TORONTO, Ont. – A memorial has been created and a vigil was held to remember the two victims of a mass shooting on Danzig Street in Scarborough.
Flowers lay on the ground near where the shooting took place and a sign that reads “Forever in our Heart” has been taped to the side of a bus stop shelter.
Friends of 14-year-old murder victim Shyanne Charles gathered at the memorial before heading to the candlelight vigil on Kingston Road and Galloway Road.
Shyanne’s grandfather Tyrone attended the vigil and told 680News that although he was comforted by the crowds, he still wants the people responsible arrested.
“That’s the most I could do for my family right now, be strong for them. But again I say, don’t let the death go in vane. Somebody knows something,” said Tyrone.
He said his granddaughter was a light.
“(She was) an angel, that’s what she was to me. She was a light and when she was around everyone was happy.”
Shyanne’s mother also attended the vigil along with many of the girl’s friends.
A number of MP’s, MPP’s, city councillors, community activists and faith leaders are all united in wanting Toronto’s streets to be safe.
Senator Reverend Don Meredith, who used to live in the area, said he wants people in the community to rise up.
“It is important that we find the source of these weapons and get them off our streets,” said Rev. Meredith. “If you know anyone who has a weapon, I encourage all of you to call crime stoppers anonymously.”
At the memorial, one woman told 680News her daughter was friends with Shyanne and she said she had a bad feeling when she heard the news of the shooting.
“I looked at my daughter and I said I have a feeling it was one of your friend and this morning she got up and it was posted all over Facebook that it was her friend Shyanne. She was really heart broken and I don’t know what to say. I’m just upset and shocked,” she said.
Area residents say a shooting like this, in an area where so many families live, is frustrating, sad and it has to stop.
“It’s like war. What else can you say? It’s just war and it’s amazing that it’s happening here,” one resident told 680News
People say they cannot believe a child is among the victims of the shooting.
“It’s shock. And especially with a 14-year-old being killed. I have two kids myself and it’s just devastating,” said one woman.
23-year-old Joshua Yasay, of Ajax was also killed in the shooting. 23 others were wounded.