9:30 a.m., Aug. 26)
Blackburn Hamlet housing develop.m.ent scene of drive-by
Kasende, shown here with his four-month-old
daughter, Jayla-Marie, was shot and killed
in an apparent drive-by shooting outside a
Blackburn Hamlet housing develop.m.ent early
Saturday morning. File photo
housing develop.m.ent on Innes Road in the heart of Blackburn
Hamlet was the scene of an apparent drive-by shooting
early Saturday morning, leaving a 22-year-old man dead
and an infant girl without a father.
Kasende.was visiting his ex-wife and their four-month-old
daughter at the Emily Murphy Non-Profit Housing Corp.
at 2676 Innes Rd. when he was shot several times in the
back while standing outside.
witnesses say they heard "five or six" loud
pops before seeing a light-coloured SUV speed away.
later found a burnt out SUV near Vars which matched the
description given by witnesses.
Marisa Titus and Samia Camille were also present at the
home along with a number of other people. Kasende had
borrowed Titus' phone for about 30 minutes and had just
returned it to her when the SUV pulled into the develop.m.ent
with tinted windows. She had turned her attention to someone
else at the front of the townhouse, when she suddenly
heard "five or six" loud bangs. As she turned
to look at the SUV, whoever was inside was in the process
of rolling up the windows. She was unable to get a good
look at the occupant, or occupants, before they sped away.
left really aggressively, they backed up and squealed
their tires," says Titus.
being shot at from point blank range, Kasende was still
breathing when Titus and Camille came to his aid. He gasped
for air several times before finally losing consciousness
and was pronounced dead at the scene.
a number of people witnessed the crime, police have so
far received very little in the way of cooperation.
exploring all the options we're just not getting a lot
of co-operation," says Staff Sgt. Bruce Pirt.
describe Kasende as a jokster who was well respected and
sister, Rose, says her brother was the youngest member
of a family that came to Canada from the Democratic Republic
of Congo in 1994. Levy went to school in Ottawa and hoped
to follow a similar career path to his brother, Thierry,
who is a fashion designer and clothing retailer.
Kasende, 22, was shot dead outside this housing
develop.m.ent in Blackburn Hamlet, the apparent
victim of a drive-by shooting. Photo courtesy
of the Ottawa Citizen
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