Toronto police have announced a $50,000 reward in the unsolved murder of two men at an after-hours club in 2016.
Justin Bokma, 42, and Lefranc (Frank) Matthews, 41, were shot and killed at the College Street club, west of Spadina Avenue, in the early hours of June 1.
Bokma, a former pro skateboarder who was working as a bouncer, was reportedly shot while trying to break up a fight. He died at the scene.
Matthews, who operated the boozecan and was the father of young children, died in hospital.
“It’s been a nightmare, first of all. The whole thing in the beginning was a nightmare,” Bokma’s mother Nancy Bokma said.
“It’s like a life sentence. You kind of go through life. You pretend. You just walk in a fog half the time. It’s just something that you can’t get over.”
Two other men, aged 45 and 34, were also hurt in the incident and made their own way to hospital later that morning. Their injuries were not life-threatening.
So far, police have not made any arrests.
Nancy Bokma said police have been good at keeping both families informed, but she felt she needed to do more as an advocate against gun violence.
“It’s just frustrating because my fear is I’m going to be sitting on the bus next to this person or the fact that he’s still out there killing people. And I just thought this is terrible.
“Every time (a shooting) happens, myself and other parents and family members are re-traumatized.”
Police said a reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for tips leading to an arrest and conviction and also released a description of the three suspects.
Suspect 1 is a black man, in his mid- to late 20s, about five feet nine inches tall, with a skinny build, and had hair in thin braids to his shoulders.
Suspect 2 is a black man, with a dark complexion, in his 30s, about five feet six inches tall, with a short, skinny build, a larger head and teeth, some of which are crooked. His right arm and hand are smaller and skinnier but still usable. His nickname is “Mo” or “Moe.”
Suspect 3 is a black man, with a medium complexion, in his early 20s to early 30s, about five feet nine inches tall, with a medium build, and clean-shaven.