Toronto police have released a video appeal to witnesses to come forward in the shooting death in Jamestown Sunday night of Jarvis Montaque – the third 15-year-old to be gunned down in Toronto in the last month.
In the YouTube video posted on Family Day Monday, Det. Joyce Shertzer of the Toronto police Homicide Squad describes how Jarvis – “a good kid” who had never had any trouble with the police – was gunned down by an unknown assailant on a paved walkway outside his home at around 10:50 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17.
“Jarvis Montaque was out socializing with friends and family outside his home located at Jamestown Crescent in the Jamestown Crescent community. It was approximately ten before 11 p.m. when he was approached by a lone male...He shot Jarvis, Jarvis took off and collapsed a short distance away,” she said. “The suspect turned around and walked back in the same direction he came from.”
Shot at close range, the Father Henry Carr student later succumbed to his injuries to become the latest young victim in a spate of gun violence that has claimed three 15-year-old boys in Toronto in the last month.
Tyson Bailey, 15, was shot multiple times in the stairwell of a Regent Park highrise on Jan. 18 and 15-year-old St. Aubyn Rodney was shot inside his Jane Street and Finch Avenue West apartment on Feb. 11.
Describing the suspect in Jarvis’ shooting as simply “dressed all in black,” Shertzer said she is just one of a team of investigators looking into this latest teen homicide – and they’re hoping that more witnesses to the shooting will come forward.
“We’re hopeful because it was a long weekend and today is Family Day, that people may have been up later than they normally would have been – instead of retiring early to go to bed for school, that people may have been up and seen something that they can now report to police and assist us,” she said.
“Anyone who has any information, no matter how small you feel it may be, it might be an essential piece of the puzzle to us and help us advance our investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).