Canadian-Afghan boxer shot dead in Toronto city
By Meena Haseeb - Sun Feb 17, 11:52 am
According to reports Shahnawaz was outside a nightclub at Exhibition Place last Sunday around 2:30 a.m. when a fight broke out in the parking lot. One man pulled a gun, firing a round of bullets into the crowd. Two men, Shahnawaz and a 23-year-old, were hit.
Shahnawaz was rushed to hospital with with life-threatening injuries. After five days in the critical care unit, he succumbed to his injuries early Friday morning.
Inside the boxing ring, 19-year-old Naveed Shahnawaz was a force to be reckoned with. He was light on his toes, his jabs strong and quick. But when the gloves came off, his coaches recall, Shahnawaz was a different character — a gentleman, a friend.
Shahnawaz is Toronto’s newest young victim of gun violence. His death comes just days after 15-year-old St. Aubyn Rodney was shot and killed inside his home near Jane St. and Finch Ave, The Toronto Star reported.
At least three men have been arrested by Toronto police in connection with Sunday’s fatal shooting. Tony Hoang Dinh, 18, of Toronto, faces 11 charges including two counts of attempted murder with a firearm. He is now scheduled to return to court on Thursday.
Jonathan Kwok-Ho Lau, 19, of Toronto is charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, assault with a weapon and breach of recognizance.
Hoan Nguyen, 26, of Toronto is charged with assault.
Police could not confirm whether the three suspects were the same men who were shot by police.