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Boy, 16, among 2 suspects identified in downtown double murder probe

Last Updated Jul 17, 2018 at 2:52 pm EDT

Paramedics attend to a shooting victim on Queen Street West in Toronto on June 30, 2018. CITYNEWS/Nitish Bissonauth

Toronto police are searching for two suspects, one a 16-year-old boy, after two Toronto rappers were gunned down outside a downtown nightclub on June 30.

The 16-year-old is wanted on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Police earlier identified and released a photo of a second suspect — 22-year-old Abdulkadir Handule (pictured below) of Toronto. He is also wanted for two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. in front of the Cube nightclub at Queen and Peter streets.

Police said two men, one in his 20s, were taken to hospital in critical condition. One man was pronounced dead on scene while the second victim succumbed to his injuries the next morning. A woman in her 30s was seriously injured but investigators said she was expected to survive.

Police identified the victims as 21-year-old aspiring rapper Jahvante “Smoke Dawg” Smart and 28-year-old rapper Ernest “Koba” Modekwe.


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@Chris Hoey: I could not agree with you more in what you wrote. Our system protects criminals’ rights, not those of prospective or past victims.

July 12, 2018 at 2:17 am

@Miiskum Aazheniis Stephens: Just yesterday, yesterday! On this very site was the picture and name of a 17 year old wanted on a Canada wide warrant for murder in the second degree. Young offenders CAN and have been identified when they’re being sought after. The police probably haven’t met the threshold in this case. They played politics, and they have you playing right along

July 12, 2018 at 1:25 pm