Witnesses Sought to Fatal Daylight Shooting

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 2:55 p.m. July 26, 2018
Updated: 10:11 a.m. July 27, 2018

Homicide investigators are seeking witnesses after a 24-year-old man was fatally gunned down in the city’s west end on July 25.

A car through a fence on a lawn
The car of Kevin Boayke that careened off the road after he was shot

After 11 a.m., police were called and found a lone occupant of a Dodge Journey that had driven through a metal chain link fence and the vehicle was mounted on the front lawn of a private residence at the northeast corner of Islington Ave. and Milady Rd.

The deceased has been identified as Kevin Boakye, 24, of Toronto.

“It was quickly determined that the deceased had been shot,” said D/Sgt. Gary Giroux, at a press conference at police headquarters on July 26. “He died on the scene within a few minutes.”

Giroux said the deceased had been stopped at a red traffic light, minutes earlier, at Islington Ave. and Duncanwood Dr., and was targeted.

“He was waiting to make a left turn to proceed southbound on Islington Ave.,” said Giroux. “Directly behind the deceased was another vehicle driven by a private citizen and a witness to the shooting. As the deceased was waiting for the light to turn green, the suspect auto drove west along Duncanwood Dr. and pulled up behind the deceased vehicle on the passenger’s side and fired numerous shots into the vehicle.”

Giroux said the deceased accelerated through the red traffic light, proceeding southbound on Islington Ave.

“He began to lose consciousness as he drove as a result of being shot,” Giroux pointed out. “He drove for 300 feet on the boulevard on the west sidewalk of Islington Ave., knocking down and uprooting trees and metal street signs. At this point, his vehicle re-entered the roadway and drove diagonally southeast across all lanes on Islington Ave.”

A close up of a man
Kevin Boayke, 24, was shot while driving his car on Islington Ave. after 11 a.m. on July 25

Both air bags were deployed when the vehicle crashed.

The suspect vehicle is a newer-model silver or grey Hyundai Elantra.

“The suspect vehicle turned right and was last seen travelling northbound on Islington at a high rate of Speed,” Giroux added. “The shooter would have been the driver.”

Giroux is calling on witnesses, especially the citizen who was parked behind the deceased vehicle at the time of the shooting, to contact police.

“I am certain that what this private citizen saw was frightening but, to solve this murder, this individual is an important piece in the investigation,” said Giroux. “I’m sure it’s frightening to have witnessed this event. But they can give us a better investigative narrative of what happened.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Homicide at 416-808-7400, or give a tip to Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at  222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux updates the media on the shooting murder of Kevin Boakye, 24
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