Jarvis Montaque, 15, was gunned down in Rexdale late Sunday.
Credits: TORONTO POLICE
But apparently the teen was in the country long enough to make an enemy.
He was gunned down in Rexdale late Sunday, becoming the third 15-year-old to be shot dead in the city in a month.
The Grade 10 student was with a group in front of his townhome in a Toronto Community Housing complex when the teen's killer walked up a path from the street and opened fire from close range, according to police.
"He was outside socializing and listening to music," Det. Joyce Schertzer said Monday. "Witnesses tell us there was no verbal exchange and a single shot was fired at Jarvis."
The victim tried to run for his life into the courtyard, but he was struck in the torso and collapsed 25 metres away.
His assailant, who wore dark clothing with a hood pulled up, ran toward the street and disappeared.
In the chaos, nobody noticed if the person fled on foot or in a vehicle, added Scherzer.
She said the overhead light where the shooting occurred wasn't working so witnesses can't even confirm the shooter's gender.
Montaque moved from Jamaica two years ago to live with his father, stepmother and other family. He returned to Jamaica each summer.
"He hadn't really developed much of a social network here yet," Scherzer said.
Some of the friends he had made spent the day huddled with family members inside his home.
Montaque, the city's eighth murder victim of the year, was not known to police.
"He wasn't a troublemaker," Scherzer said. "He was a good kid."
Residents of the area described the victim as shy.
"He was really quiet," Annalisa Jnbaptiste said of the boy she met at middle school.
They parted ways when he went to a different high school, but she was stunned to learn of his death.
Montaque was the latest of a series of young people to be murdered this year.
St. Aubyn Rodney, 15, was shot to death a week ago in another troubled neighbourhood.
A boy, 17, one of three friends with Rodney when he was killed, faces a manslaughter charge.
Tyson Bailey, also 15, was gunned down Jan. 18 in a downtown highrise.
But the Toronto area's the most shocking murder so far this year is that of Kesean Williams, 9, who was shot through his living room window while watching television in his Brampton, Ont., home.