Wedding plans have tragically morphed into funeral arrangements for a bride-to-be who watched in horror as her fiance was shot in the head for no apparent reason on Tuesday.
Kahivesa Kavenandjamo, 25, died in hospital on Thursday.
Patrice Charles said the couple was discussing their December wedding while they sat in a parked car on Willowridge Road, near Martin Grove Road and Eglinton Avenue West at around 1 a.m.
Suddenly a man ran up to the car and began firing at Kavenandjamo, who was shot in the head.
“We were discussing where we would have the reception. We were just very positive and looking forward to our future together and it just happened so suddenly,” Charles told CityNews.
“I’ve never even heard a gunshot before so to have that happen right in front of me, it’s traumatizing.”
Police say Kavenandjamo, who came to Canada two years ago from Namibia, wasn’t known to them and had no ties to guns, gangs, or drugs.
The suspect is described as a brown man, wearing a light-grey hooded sweatshirt and a black-and-white bandana over his face.
The motive behind the killing remains a mystery.
“The suspect approached the car and fired shots,” Det. Ted Lioumanis said. “There is video surveillance in the immediate area and we are reviewing the tapes.”
Friends and loved ones say Kavenandjamo had a deep religious faith and spent much of his spare time at the Miracle Arena for All Nations Church near Finch and Weston Road.
“This is his (real) home,” said Prophet Kofi Danso. “He only goes home to change and comes back and there is nothing like an enemy around him.”
His friends and family are now trying to raise money to send his body back to Africa to his shattered parents.
With files from CityNews.ca staff