Two more people charged with first-degree murder in 2018 Christmas Eve shooting
A police officer stands on a street in Richmond Hill where a 33-year-old man was shot dead on Dec. 24, 2018. (John Hanley)
TORONTO -- Two additional people have been charged in connection with a 2018 Christmas Eve fatal shooting of a 33-year-old man on a street in Richmond Hill.
Toronto resident Soheil Rafipour was shot near Bayview Avenue and Old Colony Road around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2018. At the time, investigators said that Rafipour was getting into a car when a suspect vehicle approached and a shooting occurred,
He was rushed to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Few details were released about the shooting, but police said they were not treating it as a random incident.
Police said that in March 2020, two men with ties to the tow truck industry were taken into custody in connection with the incident.
Mohamad El-Zahawi, 38, of Toronto and Abdelaziz Ibrahim, 23, of Hamilton were each charged with first-degree murder.
Two more people were taken into custody on April 28, 2020 and April 30, 2020.
Brantford residents Thomas Sliwinski, 41, and Marena Leachman, 21, are also facing first-degree murder charges.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Homicide Unit or to reach out to Crime Stoppers anonymously.