Teen fatally shot at Weston pizza place leaves behind 3 young brothers, stepmom says
The stepmother of a 17-year-old boy who was fatally shot at a Pizza Pizza in Weston overnight says her stepson was a “kind” and “loving” boy who leaves behind three young brothers.
“He hugs everybody. Sometimes you wouldn’t even know he was there and he just comes and hugs you from the back,” Trisha Samuels told CP24 at the scene.
According to investigators, Jarryl Hagley was eating pizza with three friends at a fast-food restaurant near Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue when gunmen walked into the restaurant and began firing in his direction. Police said Hagley was sitting at a table but fled to the washroom when the gunfire rang out.
Paramedics arrived to find Hagley's friends tending to him in the washroom.
The teen was rushed to Sunnybrook Hospital in life-threatening condition but was later pronounced dead.
Samuels said she has been trying to inform her family of what’s happened and that she’s hoping the police investigation brings her closure.
“I just want everybody to know that life is not something to play around with,” she said. “You can be at the wrong place at the wrong time, but sometimes you just need to be aware of your surroundings and the people you’re around, at the same time.”
She added that Hagley leaves behind a “legacy” in his three young brothers. One of the brothers said his favourite memory of Hagley was when they went to Canada's Wonderland together.
“Jarryl was not just a loving person, he has brothers that love him and care about him. It hurts them to know that their brother is not here right now,” she said.
Speaking to CP24 at the scene Sunday morning, a man who described himself as a family friend of the victim said Hagley was "not a troublemaker."
"It is unbelievable to me to know that this really happened to him," he said.
A relative told CP24 that Hagley moved to Toronto eight or nine years ago from Grenada.
That same family member described the teen as a "good kid" who was very close with his grandmother.
Police have not released any information about possible suspects but said they are looking for more than one. Though they believe the shooting was targeted, it is unclear whether it was directed at Hagley or the group of people he was with at the time.
"He was with three other people sitting at a table having something to eat and we believe a person was targeted at that table," Det. Paul Worden told CP24.
The motive for the shooting has not been determined.
"We do have some theories," Worden said. "We are not ruling anything out but we do believe there was prior contact between the suspect and the deceased and his friends."
Officers are currently interviewing witnesses and searching for security camera footage in the area. They said Hagley's friends and employees at the restaurant have been co-operating with the investigation.
Police are asking anyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting to contact investigators at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).