Family mourns life of Kitchener shooting victim

Family and friends are remembering 20-year-old Irshad Sabriye, who was shot earlier this week.

Irshad Sabriye and suspect may have been known to eachother, police say

20-year-old Irshad Sabriye was killed in a shooting early Tuesday morning. (Submitted by Sabriye family)

Family and friends are remembering 20-year-old Irshad Sabriye.

Police identified the 20-year-old Kitchener man as the victim of a shooting that happened early Tuesday morning around Courtland Avenue and Highway 7/8.

"We are shocked and heartbroken that we have lost a son, a brother, and a friend," said a statement from the Sabriye family.

The statement goes on to say "it hurts us more to witness that Irshad was taken away from us with such violent and inhumane way. Please come forward if you have any information.  Help us find answers and move forward."

Sabriye's burial was planned for Friday.

Investigators believe Sabriye and the person or people who shot him were known to one another and the shooting may have been targeted, according to Waterloo Regional Police Service.

In a statement, the Muslim Society of Waterloo and Wellington Counties says "we ask Allah to have mercy on him, pardon his sins ... and give patience to his family."

Police say there will be an increased police presence in the area of Connaught Street on Friday as members of the public safety unit carry out a ground search.

"Police would like to remind the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or individual(s) to police," said a news release from the Waterloo Regional Police Service.

A post-mortem examination showed Sabriye died from his gunshot wounds. Police believe the shooting is connected to a nearby car fire that happened less than two hours later Tuesday morning.