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Police: 2 innocents killed in Toronto

July 18, 2012 at 1:04 AM   |   Comments

TORONTO, July 18 (UPI) -- Gunfire at a community barbecue in Toronto killed a 14-year-old girl and a young man who worked with troubled teens, police said Tuesday.

Investigators say Shyanne Charles and Joshua Yasay, 23, were innocent victims of what appears to have been a gang shootout that also wounded 23 people, the Toronto Star reported.

Shyanne's grandfather, who joined a community vigil Tuesday night, urged witnesses to speak out and young people to give up guns.

"This child should be an eye-opener, a wake-up for the whole community," Tyrone Charles said.

Yasay, an Ajax resident who graduated from York University last year with a degree in criminal justice, had opened a barbershop, Goodfellas, with a friend while also working as a security guard. He also volunteered in a basketball program for at-risk youth and hoped to be a police officer.

Shannon Longshaw, a party organizer, was there right after Yasay was hit: "We just saw blood. He just said, 'Don't let me die. Save me.'"

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