Woodstock man shot dead after soccer game in Toronto: ‘Very disturbing’

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A Woodstock man was killed in a weekend mass shooting outside a Toronto high school that left four other people injured, police say.

Toronto police have identified 61-year-old Delroy “George” Parkes as the person killed and said four others, in their 40s to 60s, were still in hospital on Tuesday, and had all suffered “life-altering and non-life threatening injuries,” police said.

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“It is with profound sadness that we announce the tragic and untimely passing of my beloved father, Delroy Parkes who many of you knew as ‘Uncle George,’” read an online fundraising page organized by Jaidyn Parkes and family.

The GoFundMe page described Parkes as a “beautiful human being who loved his family deeply” and whose “passions included playing soccer and dominoes with his friends every night in a peaceful and friendly gathering.”

Toronto police said a call was received just before 11 p.m. on Sunday after reports of a shooting in the parking lot of North Albion Collegiate Institute in Etobicoke, a west-end suburb.

According to police, between 15 to 20 men were socializing after playing a soccer game earlier in the day. It’s believed two suspects in a dark pickup truck pulled up to the group, left the vehicle and began shooting, police said.

“It’s very disturbing. I think there isn’t anyone in this room or this community that isn’t outraged,” Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner said at a Monday news conference.

The shooting was described by Det. Sgt. Philip Campbell as “one-sided” and he didn’t believe there was an exchange between the suspects and victims.

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Police said the shooting was within about 24 hours of another two nearby shootings that injured two others.

On Saturday night, less than two kilometres from Sunday night’s shooting, a 20-year-old described as “totally innocent” was shot and injured, Taverner said. Later, at 2:40 a.m. Sunday, a 14-year-old boy was “randomly shot” walking out of an apartment building, Taverner said.

North Albion Collegiate Institute was closed on Monday by the Toronto District school board while police investigated.

Toronto police said two suspects were outstanding, though no names or identifying details were made public, and investigators were appealing to the public for any information.

–with files from Canadian Press


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