Police investigate death of man shot in Canadian backyard

Written by Anna Morgan, CNN

Toronto police are investigating after a man died a week after being shot in the backyard of a home in Canada’s largest city.

Derrion “Leo” Heath was shot in Brampton, Ontario, a suburb east of Toronto, on June 14.

The 20-year-old’s mother, Basia Rachida Braham, told CBC News that her son was walking to his car when several males approached him and one of them shot him.

“He was from a family that has social issues. This is not the first time this has happened to one of our family members,” Braham said, adding that Heath has been a victim of crime before.

A source told CBC News that Heath’s family filed a missing persons report, but no further information has been released.

On Monday, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said that police were unaware of the missing persons report.

“In another example of the senseless violence in Toronto, we have learned from friends of the victim that he had filed a missing persons report earlier this month, with no knowledge as to his whereabouts and been reported missing to Toronto Police in the previous week,” the chief said.

“Those facts are most disturbing to us, as we are unaware of the victim’s whereabouts,” he said.

Saunders said that police planned to examine his body, which was found in the backyard of the home. Police have not yet disclosed the identity of the man.

Heath lived in the home with his mother and two sisters.

“We are asking anyone with information about these events to please contact Toronto Police. All tips will be treated with the utmost seriousness, and we will follow up on them aggressively,” Saunders said.

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