Toronto shooting death resonates in Newfoundland town
Boy's family had been planning to relocate, relatives say
A Toronto gun battle is having a deep impact in a central Newfoundland town where a boy killed by a stray bullet hadrelatives.
Ephraim Brown, 11, was shot to death early Sunday, when he was caught in the crossfire of what police describe as a gang-related gun battle in Toronto. The boy had been up late, attending a birthday party.
Two men have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Brown's death.
In Peterview— a small town about 35 kilometres north of Grand Falls-Windsor— relatives are grieving the loss of a boy they knew through family visits.
Brown's father, Gerald, came from Peterview. The family was expected to visit just next week.
"He was a beautiful kid, well-mannered," said Verdon Brown, his uncle. "He considered himself a Newfoundlander and he knew his roots on his mother's side, too."
Brown said the family had been hoping to settle one day in the community of about 800, in a house that grandfather Zach Brown had given to them. On Monday, relatives gathered at the home— which has a view of Notre Dame Bay— to mourn their loss.
"Ephraim was a beautiful little kid that didn't deserve to die, for no cause whatsoever, because of some mad person," Verdon Brown said.
Family members were not only preparing for a visit, but for the family to move to Peterview permanently.