'He was amazing': Family of shooting victim Venojan Suthesan pleads for help

Police say a York University business student was shot to death near a Scarborough high school, but the motive remains unclear.

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Venojan Suthesan, 21, was gunned down outside a Scarborough high school near his home. Police believe he was targeted and are trying to figure out why. (Facebook)

The family of Venojan Suthesan, the university student who was shot to death in Scarborough, made an emotional plea to the public Wednesday for help finding his killer.

"Venojan was the most ambitious, intelligent, kindest person that I knew," Sumira Suthesan said at a command post set up by Toronto police to appeal to the community.

"He was my brother, my parents' son and an amazing grandson, cousin, nephew and friend to everyone who knew him ... He was amazing."

Toronto police said Suthesan, 21, was gunned down by a male suspect who waited for him outside Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute, a high school near Tapscott Road and Washburn Way, just before midnight on May 27.

Sumira Suthesan said her family wants closure, and justice for her brother.

"If anyone has any information, regardless of how small you believe it is, please come forward, contact the police and crime stoppers," she said.

Homicide Det. Andy Singh said police are actively investigating, but need more help from the community.

'A bright young man'

"We believe there's people out there who have information that have not come forward and we're using this platform today to reach out to those people and tell them how crucial it is [they] contact us," Singh told reporters.

Suthesan's parents were at the command post appealing for help too.  Although they did not speak at the podium, his mother said through a Tamil interpreter she is heartbroken and cannot sleep at night. 

Singh said Suthesan was "a bright young man," and it has been "very difficult establishing a motive."

​Suthesan, who also went by Veno, was a student at York University's Schulich School of Business, where he was vice-president of corporate relations for the Undergraduate Business Society, and a Schulich ambassador.

Singh has previously said the shooting was "very targeted" and there is a possibility that it was a case of mistaken identity.​

​'Senseless act of violence'

Coun. Neethan Shan, who represents the area on city council,  also spoke to strengthen the "call for information from the community."

He said Suthesan was on the way to a very bright future.

"It is unfortunate that we don't have him with us today; it is unfortunate his life was taken away by a senseless act of violence," Shan said.

"The police need more information, investigators need more information to solve this case. We need people who are responsible for this cruel act of violence to be brought to justice."

With files from John Rieti