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(Posted 9:30 a.m., Aug. 26)
Blackburn Hamlet housing develop.m.ent scene of drive-by shooting
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Levy 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


A 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.

Levy 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.

Several witnesses say they heard "five or six" loud pops before seeing a light-coloured SUV speed away.

Police later found a burnt out SUV near Vars which matched the description given by witnesses.

Friends 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.

"They left really aggressively, they backed up and squealed their tires," says Titus.

Despite 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.

Although a number of people witnessed the crime, police have so far received very little in the way of cooperation.

"We’re exploring all the options we're just not getting a lot of co-operation," says Staff Sgt. Bruce Pirt.

Friends describe Kasende as a jokster who was well respected and "super smart".

Kasende’s 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.

Levy 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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