A mother has appealed for information into the deaths of her daughter and the grandson she never got to know.
Police are offering a reward of up to $50,000 for the arrest and conviction for the May 15, 2016 shooting murder of Candice Rochelle Bobb, 33, and her five-month-old son, Kyrie, who died in hospital after being born by emergency caesarian section.
At a news conference at headquarters on May 17, Jackie Weir thanked Homicide investigators for working tirelessly to solve the case and the media for keeping the story in the spotlight.
“It has been a very difficult year for us,” she said, alongside Bobb’s sister, Rose Spence. “My daughter’s and my grandson’s deaths have left a void in our lives. Rochelle was the life of the family and she kept us all together. She had a great sense of humour. We miss her laughter, we miss her smile and we miss her beautiful, beautiful hazel eyes. She left behind two boys and they miss their mom every single day.”
Weir joined investigators in appealing to members of the community for any information that may lead to an arrest.
“We know someone in the neighbourhood knows something and we are asking each and everyone to just search your heart,” said Weir. “She could have been your sister, your daughter or your friend. We need some answers.”
She’s is also calling on anyone responsible to turn themselves in to police.
“It has been a year and you are out there enjoying life and we have been handed a life sentence,” she said. “We are still trying to come to grips with what happened and how you could have done something so senselessly. You don’t deserve to have that freedom. We haven’t been free for over a year. We are asking you to get your lawyer and turn yourself in.”
Homicide Detective Sergeant Mike Carbone said they have no reason to believe Bobb was the target of the shooting, but the vehicle she was in could have been targeted because of its movements.
Bobb and two individuals travelled in a vehicle to the Jamestown Cres. & John Garland Blvd. area, where they picked up another person. The four then attended a basketball game in the city’s east end, where one of the individuals was a participant.
At the end of the game, they drove back to the Jamestown Cres. & John Garland Blvd. area to drop off one of the occupants. While the vehicle was stopped, shots were fired at the vehicle. Bobb was in the back seat.
None of the occupants exited the vehicle and the driver sped away to a hospital where attempts by medical staff to revive the mother were unsuccessful. Baby Kyrie died on June 5.
Carbone said rewards help investigators.
“It helps us get the message out there,” he said. “We need people to come forward and provide information with respect to the offenders in this case.”
Members of 23 Division are canvassing the area, today, where the shooting took place a year ago.
“Anyone with information is asked to approach the officers,” said Carbone.
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.