Nfld. & Labrador

Toronto shooting death resonates in Newfoundland town

A Toronto gun battle is having a deep impact in a central Newfoundland town where a boy killed by a stray bullet had relatives.

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.

Relatives of Ephraim Brown placed a candle next to pictures on a mantle at a family home in Peterview, N.L. ((CBC))

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."

Ephraim Brown 'considered himself a Newfoundlander and he knew his roots on his mother's side, too,' his uncle, Verdon Brown, says. ((CBC))

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.

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