Car Key to Homicide Investigation

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 1:49 p.m. April 21, 2016
Updated: 1:53 p.m. April 21, 2016

Homicide investigators have released security camera footage of a small white car, in the hope that members of the public will assist them with the investigation into the murder of 20-year-old Abdullah Farah.

Collage of three images depicting a white vehicle viewed from the side on a city street at night
Suspect vehicle involved in the homicide

The young man was fatally shot on April 17, on Danforth Ave. near Coxwell Ave., after being turned away from Cloud 9 café which is a hookah lounge.

At a press conference at police headquarters on April 21, Detective Leslie Dunkley said Farah arrived at the café, at 1530 Danforth Ave., around 1.26 a.m. with two other men.

“He was refused entry and he left,” he said.

“Shortly after, Mr. Farah turned to walk away to go south and across the Danforth. Our suspect vehicle approached, travelling eastbound. Multiple shots were fired from the vehicle and Mr. Farah was struck. This vehicle fled the scene at a high rate of speed and proceeded northbound on Coxwell, running a red light.

“…We are appealing to members of the public, who were in the area, to come forward. There were a number of vehicles travelling westbound and eastbound on the Danforth, and we are hoping some of those vehicles may have had a dash cam that can assist us with our investigation. We have done extensive canvassing in the area for surveillance video from residential premises and members of the community have been extremely co-operative, so far. We, however, know there are still a number of people out there who know what happened or who can identify this vehicle.”

CCTV Video of Suspect Vehicle in Homicide #26/2016, Abdullah Farah | @TorontoPolice

Dunkley is still trying to identify the two people the deceased arrived at the café with, and a man he spoke to on the café’s sidewalk.

Ifrah Farah, a sister of the deceased, spoke on behalf of her family at the press conference.

“To see that our brother was loved by so many has been one of the few sources of comfort that our family has had during this rough time,” she said.

“Abdullah was very caring and full of life. To know him was to love him and those who knew him are better people for having met him. He was huge basketball fan and proud mama’s boy and he never left the home without giving one of us a hug…His death is beyond heartbreaking. It’s something that no family should have to go through.”

Farah said her brother was not known to police and was not a gang member.

“He didn’t deserve to have his life taken so abruptly,” she added.

“Our brother was killed by a bullet and we don’t want his character assassinated as well. We are urging anyone with information to step forward and assist the police in this investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers 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.

@TorontoPolice Update Re: Homicide #26/2016, Abdullah Farah | Det. Leslie Dunkley
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