Police in Peel are offering a $25,000 reward for tips that lead to an arrest in the shooting death of Hamilton-born Kesean Williams.
The nine-year-old boy died one year ago Thursday after shots were fired into the room of his family’s Brampton home, into which they moved just days earlier.
Peel Regional Police believe the home was targeted, but don’t know who the intended victim was or what motivated the attack.
Investigators have set up a dedicated tip line for the case and are appealing to members of the community for information.
Officers are setting up a mobile command centre in the neighbourhood and will be canvassing the community for tips.
People with new information on the death of Kesean Williams are asked to call the new tip line at 905-795-7712 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.
'A little big man'
Williams was born in Hamilton and lived in the city until September 2012, when he, brother Kajan and their mother Tanya Garvey moved to Brampton.
Before leaving Hamilton, Williams attended Dr. J. Edgar Davey Elementary School in central Hamilton and lived in a nearby apartment complex on Ferguson Avenue North.
Williams played soccer and enjoyed skateboarding at Beasley Park.
"He was pretty fearless and quite the little athlete ... a really active, energetic kid," said Pete Hanson, a member of the Hamilton Skateboard Assembly, a group that refurbishes old boards to give to children and teaches them how to ride.
"The average kid hounds me to death to get them stuff, and when I do get them a board it's not good enough," Hanson said in January 2013.
But Kesean "stood out."
"I got him a board and I never heard him complain about anything," Hanson said.
"Same with his skateboarding. He didn't complain about anything. He just skated."
"He was like a little big man."