Toronto Police Are Warning Residents Of "Evil" Killers Who Could Be "Hunting" Victims
Police are seeking the public's help to identify the suspects.
Toronto police are now seeking the public’s help in uncovering the identity of two suspects involved in a Toronto murder that is now being described as an “opportunistic killing.” The fatal shooting, which killed a 22-year-old OCAD student, took place in a parking lot of a north-end residential complex last week.
Detective Terry Browne told Global News that the victim, Jeremy Vincent Urbina, was seen on security video taking out the trash on December 11, 2019.
A suspect then walked up behind him and opened fire. The killing is thought to have been calculated, with police even suggesting that Urbina was possibly being “hunted.”
“These two individuals — whoever they are — were there possibly for a particular individual, or even more disturbing, they could have been in that area looking for anyone who happened to be there,” a visibly distraught Browne explained at a press conference on Thursday.
“This was nothing short of being callous, cowardly and evil incarnate, I’ve never seen someone actually appear to hunt down another human being. That’s exactly what it looks like in my eyes,” he added, according to 680 News.
Upon arrival, officers located Urbina on the ground with apparent gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
A GoFundMe has since been set up by the victim’s family and it has raised over $24,000 of its initial $15,000 goal.
“Jeremy was a 22-year-old OCAD U Student who did nothing but care for others. There are many people who knew Jeremy well, but for those who didn’t, he was a loving son, brother, and friend who was a committed, loyal and hardworking young man that had a unique way to put a smile on everyone’s face," a statement on the GoFundMe page reads.
"He would have been 23 in January, but his life was taken away,” it continued.
Investigators are currently seeking witnesses, and anyone who was operating a motor vehicle equipped with a dashcam in the area is being asked to reach out to police.
The suspects were last seen running from the scene westbound near Finch Avenue and Leslie Street.
However, this isn't the first homicide to happen this year. In fact, Global News reported that this was Toronto’s 67th homicide of the year.