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Ibrahim Abukar, 22, was shot dead on Corkstone Glade after allegedly breaking into a home with two other men. Police said a deadly struggle ensued after the intruders were confronted by the homeowner.
“I’m just flabbergasted right now; I’m shocked,” Mohamud Karim, who met Abukar almost 10 years ago in high school, said. “Anybody who meets this guy would say he’s just a kind, welcoming person who’s outgoing.”
In response to comments on Facebook, a spokesperson for the association said Abukar was at a meeting Thursday night discussing racial profiling and how to rehabilitate prisoners back into society when they’re released.
Mohamed Ali grew up in the same neighbourhood as Abukar.
“Flamboyant, charismatic, down-to-earth, understanding. These are the words that come to mind,” he said.
Karim remembers Abukar giving him advice on his wedding day.
Friends said Abukar was entrepreneurial, and was developing a mobile app.
Mohamed Hassan also knew Abukar since childhood. He learned of his friend’s death while heading to work Friday.
“The guy had a bright future,” said Hassan, adding Abukar was supposed to be best man at a wedding next month.
All three friends said he wasn’t the type for criminal behaviour.
Peel homicide detectives are investigating Abukar’s death and said Saturday night there were no updates in the case. Mike Vrga, the owner of the home where the shooting took place, received minor injuries in the incident. Police are looking for any witnesses that may be able to provide details on the two suspects who fled the scene.
With files from Sarah Taguiam