Two charged in teen’s death

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 1:42 p.m. August 14, 2015

Two people have been charged in connection with the death of a 14-year-old girl in Rexdale just over a month ago.

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Charles Amos-Ross, the father of Lecent Amos-Ross

On July 9, Lecent Amos-Ross succumbed to her injuries after a shooting at a residence on Jamestown Crescent, near her home.

On August 13, police arrested and charged an 18-year-old man and a Young Person.

The Young Person faces 14 charges, including manslaughter, unauthorized possession of a firearm, obstructing police and three counts of failure to comply. The man faces 11 charges, including criminal negligence causing death, unauthorized possession of a firearm and public mischief.

They appeared in court on August 13. Their next court appearance is on August 19.

At a press conference on August 14, at 23 Division, Superintendent Ron Taverner said the gun was located at the scene of the shooting.

“That was very significant for us to get that gun,” he said.

“It’s an important piece of evidence that we have…We believe we have enough evidence to move forward with these charges. But let’s be honest. Without the illicit gun being there, we wouldn’t be standing here today. That’s the thing we want to drive to the community. We need to take the guns off the streets.”

Taverner said the potential is there for additional charges.

“But, for now, this is what we have,” he added.

Amos-Ross’ mother, father, uncle and the family lawyer attended the press conference.

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Alicia Jesquith, the mother of Lecent Amos-Ross

“I believe parents should be held accountable for their kids’ actions,” said Alicia Jesquith, the dead girl’s mother.

Please, please stop the gun violence … Please, look at your kids every day and tell them that you love them. And check in their bags and know who their friends are and who they’re hanging around with every day.

Charles Amos-Ross, the father of Lecent Amos-Ross, said he’s still trying to cope with his daughter’s loss.

“It’s hard to accept,” he pointed out.

“…She was supposed to start grade nine in September. She’s not going to get that opportunity. She had her whole future to look forward to.”

Amos-Ross graduated with honours from Greenholm Junior Middle School and was expected to attend high school in Mississauga.

“This is a very sad case, obviously,” Taverner noted.

“There are a lot of guns out on the streets. There are people who know where these guns are and we need to encourage people to come forward and stop the senseless violence. For every gun we can take off the street, we can potentially save a life. “

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