$50K Reward to Find Killer

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 4:22 p.m. October 6, 2015

Homicide investigators believe $50,000 can help find the person who took the life of an 18-year-old.

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Yusuf Ali, was shot and killed last year. A $50,000 reward has been issued to find his killer.

A $50,000 reward has been issued for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the fatal mid-afternoon shooting of 18-year-old Yusuf Ali on October 6, 2014.

The teenager, shot several times while walking with friends in Regent Park, succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

At a news conference in 51 Division a year after the unsolved murder, Detective Sergeant Tam Bui said the investigative leads have dried up.

“We are still looking for several eyewitnesses who left the area and have refused to come forward to police,” said Bui.

He described one of the suspects police are looking for as a tall male, in his 20s, with light-brown skin.

“I believe him to be taller than six feet and I believe that he was dropped off on Parliament St. by a newer-model silver car by an unknown driver,” said Bui. “We are looking for any assistance that might help us in identifying the vehicle, the driver and the individual who shot and killed the victim. I would also be willing to speak to anyone anonymously.”

Bui said he doesn't have a motive for the shooting.

“The victim was followed several blocks through different laneways and was shot from behind by the gunman who was wearing a mask over his head and gloves,” he added.

Superintendent Liz Byrnes, 51 Division unit commander, also urged witnesses to talk to police.

“We know that there are people out there who have information that can help us solve this crime,” she said. “If we don’t get that information right away, when these incidents occur, we need to get it at some point because that is the only way we can solve these crimes.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at416-808-7400, Crimetoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at  222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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