A Hamilton man who was gunned down at a Brampton banquet hall early on Sunday morning was a standout basketball player and a "great guy," says his former coach.
Peel Regional Police have identified 25-year-old Ricky Ricardo Dunkley as the victim in the shooting. He was shot in the chest and succumbed to his injuries at the scene, police said.
He attended Cathedral Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton for most of his high school career, said Brian Daly, one of Dunkley's former basketball coaches. He then attended Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School in north Etobicoke
"Everyone loved him," Daly said. "He was good to all his teammates and he was good to his classmates and his schoolmates. I don't have anything bad to say about him. He was a great guy."
Dunkley, who played as a shooting guard for the Cathedral squad, was an "explosive athlete," Daly said.
Daly, who is now the vice principal at Cathedral, said he had run into Dunkley this spring. The 25-year-old, he said, was working as a painter and was the father of young children.
"Everything on the surface seemed great."
Dunkley's family in Brampton made a statement to CBC News on Sunday evening.
"He was a very good person," they said, adding he was a father of four with a fifth child on the way. "We all miss him dearly. They took away someone very valuable to us."
"He was our angel."
Police looking for suspected second victim
Peel Regional Police are still investigating the incident, which occurred in the early hours of Sunday.
Const. Thomas Ruttan said that a call came in at 4:15 a.m. about shots being fired at a banquet hall on Bovaird Drive.
A release sent out on Sunday said that officers found a blood trail at the scene, which has helped them conclude that Dunkley may not have been the only person who was shot.
So far, police have no suspect information to release.
Homicide investigators want to hear from anyone who can help identify the suspected second victim.
Members of the public can contact investigators at 905-453-2121, ext. 3205. They can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.