Emotional Appeal For Help Solving Homicide

By Kevin Masterman, Toronto Police Service Published: 1 p.m. October 15, 2014
Updated: 3:44 p.m. October 15, 2014

Lana Loncar made an emotional appeal to the public to come forward with any information that may help find those responsible for her sister’s death as Homicide investigators revealed new evidence at a media conference.

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Lana Loncar makes an appeal for information in the shooting death of her sister, Jelena

Jelena Loncar, 32, was shot just after 3 a.m. on August 26 near  Wellington Street and Spadina Avenue. The 32-year-old had just left work and was in the area to attend a birthday party. She was standing on the street talking with some friends when she was shot.

Police believe another man who was also shot and injured at the time was the intended target.

“She was not only my sister, but also my best friend,” said Loncar, through tears at the Oct. 15 media conference at police headquarters. She wore a necklace with her sister’s name on it in memory. 

“From the moment she woke up she had a smile from one side to the other, she greeted everyone with a massive hug,” she said, before being overcome with emotion.

Three suspect vehicles have been identified by police, which can be seen on video footage near King St. W. and Portland approaching the scene of the shooting at 3:07 a.m. and then leaving at 3:14 a.m.

Suspect vehicles seen at the time of the shooting and allegedly at another shooting earlier that night

Detective Sergeant Debbie Harris believes the same vehicles fled the scene of a separate incident where shots were fired at 689 The Queensway, which occurred just 25 minutes earlier. 

“Forensic evidence links the Queensway shooting and the murder of Jelena,” said Harris. 

According to Harris, a group of eight to 10 men got out of the vehicles and approached the crowd where Jelena, her friends and others were standing. 

“Shortly after approaching them gunfire was heard and Jelena was shot,” said Harris. 

Police have also identified a person of interest, described as male, black, thin and about 5’10 to 6 feet tall with short hair, possibly in cornrows. He is described as wearing a gold grill, either on his top and bottom teeth or just his bottom teeth. He was one of the occupants of the vehicles.

“I would implore to the public, to rent-a-car agencies and to witnesses not only on Wellington Street but also witnesses from 689 The Queensway to come forward, they may not have realized that the shots fired… inevitably ended up being the same persons who have now taken the life of Jelena Loncar,” said Harris.

Homicide #27/2014 Media Conference with Detective Sergeant Debbie Harris and Lana Loncar

Vehicle descriptions:

Suspect Vehicle #1: White Chrysler 300 base model, no sun roof, standard rims, no front licence place or plate holder with a small black antenna.

Suspect Vehicle #2:Dark coloured four-door car, no sunroof, standard rims, spoiler lip and front and rear plates.

Suspect Vehicle #3:Dark coloured four-door car, tinted front and rear windows, standard rims and front and rear plates

Anyone with information can call homicide at 416-808-7400, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at  222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave a Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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Shooting victim Jelena Loncar, 32.
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