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  1. #1
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    Oct 2009

    Canada - Donald Beckles, 46, deaf, Toronto, 30 March 2015

    "Donald Beckles’ Rexdale neighbours are afraid to go outside. His mother is helpless without the son who did everything she needed. And the police are begging witnesses to his murder to come forward.

    “Make no mistake, Donald Beckles was an innocent man,” Det. Murray Barnes said at a news conference on Friday.

    Beckles, 46, was shot only because he was the first person the killers saw, Barnes said.

    A father to two teenagers, a window to the outside world for his hearing-impaired wife, and a life support for his mother, by all accounts he was a model citizen.

    He had no gang affiliations or history with the police."


  2. #2
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    Oct 2009

    "Published on Apr 10, 2015

    On Monday, March 30, 2015, at 11:06 p.m., officers responded to a call for a shooting at 163 Jamestown Crescent.

    Officers arrived to find a man suffering from apparent multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he was pronounced.

    He has been identified as Donald Beckles, 46.

    On Friday, April 10, 2015, at 11 a.m., Homicide Detective Murray Barnes updated the media on the investigation into Homicide #11/2015, Donald Beckles, 46.

    Security camera images and a video are now released.

    Homicide detectives are asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything to contact police".


    "The video, which was filmed at around 11 p.m. on March 30, shows the suspects just before, and immediately after, Beckles was killed.

    In the 40-second clip, a dark-coloured car is seen pulling up near Beckles’ townhouse on Jamestown Cres. and two suspects are shown getting out of the backseat.

    Det. Murray Barnes said in press conference Friday that the suspects then approached and killed Beckles, though this moment is not visible in the video.

    As the shooting is allegedly taking place, the car drives some meters up the block and the two suspects are seen running toward it.

    Barnes said Beckles, who was hearing impaired, likely did not hear or see his killers coming and he didn’t have a chance to run."
    Last edited by dotr; 04-10-2015 at 04:39 PM.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2014
    It looks like the perp(s) shot Donald Beckles execution style for no reason. Does LE think this is a gang-initiation? If so, may be perp(s) are teenagers.

    And the video shows the car, so there must be individuals who recognize it/perps. People need to start talking to LE if they know something. This is tragic. Jmo/

  4. #4
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    Oct 2009

    "I know there are people in this community who know exactly who these two suspects are," he said. "The killers of Donald Beckles do not deserve the protection of community silence."

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com.

  5. #5
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    Oct 2009

    "A Toronto murder victim will be remembered Saturday night at a vigil held outside the home police say he was “executed” at on March 31.

    Investigators say Donald Beckles, 46, was an innocent man and was shot because he was the first person his killers saw.

    The vigil is being held outside Beckles’ Jamestown Crescent home starting at 7 p.m."

    "Community activist Patricia Crooks says they are inviting the whole community as they stand up for their rights, and they have a message for Beckles’ killers.

    “We will weed out and we will catch you … so you cannot hide,” Crooks said. “The best thing for you to do right now is come forward.

    “So I’m asking everyone in the community to come forward and celebrate … the life of Donald Beckles.”

  6. #6
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    Apr 2013
    July 2016:


    Nine days later, and even closer to home, 46-year-old stay-at-home-dad Donald Beckles was shot multiple times while smoking on the porch of his Jamestown Cres. home; Lecent was good friends with his daughter. Beckles’ murder remains unsolved.

    Jasquith knew both Trevor and the Beckles family; she also knows relatives of Candice Rochelle Bobb, the pregnant woman shot dead while sitting in a car on Jamestown Cres. in May...

    But despite the public outcry for a crackdown on gun violence following Lecent’s death — and Trevor’s, and Beckles’ — shootings are still a problem in Toronto, particularly in the northwest area, said Ron Taverner, the superintendent for Toronto police’s 23 Div. in northern Etobicoke that includes Rexdale.

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