A Mother's Plea For Justice

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 1:59 p.m. October 30, 2018
Updated: 2:01 p.m. October 30, 2018

Standing behind firearms alleged to have been used in a robbery that led to her son's murder, a grieving mother appealed for the public’s help in identifying two suspects.

A close up of a woman
Sandra Cooke made a plea for justice for her son, Dwayne McMillan, a father of four who was shot and killed

On October 2 at around 9.35 p.m., police responded to a radio call for a shooting at an industrial plaza in the  Keele St. and Steeles Ave. W. area where they located a man suffering from a fatal gunshot wound.

Dwayne McMillan, 44, of Toronto, was shot as he tried to stop a robbery at the illegal cannabis dispensary where he worked as a security guard.

As part of the investigation, security video from the plaza at 4801 Keele St. was reviewed and the images of four suspects were obtained.

On October 25, two suspects were arrested. One of them is a 16-year-old young offender while the other is 19-year-old Jahnoye Carpenter, of Toronto. They were each charged with second-degree murder and arson.

The getaway car was found torched 24 hours later in the  Jane St. & Sheppard Ave. W. area.

On the same day that police made the arrests, search warrants were executed and two weapons were seized and displayed at the news conference October 30.

McMillan’s mother Sandra Cooke said she and her family deserves justice for the murder of her son, a father of four.

“I think that anyone who can take someone’s life without any regard will not be that kind of person who would take ownership for their actions and be held accountable for something so senseless,” she said. “As a human, to whoever killed my son, I am appealing to you and your conscience. My family has been shattered. There is nothing that can fill the hole that my son’s death has created. I want someone to look at my family and say they are sorry for their actions. If anyone knows anything, please come forward and give us some closure.”

Security footage of the robbery at the illegal cannabis dispensary that left Dwyane McMIllan dead. Investigators want to identify the men carrying out the robbery who are not blurred

Cooke acknowledged that she was worried about the job he was doing.

“I spoke to him many times and he told me it’s a job like any job,” she said. “He was planning to give it up and return to school.”

The mother also expressed sympathy for the perpetrators, saying that anyone who can take a gun, shoot some and leave them to die isn’t human.

“I am praying mom, I believe in God and justice will be done,” she added.

Detective Paul Worden hopes the release of the video will lead to the arrest of the two outstanding suspects.

“As you can imagine, anyone who can callously shoot an individual and leave him to die are a danger to society,” he said, behind a table with firearms allegedly seized from two arrests. “We would like to get these suspects off the street.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at (416) 808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online (222tips.com), 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.

Detective Paul Worden and Sandra Cooke speak at a news conference into the murder of Dwayne McMillan
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