Teen killed in targeted shooting ID'd as Caheem Monteith
'He's someone that you're not going to forget...I don't think anyone could really fill those shoes'
Tributes poured in for a teen boy shot dead while visiting friends at a North York townhouse on Saturday, remembered by those who knew him as a vibrant young man with a larger-than-life personality.
Police confirmed that Caheem Monteith, 17, also used the family name "Ramsuchit" and was known to many family and friends "Clayshawn."
Monteith was killed in what police described as a targeted shooting outside the home in the Jane Street and Shoreham Court area on Saturday morning.
Det. Mike Carbone told reporters Saturday that the teen was shot outside the home shortly after arriving there, when two suspects in a dark SUV arrived and fired a total of four to six shots over a fence. He had already been taken to hospital by the time officers arrived, where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy found his cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the torso, police said in a release Sunday.
'A very loyal young man with a zest for life'
One of those remembering Monteith was Chris Campbell, organizer of Pound The Rock basketball league, which the teen's team, The Program Elite, was a part of.
"He was a passionate kid... he loved the game and worked hard on the game," Campbell told CBC News. "That's one thing that stood out about him. Everyone noticed him because he was just that player."
That star quality was evident in a video clip Campbell posted to Twitter Saturday night, showing Monteith taking the final buzzer-beating shot to win the league's all-star game of last year's winter-spring session.
"He's someone that you're not going to forget. If you played with him, if you met him, if you coached him or you'd seen him play, he's one kid who always stood out on the court," Campbell said.
"I don't think anyone could really fill those shoes."
On Saturday, Monteith's basketball coach Matt Cole said the team was "deeply saddened" at his loss.
"He was a very loyal young man with a zest for life. His smile and laugh and his energy and passion for the game of basketball go unmatched," Cole said.
"Our team is picking up the pieces right now."