Man Charged in Surage Murder

By Homicide,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 1:53 p.m. June 30, 2015

A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a father of five.

Five grainy images of people and one image of a vehicle. Descriptions accompany the images: Suspect, Male, 20s, non-white, light complexion, 5'10", medium build, dark hooded jacket, appears light in this photo. Persons of Interest #1 Female, black #2 Male, black. Person of Interest #3 Male, black. Suspect Vehicle Dark four door sedan, damage to front bumper on driver's side.
Investigators want to identify a suspect and three persons of interest seen on security video near the scene of the homicide
  • Five grainy images of people and one image of a vehicle. Descriptions accompany the images: Suspect, Male, 20s, non-white, light complexion, 5'10", medium build, dark hooded jacket, appears light in this photo. Persons of Interest #1 Female, black #2 Male, black. Person of Interest #3 Male, black. Suspect Vehicle Dark four door sedan, damage to front bumper on driver's side.
  • A close up of a man

Detective Sergeant Graham Gibson said Andrew Surage was killed after he came to his friend's aid while leaving an illegal after-hours party at the Captain Social Club, 325 Weston Road, on October 5 at 5:45 a.m.

A man approached one of Surage's friends, speaking briefly, then ripping a chain from the man's neck and assaulting him. 

Gibson said Surage made a demand for the chain to be returned, before the suspect was alleged to have walked to a vehicle to retrieve a gun and shot Surage once.

“I don't think anybody deserves to lose their life, let alone over the theft of a chain,” said Gibson.

Surage, a married father of five, was catching up with old friends that night when they decided to extend their evening and attend the club, Gibson said, noting they left because they didn't like the atmosphere in the club.

Clifton Vassel, 28, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with First-Degree Murder while in custody on another matter at the Toronto South Detention Centre.

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