Mom Reaches Out For Answers

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 11:53 a.m. October 10, 2018

Surrounded by supporters, a grieving mother made a tearful plea for help that could lead to the arrest and conviction of her son’s killer.

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Novelette Phoenix makes a plea for answers as to who killed her son, Andre

On August 15, Andre Phoenix was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting at John Garland Plaza at Martingrove Rd. and John Garland Blvd. in Rexdale. He was 33.

At a news conference at police headquarters on October 10, Novelette Phoenix said her son called shortly after 11 p.m. to say he was shot.

“He told me where he was and we rushed to the location,” she said. “We weren’t able to see him. When we got to the hospital shortly thereafter, I got the worst news that anyone could have ever told me as a parent and that was my son and best friend is dead. I now have to spend the rest of my life living without my son.”

Phoenix said her son was hardworking and loved basketball.

“Anyone who knows my son will tell you he was a family man,” she said. “He also loved kids, but his pride and joy was his nearly two-year-old daughter that he left behind who will never know where her daddy is.”

Novelette Phoenix makes a plea for information that will lead to finding her son's killer

Devastated by the loss, Phoenix is appealing for anyone in the community with information on her son’s death to contact police.

“We are grieving every minute, every second, every day and there are no answers,” she said. “We need closure for my son. I am pleading, begging and asking the public to please, if there is anyone out there that saw something or knows something, call the police. I need justice for my son as he didn’t deserve what happened to him. We miss him, we love him and there is someone out there who is walking around enjoying their life.”

Detective Brandon Price said a suspect vehicle was located after an exhaustive video canvas was conducted after the shooting.

Investigators are looking for a white newer model Mazda 3.

“This vehicle was observed circling the lot which the victim was walking through,” said Price. “Following that, it flees to the west. We are seeking help in identifying the vehicle that’s believed to be directly involved in the homicide.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at (416) 808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online (, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or 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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