Police say Anthony (Fift) Soares, a close friend of Toronto rapper Drake, was lured into his execution-style murder he relied on.
Who lured him, even four years after the crime, remains a mystery.
“We believe Mr. Soares was attracted by someone he knew,” acting det. Stephen Smith of the Sergeant Toronto Police Cold Case Homicide Unit said in a recent email.
Soares, 33, was ambushed in an apartment lobby by two hooded gunmen, who blew their semi-automatic pistol at him from close range.
The execution-style murder was captured by security cameras inside a Toronto community housing complex at 6 Glamorgan Avenue in Scarborough on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm.
The graphic video shows Soares apparently did not think he was in danger in the final seconds before the gunmen opened fire.
He appeared at ease after being dropped by a friend outside the building near Kennedy and Ellesmere Streets, apparently not seeing a late-model, four-door, white Ford Fusion with tinted windows, which was used to enter the building. pulled immediately after.
Soares, holding a soft drink in one hand and a bag of fast food in the other, waited to buzz upstairs when the gunmen, wearing hoodies, ran toward him with pistols in their hands.
“He is clearly buzzing for access to the building,” homicide Det. Sergeant Gary Giroux said at the time.
Without a word, the gunmen opened fire through the glass door, leaving their magazines empty at close range.
“He’s hit many times,” Giroux said.
Even after Soares hit the ground, he continued to fire more than two dozen rounds.
“Certainly, it was very targeted,” Giroux said. “It was very focused. Sure, it was overkill.”
At one point during the attack, a shooter, wearing a burgundy hoodie and bright red running shoes, touched a metal door frame and then tried to erase the fingerprints.
“He was mindful of the evidence,” Giroux said.
After wiping down the door frame, the gunman started firing again at Soares, who was lying helpless on the floor.
Soares was “stuck between the inner foyer area and the criminals, who were on opposite sides of the glass,” and the shooting only stopped when two of his pistols were locked in the open position, indicating they were empty, Giroux said.
Soares’ friend, who escorted him to the apartment building, initially fled “for his own personal safety”, Giroux said. The friend, who could not be identified, “felt terrible to leave. There really wasn’t much else he could do…he really had no choice,” Giroux said.
Police also did not identify who Soares was going to see in the apartment building that morning, with Giroux saying only: “It was an innocent intention.”
“The shooting of Mr. Soares was targeted and has underlying gang tones,” Smith recently told Starr. Despite this, “Soares had no ties to the gang,” he said.
Soon after the shooting Giroux was asked how the killers knew where and when to find Soares.
The detective threw up a flurry of questions of his own.
“Is it someone who was following them?” Giroux asked. “Is this a casual meeting? It’s someone who knew he was attached to this car or the person driving that car? Those are the things I’m interested in.”
Once his pistol was empty, the killers ran back to their car. Police said a third person, who was working as a driver for the team, drove north on Kennedy Road toward Highway 401. Police said they found a partial license plate of the killers’ vehicle.
Despite all the bullets, Soares was still conscious and breathing when the first responders arrived.
Leaving a girlfriend and a young daughter, he was pronounced dead at the hospital later in the day.
Fly Tribute to my friend on Instagram:”Rip to one of our family members…our brother…I still can’t believe this morning was real. It was an honor to share the years together and I will cherish your memory forever” I’ll keep you alive.”
The rapper was one of the attendees at Soares’ funeral in Scarborough.
In September 2017, tattoo artist Inal Bersakov posted A picture on Instagram of Soares’ face tattoo, writing: “Horred to pay tribute to my brother (Drake), getting the FIF tattooed on Rest in Peace.”
In March 2018, Drake posted pictures of a gold chain made in his friend’s honor. It was diamond-encrusted with the number 50 on the front and “REST IN PEACE ANTHONY SORES GSOAT” at the rear.
Despite the high profile of the murder, the police haven’t had a flood of tips.
“We haven’t received much information from the community, but this is to be expected as we believe only a select few know the identities of the killers,” Smith said via email. “If anyone in the community knows the identity of the killers please contact me directly or through Crime Stoppers.”
A request for an interview with Drake through his US publicist was not returned.
Drake has commented on gun violence in his music.
In March 2013, Drake joined Snoop Dogg (at the time performing as Snoop Lion) on a track entitled “no guns allowedReferring to the July 2012 mass shooting at a community barbecue on Danzig Street in Scarborough, in which two people were killed and 23 others were injured.
In the song, Drake rapped about “a summer day that went horribly wrong”, including the lyrics, “News from home / This is when it hurts to go / Two more young names rocked is engraved.”
Drake also made a statement in an attempt to console the loved ones of two men who were shot and killed in the early hours of August 4, 2015, during a Drake-hosted OVO Fest after-party at the exhibition venue’s Muzik nightclub .
At the time, he said he was “stricken and pained by the ongoing violence in our city.”
“For the past few days I have been in a moral bind,” he said. “I’m used to the fact that my life and the things I say to my fans are closely watched. It’s hard in situations like these where a tragedy happens and I look to my trusted mentors and mentors. advice, those who worry that anything I may say may be misinterpreted.
“However, today I am choosing to follow my heart. I am traumatized and hurt by the continuing violence in our city. I look into the eyes of so many young people and I wish they all have as much of a chance as possible in this life.” Shine as bright as possible. I encourage our generation to show as much value and gratitude as possible for the life that has been gifted to us.”
The murder of Soares remains unsolved.