Police are offering a $50,000 reward in the murder of 17 year old Joseph Petit. He was the first homicide of the year when he was gunned down on January 4.
Police were called to Dentonia Park Avenue for a shooting at about 6:05 p.m.
The 17 year old was out walking his dog and returned home but then left two minutes later to meet two men outside his home.
After a brief two-minute conversation, a struggle ensued and one of the two men shot the boy.
The suspects then walked towards the direction of TTC Victoria Park subway station
The boys mother Anna Pavao found her son shot when she returned home from work and called 9-1-1.
Joseph Petit was taken to hospital and, on January 7, 2016, at approximately 4:15 p.m., was pronounced dead.
Police say that one of Petit’s friend may know something about who shot him and they’re asking witnesses to come forward.
Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux says “one of his friends must know or have heard what happened to Joseph.”
The boy’s mother also attended the news conference and says the family is lost without him. She says ” he leaves behind a loving family, he was just a 17 year old high school student.”
She says “He comes from a good home and our family lives in a good community.”
Anna Pavao says “Our family is just like your family. If we want to end gun violence everyone has to do their part and come forward.”