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Video released of suspect car after man shot dead in east-end backyard

Toronto police have released video of a suspect car as part of their investigation into a man shot dead in his own backyard last month.

Surendra Vaithilingam, 38, was killed on May 29 while landscaping his home on Mantis Road, near Morningside and Finch avenues, for his young son’s upcoming birthday.

His widow Kajanthini (Kathy) Kathirithamby said she wants answers.

“I don’t know why they did that to my husband,” Kathy told CityNews. “They spoiled his life and my life and my son’s life.”

She said her four-year-old son doesn’t understand that his father isn’t coming home and still looks for him every morning.

Det. Sgt. Justin Vander Heyden said after reviewing surveillance video from a home across the street, he believes the suspects saw Vaithilingam loading bricks into a wheelbarrow as they drove past.

He said they then likely parked their car a block away, walked over and shot Vaithilingam in the chest at point-blank range and fled back to their car.

Vaithilingam died at the scene.

“I believe Surendra’s murder was not a mistake,” Vander Heyden said.

“There’s little doubt in my mind [the suspects] knew what they were doing.”

He also called it a “brazen, sloppy murder.”

He said all three of the suspects are young males. Two are described as black and were wearing dark clothes. The third man, who has brown skin and straight, dark hair, was driving the car.

The car itself is dark, has four doors and resembles a 1999-2003 Mazda Protégé. It had dirt on the panel behind the front wheels, which may have washed away in the rain. Vander Heyden said the car likely belongs to one of the suspects, their friends or family and is not a rental.

Police have released surveillance video which shows the black car. Watch three of the videos below and all five here.