Toronto has recorded its fourth homicide of 2009 Ã¢â‚¬â€ and the victim refused to co-operate with police even as he lay dying.
Police found Kevin Boateng, 18, with a single stab wound to his stomach on Davenport Road at 11:04 p.m. on Friday. The location is just south of where St. Clair Avenue and Old Weston Road intersect. Sources told CTV News Toronto that Boateng was very well-known to police with respects to investigation of crimes involving drugs and gun violence.
By the time Emmanuel Boateng arrived at St. MichaelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Hospital early this morning, his only son, 18-year-old Kevin Boateng, had already succumbed to his injuries. Though Boateng was conscious and breathing as he was being transported to hospital, he was Ã¢â‚¬Å“unresponsiveÃ¢â‚¬Â as police tried to get information about the young manÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s killer.
His father described the Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School student as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“good kid,Ã¢â‚¬Â despite run-ins with the law that investigators say made the teen well known to police. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He was a lovely kid,Ã¢â‚¬Â BoatengÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s uncle Philip Sarkodie-Addo said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Regardless of the reckless behaviour, he was a helpful guy.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Police and forensic teams combing the scene where Boateng was found are still not sure where exactly the stabbing occurred and have no suspects. Paramedics took him to St. MichaelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hospital downtown, where he died. Sgt. Dan Boucher of the Toronto Police Service told reporters at the scene that Boateng was conscious and breathing at this time. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been able to ascertain a crime scene yet where the stabbing was done,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The only scene we have right now is where we located the victim.Ã¢â‚¬Â Forensics and homicide investigators have begun their work, he said. They sealed off the area and began the search for witnesses.
A companion of the homicide victim is being questioned, but he isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t considered a suspect. People in the neighbourhood say at night, the area becomes infested with drug dealers and their clients, making it a scary place. If there was a drug link in this killing, those interviewed by CTV Toronto say they wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be surprised. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Every night. Every night. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re all Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ hookers and drug dealers,Ã¢â‚¬Â Richard Cleveland said. Fellow resident Jeff Chevalier said he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if Friday nightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s killing was related to drugs, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but it would not surprise me.Ã¢â‚¬Â Police have not speculated about a motive.