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.

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