Hardbeatnews, TORONTO, Canada, Tues. Nov. 29, 2005: Trini-Canadian Amon Beckles, shot to death at the funeral of his murdered best friend on Nov. 18th, was laid to rest over the weekend as the search goes on for his killer.
Police insist the two killings are related but so far they have not charged anyone in either homicide. Witnesses have provided a description of a single suspect for the shooting – a black man wearing a three−quarter−length blue, hooded coat, a dark baseball cap and dark pants.
Investigators believe that the initial descriptions of three males seen running from the church are actually potential witnesses to the shooting and are asking these people to come forward with any information that may assist the investigation.
Police are also still looking for information regarding a red or burgundy four−door car with tinted windows seen fleeing the scene of the murder of Beckles’ friend, at Oakwood Avenue and Eglinton Avenue on Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Police attended Beckles’ funeral on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Abundant Life Assembly on Dixon Rd, where relatives said goodbye to the 18-year-old father and reggae dancer with hymns, dance and a celebratory two-hour service.
Beckles was laid to rest at the Glendale Cemetery at Highway 27 and Albion Rd., where his friend Hemmings was also buried.
Beckles was shot at the doorway of the Toronto West Seventh-day Adventist Church at Martin Grove and Albion Rds., when he went outside for a cigarette during the service for his friend, Jamal Hemmings, 17.
Hemmings was shot on Nov. 9 in a parking lot near Marlee and Eglinton Aves. The gunmen fled, but Beckles witnessed the shooting and it is believed he knew who was responsible for his friend’s murder.
But police say “the information he gave us was not at all consistent,’ and there have been some speculation the killing was drug-related. Police also claim the teen had agreed not to attend Hemmings’ funeral and was making arrangements to leave the country but showed up despite the plan. – Hardbeatnews.com