In a news release this morning, police confirmed the city's 16th murder of 2019. 32-year-old Nashwan Yonan officially died yesterday, March 21, in hospital two weeks after he was attacked at a gas station in Toronto. The shooting happened near Eglinton and Avenue.
Police report that on March 8 around midnight, Yonan was in his car at the Petro-Canada at the corner of Avenue Rd and Eglinton when he was approached by an unknown male with a gun. The man fired multiple rounds into the vehicle, shooting Yonan who was transported to the hospital. He remained there until he succumbed to his injuries on Thursday, March 21, almost two weeks after the shooting.
Police are still investigating the case, which has now become a murder investigation. They are asking anyone with information to call them at 416-808-7400 or to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
While not much is know about the case yet, one thing is for sure. Yonan's death officially marked the shooting as the city's 16th homicide of the year. Out of those 16 murders, it was also the 10th fatal shooting of 2019. Unfortunately, this means that Toronto is on pace to match or beat last year's homicide record of 96 murders.
This time last year, there had been 14 homicides in the city of Toronto, many of which were shootings. While tragic, that victim count is two people lower than the count so far for 2019.
In fact, this year Toronto reached 14 homicides on March 19, when 79-year-old Helen Fronczak was tragically found dead in her apartment. Police have since ruled that homicide a domestic incident and charged her husband, 80-year-old Larry Fronczak with second-degree murder.
However, making up last years tragic, record-breaking homicide count were also two brazen attacks that took place in the city. The first was the van attack which took place on April 22, when the attacker drove down a sidewalk near Yonge and Shepherd. That case accounted for 10 of Toronto's 96 homicides last year and is now before the courts.
Then, exactly three months later on July 22, a lone gunman shot at people on Toronto's Danforth Avenue. He shot 15 people, two of whom died, before shooting himself.
While Toronto is currently on pace to match or surpass last year's homicide count, we can only hope that this year we don't even come close.