Hundreds crow mosque for shooting victim’s funeral

By Muhyadin Sheikh Omer  GORGOR NEWS  TORONTONearly 2,000 members of Toronto’s Somali community gathered in a west-end mosque this afternoon for a funeral service for the 18-year-old victim of a shooting for which police acknowledge they still cannot find a motive. Mourners remembered Abdikarim Ahmed Abdikarim, who died Thursday after a gunman fired repeatedly into a group of young men outside a housing complex, as a popular and friendly youth. “This is a tragedy what happened to this young man … this is a tragedy for the whole community and for the whole city I believe,” said Mohamed Targooye, a friend of the Abdikarim family. “The people who did this have to surrender … and anybody who has knowledge about who did this, they have to tell the police. Don’t hide them.” Police released a chilling videotape of the shooting yesterday, showing the young gunman walking calmly up to Abdikarim and his friends outside an apartment block and without warning begin firing wildly. Pall bearers carried Abdikarim’s plain, particle-board coffin out of the Khalid Bin Walid mosque in an Etobicoke industrial park surrounded by a crowd of mourners so large that they could not all fit into even the expansive mosque, a converted warehouse.The message delivered during the service was in large part aimed at the many young Somali-Canadians in attendance. “You should not take arms, you should not take revenge on these people. In fact, the best revenge is to not take revenge,” said Mohamed Ali Rashid. “There should be no vengeance, they should be calm and let the police do their work.”

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