Man murdered outside Danforth café

One man is dead after an alleged drive-by shooting outside an East Danforth café in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 17.

Police have identified the victim of an early morning shooting on Danforth as Abdullah Farah, 20.
Police have identified the victim of an early morning shooting on Danforth as Abdullah Farah, 20.

Police were called to the scene, just west of Coxwell Avenue, at 1:30 a.m., where they found a man without vital signs. He was taken to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The victim has been identified as Abdullah Farah, 20 years old, of Toronto.

The shooting happened in front of Cloud 9 Café, previously the site of the Rotana Café – where 21-year-old Abdiweli Mohamed Yusuf was shot and killed last May, and where Beach resident and firefighter Dominic Parker was fatally stabbed in 2013.

A small group of residents rallied across the street in the afternoon, calling for officials to deal with violence in the neighbourhood, and to shut down the business.

Reports surfaced online that Cloud 9’s landlord had terminated the business’ lease.

Ward 29 councillor Mary Fragedakis, Ward 30 councillor Paula Fletcher, and Ward 31 councillor Janet Davis, whose wards converge at the corner of Danforth and Coxwell, all made calls on Twitter for the café to be shut down.


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