Police have released images of two suspects wanted in the fatal shooting of a second-year Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) student.
On Wednesday, December 11 at approximately 8.08 p.m., Toronto Police Communications received 9-1-1 calls for the sounds of gunshots at the Sparroways residential complex in the Leslie St. and Finch Ave. E. area.
Jeremy Urbina, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Integrated Media program student lived at his home with his family and had no history with police.
Investigators have interviewed a number of people and seized security video from a variety of locations, including the residential complex where the deceased lived.
“What we have learned is that at approximately 8.01 p.m., the suspects are captured entering the residential complex on foot and they casually walk around the Sparroways for approximately six minutes,” said Homicide Det. Sgt. Terry Browne, at a news conference at police headquarters on December 19. “At approximately 8.07 p.m., Mr. Urbina is captured exiting his residence and disposing garbage in a nearby exterior bin. One of the suspects immediately approaches Mr. Urbina from behind and commences to point and discharge a firearm directly at Mr. Urbina who would not have been aware of the shooters.”
There was no interaction with the deceased and the shooter before the shooting commences.
Browne said investigators believe that the shooter(s) attended the area to shoot whoever they would have encountered and Mr. Urbina was shot merely based on his presence in the building.
In his 16 years in Homicide, Browne said this is one of the most callous killings he has ever witnessed, describing it as “evil incarnate.”
The victim was shot double-digit times.
“The fact that they were scouting around that neighbourhood for up to six minutes for unknown reasons is most disturbing,” he said. “The fact that they are still out there is very, very concerning and we obviously take it very seriously. We want the community to take it very seriously. This was an opportunistic killing with a human being hunting down another human being.”
Investigators believe that the parent, sibling, relative and close acquaintance will be able to identify one and presumably both suspects through their association.
“There is only one shooter in this incident, but there are two people present and we will consider both as being parties to this event until we learn otherwise,” said Browne. “Anyone that may have been involved in transporting either of these two to or from the scene will also be considered a party to this offence. If anyone chooses to aid, assist or hide either of these two individuals, they will face the potential of being charged with Accessory After the Fact of Murder.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, at Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 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.