WHERE: Walk began at 10 Old Meadow Lane (Flemington and Replin roads)
WHEN: Sunday, September 14, 2–6 p.m.
WHAT: The first annual Community Walk of Hope for Peace, held in honour Abshir Hassan—a Toronto teacher shot and killed July 8 in a case of mistaken identity—and all those who have been affected by gun violence in the Lawrence Heights and Neptune communities. As an organizer wrote in a press release: “It is meant to inspire, empower, and encourage the youth, parents, residents, businesses, agencies, and organizations who have a vested interest in fostering healthy, vital, and strong neighbourhoods to take a united, assertive, and peaceful stand against the gun violence that has affected us and continues to traumatize our communities.”
Hassan’s murder remains unsolved, but lead homicide detective Steve Ryan is optimistic that the investigation will result in an arrest.
“It’s still quite raw,” David deBelle, principal at Lawrence Heights Middle School, told the Star. “Some time has passed, but it comes back pretty quickly.”