10:30 a.m., April 9)
Hundreds turn out to take part in Jasmine Crescent unity
By Fred Sherwin
a massive demonstration of neighbours supporting neighbours,
close to 250 people turned out in support of the Jasmine
Crescent community on Sunday in a walk of solidarity.
carrying 'Our City Supports Jasmine' signs
take part in Sunday's walk in support of the
east end community. Photo supplied
event was organized by Beacon Hill, Cyrville Coun. Tim
Tierney as part of his ongoing effort to make the community
safer following a series of homicides over the past 12
resident and Gloucester High School student Connor Stevenson,
18, was stabbed to death in April 2015.
months later, Issaiah Clashar, 17, was stabbed to death
outside a Jasmine Crescent apartment building not far
from where Stevenson was killed. Then in December an unidentified
man was shot in the chest, arms and legs in a suspected
attempted murder on nearby Arrowsmith Drive.
most recent murder was committed in the middle of Jasmine
Crescent in the early evening hour on March 8. Nooredin
Hassan, 20, died after being shot in the head by an unidentified
assailant across from Lester B. Pearson High School. Police
have yet to identify a possible suspect in that incident.
Sunday, more than 250 people gathered near the spot where
Hassan was killed before setting off along Jasmine Crescent
to Gloucester High School. Among the marchers were Hassan's
parents Sherif Abdulle and Maryam Hassan.
need a strong hand for these guys, We have the killers
of these Children," said Abdulke.
than a dozen community groups joined the march including
the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, the Gloucester Islamic
Society, the North Gloucester Giants Football Club, the
Gloucester Centre Hockey Association, and the Somali Mothers
they set out, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson promised the marchers
and the residents of Jasmine Crescent that the situation
would improve with their help.
not going to tolerate a bunch of criminals coming into
our neighbourhood and shooting and stabbing and killing
people. It's not acceptable," Mayor Watson told the
crowd. "(But) we can't have the police on every street
corner 24 hours a day. We need your help."
echoed the Mayor's words, saying that if residents don't
feel comfortable calling the police they should call Crime
Prevention Ottawa, or Crimestoppers, instead.
local councillor also pointed to several positive steps
that have taken place since Hassan's death, up to and
including Sunday's march.
have people talking to each other that have never spoken
before. You can see the energy. It is not going to stop
here. It cant be status quo, says Tierney.
the end of the walk a meeting was held in Gloucester High
School where a number of the community groups had set
up information tables.
are already being made to establish a Neighbourhood Watch
program and Tierney is pushing for an increased police
presence in the community in the form of stepped up foot
and bike patrols.
Police Const. Brad Burleau has formed a safety committee
with representatives from community groups and the area
condo associations. Burleau and several other community
officers are also organizing a community barbecue in Jasmine
Park on May 18.
Hill, Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney (left) and
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson show their support
for the Jasmine Cres. community. Photo supplied
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