“He helped people wherever he could and will be remembered for

Family and friends mourn loss of two men from Toronto’s rap scene

TORONTO Friends and family of two men gunned down in Toronto’s Entertainment District over the weekend said the two emerging artists in the city’s rap scene will be remembered for their hard work and ambition.

canada goose store Jahvante Smart, 21, known as cheap canada goose uk Smoke Dawg and Ernest (Kosi) Modekwe, 28, known as Koba Prime, were fatally shot Saturday evening. Police said a woman was also shot, but she is expected to recover. canada goose store

Modekwe was the uk canada goose brand manager for a hip hop collective called Prime, said family and friends. In April, billboards of the group towered over Toronto’s Yonge Dundas Square when they released their song “Sopranos.” The group also launched a clothing line last year buy canada goose jacket with, which Modekwe modelled for.

Lindstrom said when cheap Canada Goose he found out about the shooting, he kept trying to reach Smart and Modekwe.

“When I heard what was going on, I knew (Kosi) was with Smoke, so I canada goose store texted Kosi saying, Canada Goose Jackets ‘I love you bro. When you get this call me, please, please, please,”‘ he said.

canadian goose jacket The two men were rushed to hospital following the shooting, but both succumbed to their injuries, police said. canadian goose jacket

cheap Canada Goose Smart released his first single in 2015 and uk canada goose outlet was on Drake’s Boy Meets World tour. Drake posted on Instagram a canada goose coats photo of him and Smart performing together with the caption, “Rest up Smoke.” cheap Canada Goose

canada goose clearance sale “Kosi was one of my best friends,” Lindstrom said. “Smoke was like a brother to me. It’s definitely a loss for Toronto, they’ll always be remembered.” canada goose clearance sale

Canada Goose Outlet Smart’s family released a statement Sunday saying that he leaves behind a one year old daughter and 13 siblings. Canada Goose Outlet

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Canada Goose Jackets Lindstrom Canada Goose sale said he met both Smart and Modekwe in Toronto about four years ago and they instantly became friends. He said they would get together when Lindstrom would visit Toronto about once a month. Canada Goose Jackets

Modekwe grew up in Toronto’s west end with his single mother and two younger siblings.

canada goose “He was the oldest so he was always trying to take care of me, my brother and my mom,” said his canada goose black friday sale sister Chinasa Modekwe in an interview. canada goose

buy canada goose jacket cheap She said Modekwe worked multiple part time jobs to help pay the bills and later bought the family laptops and took their mother on her first vacation. buy canada goose jacket cheap

“He was a good man, with a lot of dreams, a lot of aspirations,” Chinasa said. “He had so much life in him, he had the biggest heart.”

canada goose clearance A basketball star growing up, Modekwe played his the high school team and then for fun while he studied criminology at the University of Toronto. and Drake. canada goose clearance

One of the Prime members posted on Instagram on Sunday that he and Modekwe met in 2004 and were best friends for canada goose uk shop 14 years.

Canada Goose online “His energy was like no other, he made everyone smile, made people feel happy, he would light any room, no matter how dark it was. It was canada goose uk outlet very easy to be Kosi’s friend, he was a definition of friend,” Jermane Prime said in the post. Canada Goose online

“Kosi was everything to Prime, everything to my career, my life, if it wasn’t for Kosi, I wouldn’t be alive, he literally saved my life once.”

canada goose coats There has been a string of shootings in Toronto in the past few weeks. On Sunday night, four people were injured after shots were fired downtown, and last month two young sisters were wounded during a shooting at a community playground. canada goose coats

Police statistics for 2018 indicate there were 199 shootings in the city as of June 25, and 22 people killed by gun violence. This time last year, there were 170 shootings and 16 killed by gun violence.

buy canada goose jacket Ontario Premier Doug Ford released a statement on Monday expressing his condolences to the victims. buy canada goose jacket

“This has been a very difficult summer in our city, and thoughts and prayers just aren’t going to cut it anymore. We need action,” he said.

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