Ottawa

Jasmine Crescent rally calls for end to violence after recent killings

Carrying signs that read, “Our city supports Jasmine," hundreds of people walked the length of Jasemine Cresent on Sunday calling for an end to youth violence and gang-related crime.

'At least we have a voice today,' says shooting victim's father

Hundreds of Ottawa residents came out in April 2016 to march along Jasmine Crescent, a street plagued by three killings in less than a year. (CBC)

Carrying signs that read, "Our city supports Jasmine," hundreds of people walked the length of Jasmine Cresent on Sunday calling for an end to youth violence and gang-related crime.

The east Ottawa street has been home to three homicides in less than a year.

"We're not going to tolerate a bunch of criminals coming into our neighbourhood and shooting and stabbing and killing people. It's not acceptable," Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told the crowd.

The parents of the most recent shooting victim on Jasmine Crescent, Nooredin Hassan, said they've been overwhelmed by the support, but continue to search for answers.

Miryam Hassan and Abdulle Sharif's son Nooredin Hassan was killed on Jasmine Crescent last month. (CBC)
"We need justice. We need the police of Canada. They don't say 'Oh he's Somalian, kid dies.' It's not Somalian kids. He [was] born in Canada," said Hassan's mother, Miryam Hassan.

Residents marched the length of the street ending at Gloucester High School, where Hassan had attended.

His mother sobbed at the idea of going inside.

'Trying to find a solution'

Police have not made any arrests in the case. Still, Hassan's father Abdulle Sharif says he is encouraged by the turn out.

"This is very important for us. At least we have a voice today. We have another voice," he said.

Many of the marchers have a connection with one or more of the three young men who died over the last year.

Issaiah Clachar, 17, died after being stabbed several times outside the highrise apartment building at 2000 Jasmine Cr., in September of last year. Another man was also seriously injured but survived.

Connor Stevenson, 18, was stabbed to death in the stairwell of the neighbouring highrise a 2020 Jasmine Cres., in April 2015. David Dubois, 19, was charged with second-degree murder in Stevenson's death.

Stevenson played rugby at Gloucester High School, and some of his teammates marched in his honour on Sunday.

Curtis Maurich said the march was way to help everyone grieve, and try to move forward.

"Everybody is really in shock and I guess everyone is trying to find a solution right now," he said.

With files from Amanda Pfeffer