Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Second Murder In 10 Days Has Residents Demanding Action

Demanding Action

Second Murder In 10 Days Has Residents Demanding Action
Monday May 5, 2008
CityNews.ca Staff

Residents of an east-end high-rise are living in fear after the second murder in their building in less than two weeks.

Police say the latest victim, 16-year-old Mahamed Adbi Warsame, was found dead in a pool of blood after absorbing a horrific beating in the 9th floor stairwell at 25 Cougar Crt.

Less than two weeks before his murder, 22-year-old Ricardo Erik Kelly was found stabbed to death in front of his apartment door in the same Markham and Eglinton high-rise.

With two brutal murders in such a short span, many are considering moving out.

"As a new mother to be, it's concerning," admits one resident. "You bring an infant home here and you have to wonder how safe she's going to be."

"It's really depressing what happened," adds Scotley Johnson. "It's really affecting the whole building, this has happened twice in less than two weeks, so it's kind of scary for the building."

Building management insists they're looking into beefing up security, but ACORN, the community group organizing the tenants, say that should have been done a long time ago.

"My question to management is how many people have to be murdered before something actually changes?" asked ACORN's Tatiana Jaunzems.

Residents say they came close to having three murders at the building this year after another man was found bleeding in a stairwell from a multiple stab wounds. Luckily, he survived.

Second murder in 10 days has residents demanding action

Sat, April 26, 2008
Murder building tenants 'fed up'

Some residents of a troubled apartment building in Scarborough where the city's latest murder victim was slain may regard "snitching" as a bad thing, but it seems others refuse to keep living in fear.

A group called the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now says its members who live at 25 Cougar Court -- the murder scene, and at 15 Cougar Court and 3400 Eglinton Ave. E., plan to deliver a list of demands to their property managers on Monday that includes improved security, maintenance and pest control, among other things.


"Our members who live in these buildings are fed up and frustrated," Tatiana Jaunzems, community organizer for ACORN, said yesterday.

Residents feel the companies that manage their building don't care about their safety, she said.

The tenants are hoping to have more surveillance cameras installed and they would like to see something done to deter the drug dealers and users from loitering in their stairwells and lobbies, Jaunzems said.

People are also angry that it takes so long to get work done when they have a problem in their unit.

"The situation here is ridiculous," ACORN member Robert Strutt said. "I think it's time the Province of Ontario gets involved with cleaning up these buildings."


Meanwhile, an autopsy confirmed yesterday that the city's latest murder victim was stabbed to death.

Ricardo Erik Kelly suffered fatal stab wounds during a fight just after midnight in the hallway outside his 20th-floor apartment in the Markham Rd. and Eglinton Ave. E. area.

Detectives are examining two knives found at the rear of the highrise for fingerprints and DNA.