Montreal

March marks 3 years since Fredy Villanueva's death

Friends and family of Fredy Villanueva gathered in Montreal North Sunday afternoon to remember the young man shot and killed by Montreal police three years ago this week.

Lawyer to continue fighting brother's deportation

Supporters march in Montreal North to remember the death of Fredy Villanueva, who was shot and killed by Montreal police in 2008. (CBC/Nicole Robicheau)

Friends and family of Fredy Villanueva gathered in Montreal North Sunday afternoon to remember the young man shot and killed by Montreal police three years ago this week.

About 75 people gathered at Henri Bourassa park in the early afternoon before a planned march.

Villanueva was 18 when he was killed, and coroner André Perreault's report into his death is still not complete.

Testimony at the inquest into his death caused the Quebec government to rethink the way police shootings are investigated in the province.

Currently when one police force is involved in a shooting, another police force is called in to investigate.

The Villanueva case highlighted many investigative lapses in the process.

Villanueva was 18 years old when he was killed. ((Canadian Press))
In Ontario, an independent civilian body investigates police shootings.

Public security minister Robert Dutil said he won't make any changes here until the coroner's report into Villanueva's death is released.

The report is stalled because of legal challenges by the Montreal police.

Fighting deportation

Meanwhile, the lawyer representing Villanueva's brother, Dany, re-iterated Sunday that he plans to continue fighting the 24-year-old's deportation.

In 2010, the Immigration and Refugee Board ordered Dany's deportation, which lawyer Stéphane Handfield appealed.

But this week the appeal was rejected, and Handfield said he planned to ask the federal court for a judicial review of the decision.

Dany is suspected of having ties with street gangs, and has said he fears for his safety if he is deported back to his native Hondouras.