'He was supposed to bury me': mother mourns 17-year-old son killed in Hintonburg
The mother of an Ottawa homicide victim is speaking out following the tragic death of her teenage son.
"I love my son and it was a tragic accident," said Mrs. Mwakio. "I loved him so much."
"My son is a special person," she said. "He is supposed to bury me, not me bury him. So it's a tragic loss for me and for our family."
17-year-old Leslie Mwakio of Ottawa was killed Tuesday night after police say he was shot on Bayswater Avenue in Hintonburg around 10:45 p.m. When emergency responders arrived, they found a man shot in a vehicle near Laurel Street.
Mwakio was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Residents in the area told CTV News they saw a couple people fleeing the scene as well as shots coming from a vehicle.
Police said the family packed their bags and left their Sandy Hill apartment today, worried for their safety.
There are no arrests at this time. The Ottawa Police Major Crimes Unit is investigating.
"We don't have a description of a suspect per say at this point and time," said Inspt. John Medeiros. "We are hoping that through our interviews and witnesses in the area we are able to gather that information."
This is Ottawa's twentieth murder of 2016.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.