Victim's parents speak out at walk to end violence in Jasmine Cr. area
The parents of a young man who was shot and killed on Jasmine Crescent one month ago want more done into the investigation of his death.
Sunday, the parents of 20-year-old Nooredin Hassan joined hundreds in a walk to end violence in the neighbourhood after three murders in the area in less than one year.
“We just need to find that it before that guy kill another kid, another person in Canada, doesn’t matter what the background of that person will be,” said Sharif Abdulle, Hassan’s father.
The march was organized by Councillor Tim Tierney, who said residents are demanding something be done.
“One of the biggest parts of this is being able to create a sense of community, get people talking, find out why they don’t want to talk to police, and if they don’t want to, they can speak to crime prevention Ottawa, they can speak to crime stoppers, and we want to get that message out.
Hassan was shot and killed on the corner of Jasmine Crescent and Olgivie Rd. one month ago.
His death is the third in a string of murders in the area.
In September 2015, 17-year-old Issaiah Clachar was stabbed outside an apartment building at 2020 Jasmine Crescent.
It is the same location where 18-year-old Connor Stevenson was stabbed to death in the stairwell of a nearby high-rise building in April of the same year.
“We want to find out who killed Nooredin Hassan especially, and any other youth who died in this area or any other area, we don’t want to suffer anymore,” said Hassan’s aunt, Roda Muumin.
At the end of the walk the public was invited to gather to discuss ways to prevent violence in the area.
Ottawa Police said they need the public’s cooperation.
“We do our own analysis but the biggest analysis occurs when we are on the street, boots on the ground and we’re talking to the people, that’s how we learn about the guts of the neighbourhood, and what goes on, and what makes that neighbourhood tick, and you know how they are and how safe they feel in the neighbourhood,” said Insp. Patrick Flanagan
Anyone with information can report it to Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477.