in what police have called an indiscriminate attack in northwest Toronto was remembered today as a quiet and respectful man who was working hard to support his family in Ghana.

A vigil was held this afternoon for Adu Boakye, 40, one of two people shot near the intersection of Jane Street and Driftwood Avenue in less than a day last week.

The other victim, a 16-year-old who was waiting for the bus to go to a volleyball game, was critically injured but survived.

Richardson Adorsu, one of Boakye's friends, described him as a family man who loved children and could always be counted on for good advice.

Orwell Coffie, who grew close with Boakye while working together, said his friend would often video call his wife during their breaks.

Police have said the attacks were carried out randomly by the same suspect or suspects. They said they victims didn't know each other or the suspect, nor were they involved in gang activity or anything similar.

The first attack took place around 6 p.m. on Feb. 16 and left the teen victim with potentially "life-altering" injuries, police said.

Boakye was shot the following afternoon. Investigators have said he was shot three times – twice in the stomach – and later died in hospital.

No arrests have been made but police have released a photo of a suspect and said they found a stolen black Acura linked to the attacks in Hamilton.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2024.

The Canadian Press