By Gerald V. Paul
As funeral arrangements are being finalized for Trevor Seraphine, 17, Toronto Police homicide detectives are appealing to the public for help in solving the murder.
His mother is expected to make the trip here from Saint Vincent for the funeral. Trevor is originally from Saint Lucia.
Police posted on Seraphine’s Facebook site: “Please share widely. Anyone with information on the murder of 17-year-old Trevor Seraphine is asked to contact Toronto Police Service Homicide Squad Det.-Sgt. Tam Bui or submit an anonymous tip to Toronto Crime Stoppers.”
Police have released images of two suspects. They are seeking tips about a brown male, wearing white track pants and a brown hooded sweatshirt and a Black male with a receding hairline and short cropped hair, wearing a white sweatshirt and light pants.
“My brother was visiting his former girlfriend around 2 a.m. on Saturday morning. When he left the building he was shot to death,” a grieving Faydera Seraphine told The Camera inside her apartment building, after a candlelight vigil for Seraphine last Monday in Etobicoke.
Police confirmed the Grade 12 student was found shortly after 2 a.m. with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at hospital.
Faydera fondly remembered the shy smile and the love he had for all his relatives, friends and the elderly, noting he was always willing to give a helping hand.
She said she came to Canada before he did and that when he came over he was an excellent student.
“He wanted to become an engineer. But that will never come to pass. Even his love for music, including his videos of himself rapping, they were so precious.”
Faydera said her mother took the death hard. When she heard of his death, she ran out of the house in Saint Lucia screaming. “She is in so much pain. All shae van ask is ‘Why?’”
Former Toronto mayoral candidate Dewitt Lee, a community member concerned with youth leadership and violence, said on Facebook, “My prayers and condolences for the family of Trevor Seraphine, a young man who was shot and killed. Times like this we have to work together as a community and commit ourselves to bring justice to this tragedy.
“We cannot allow our most invaluable resource, our youth to fall victim to violence and that goes for both the shooter and the one being shot.”