Living With Loss, Family Asks For Help

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 12:01 p.m. July 22, 2016
Updated: 3:23 p.m. July 22, 2016

Condemned to live with the horror of losing their loved one to senseless violence, the family of a young woman murdered in the city, nearly a year ago, is appealing for the public’s assistance to solve the crime.

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Aluen Navarro-Fenoy, speaks about her sister, Ariela (on TV screen), an innocent victim who lost her life as shots were fired outside the Dufferin Gates on August 4, 2015

Ariela Navarro-Fenoy, 26, and 23-year-old Duvel Hibbert, were fatally shot on August 4, 2015. They were among a large crowd of people in the Muzik club and adjoining area.

At approximately 3:25 a.m., as the club was shutting down, multiple gunshots were fired inside and outside the club. Officers discovered a man inside the club and a woman, just north of the Dufferin Gates, who died of apparent gunshot injuries. 

“Come forward and tell the police what you might have seen or heard,” said Aluen Navarro-Fenoy – Ariela’s sister – at a news conference at police headquarters on July 22. “We need any information you may think of. Any information is good information.”

Navarro-Fenoy said her family is still grieving.

“Losing someone you love to a senseless act of violence and murder is a horrifying nightmare, one that me and my family have had to painfully endure in the past year,” she said, fighting back tears while in the embrace of her father, Victor Navarro, who was also crying. “Tragically, we are condemned to live with this horror for the rest of our lives.”

Detective Omar Khan talks about the Muzik nightclub shooting followed by Aluen Navarro-Fenoy, alongside her father Victor Navarro, who speaks about the loss of her sister Ariela

Navarro-Fenoy said her sister was full of life and easily connected with people.

“Ariela was a light so bright even on the most gloomy of days,” said her sibling. “She was the first and last person I spoke to every day. She was my soulmate and best friend and a second mother to me.”

Sharing her sister’s love for the city, Navarro-Fenoy said Ariela took a lot of pride in living in such a beautiful place.

“In times like these, it makes us wonder if she still thinks that way,” she added.

Detective Omar Khan said the shooting was a reckless and brazen attack in a public place.

“We know most of the people in attendance and on the streets that night were just out for a good time,” he noted. “Unfortunately, what was an enjoyable night was destroyed by these shootings”

He joined the family in appealing for witnesses to speak to homicide investigators.


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Detective Omar Khan appeals for information into the shooting deaths of Duvel Hibbert and Ariela Navarro-Fenoy

“We have received a great deal of cooperation and assistance from witnesses at the scene and staff of the nightclub,” Khan said. “We continue to receive new information. I am here today to ask the public for more help. I know there are persons who have not yet come forward with information that they have. As we approach the one-year mark of this tragedy, I am hoping that witnesses who have had some time to reflect will tell us what they know.”

Khan said investigators are still looking to speak to two male Persons of Interest who were in the area of Muzik.

One is described as black, 25-26, 6’-6-1”, with a buzz cut and wearing a bright purple crew-neck sweater with a colorful design at the front and dark-blue jeans. The other is described as brown, 24-28, 5’10”-5’11”, wearing a yellow-and-burgundy plaid button-up shirt. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Homicide (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.

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