Two Canada-based Nigerians, Chibueze Momah and Tosin Awaroshegbe, have been shot dead by gunmen.
Momah (22) and Awaroshegbe (25) working as security guards were killed on Saturday by the gunmen at the ATL Lounge in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada.
In a statement by Constable Maniva Armstrong, the York Regional Police said that a 20-year old female also shot by the gunmen had been hospitalised after the incident.
The statement read: “On Saturday, July 23, 2022, at approximately 3.30am, York Regional Police responded to a nightclub in the area of Highway 7 and Keele Street for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived at the scene, they located three victims with gunshot wounds.
“A 25-year old male and a 22-year old male were pronounced deceased at the scene.
“A 20-year-old female victim was transported to hospital suffering from a serious gunshot wound. The victim is currently recovering in hospital. The suspect(s) fled the scene prior to police arriving.
“Officers are appealing to any witnesses who may have been in the area or in the establishment at the time who have not yet spoken to police to please come forward.
“Investigators are also seeking any cell phone video or photographs from inside or outside the establishment, video surveillance from the area, or anyone that may have captured dashcam video on the roadways.”
A cousin of one of the victims, Adam Abdul, who opened a GoFundMe account to compensate their families, said: “Eze and Tosin were both diligent workers who served as security guards for many lounges in Vaughan. They were loved and cherished by many in the community. Their story was only getting started as they had both recently graduated. Eze was set to make his way into the tech industry and Tosin our beloved engineer. Unfortunately, their time was cut short. It is our hope to raise $50,000 for each respective family to help with funeral costs and to reunite their bodies with their families.”
Also, a Twitter user @DrFunmilayo, claimed to be Tosin’s childhood friend, tweeted: “He had just completed his Masters and was working as a security guard to make extra cash. He was only doing his job when he got killed.
“I only met Eze about two weeks ago in Canada. He was such a sweet guy. When I heard Tosin got shot, I texted Eze to find out if he was okay, only to find out that Eze was shot as well. They both died on the spot.”