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Funerals held for slain Thorncliffe Park mother and sons

Zain and Faris Abdille were found dead in a Thorncliffe Park apartment on Nov. 29, 2014. CITYNEWS

The community gathered Friday to say goodbye to Zahra Mohamoud Abdille, 43, and her two sons, Faris Abdille, 13, and Zain Abdille, 8.

A funeral service was held at the Khalid Bin Al-Walid Mosque on Bethridge Road on Friday afternoon.

The mother and her sons were found dead Saturday in their Thorncliffe Park apartment, though police have not said how they died.

The family’s husband and father, Yusuf Osman Abdille, 50, was found dead earlier that day after falling onto the Don Valley Parkway.

Earlier this week, it was revealed Zahra had tried to flee the violent relationship, moving her sons to a women’s shelter for three weeks in July 2013.

A candlelight vigil for the family was held on Tuesday night.

Zahra Abdille, 43, came to Canada in the late 1990s and married Yusuf in Toronto in 1997. Friends say she learned English and graduated from the Adult Learning Centre on the Danforth before becoming a nurse practitioner at Toronto Public Health.


Workers at the Pat Schulz Child Care Centre, who looked after the two boys when they were infants, said earlier this week that all three were like family to her.

“I haven’t even had time to process it,” Shantih Lawrence with centre said. “I’m sort of just trying to get through my day. I’m still teaching in my class and in the back of my mind I’m like – I can’t believe this is happening.”

With files from Toronto staff