OAKVILLE, Ont. — Two Toronto men are facing charges and two others are on the lam following the death of a 16-year-old boy who was allegedly kidnapped, shot and left by the side of a rural road several months ago.
Halton Regional Police say 22-year-old Tawane Mohamed is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder in the death of Ezekiel Agyemang, while 29-year-old Abdikadir Jumale has been charged with kidnapping.
Police say Ezekiel — a Grade 10 student at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Brampton, Ont. — was completely innocent, and was only targeted because he was friends with a man who was involved in a dispute with the suspects.
They allege he was kidnapped in Brampton, Ont., on June 29 and held against his will until he was shot to death.
A passerby found his body by the side of the road in a rural part of Milton, Ont., on June 30.
In addition to the two facing charges, police have issued arrest warrants for two other suspects: 24-year-old Ahmed Ismail is wanted on charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping, and may be in the Calgary area; 20-year-old Stanley Frempong is wanted on a charge of kidnapping, and police are not sure where he is.
"I would strongly urge both Mr. Ismail and Mr. Frempong to contact a lawyer and surrender themselves to a police station," said Supt. Kevin Maher of the Halton police, adding that both men are considered armed and dangerous.
He said Ezekiel, who went by Zeke among friends and family, was merely an "innocent teenager" caught up in a dispute between adults.
He said Zeke loved basketball and had aspirations to become an engineer.
Deputy Chief Jeff Hill offered his condolences to the boy's friends and family.
"The shooting of Ezekiel Agyemang was senseless. A young man with all the potential in the world is now gone," he said.
"To Ezekiel's friends: You are far too young to be exposed to the depth and breadth of such a tragedy in your lives. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you have our support."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 17, 2020.
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