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Family seeks answers a year after Flemingdon Park shooting death

Chavaughn Jones, 32, was shot dead on July 2, 2021, in the lobby of a Flemington Park apartment building.
A Toronto family is still looking for answers a year after Chavaughn Jones — a beloved son, brother and father — was gunned down inside the lobby of a Flemington Park apartment building. 

A fashion designer who was set to launch his own clothing line, Jones died just after midnight on July 2, 2021, after being shot multiple times. He was 32.

His family has said they do not think he was target of the shooting and he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

To mark the one-year anniversary of the death of the man affectionately known as “Prince Chevy,” about 100 of Jones’s family and friends will gather Saturday at Centennial Park in Etobicoke. They will share food, play games, pray together and exchange stories about the man they all knew and loved — and whose death still haunts them.

“We need justice,” said Jones’s mother, Angie Simms, who added she and others in the family have become mentally, physically and emotionally “numb.”

“Chavaughn’s daughter, my first granddaughter Csiriyah, is also having a difficult time with the loss of her dad. He was her rock and her everything. She is having sleepless nights, and would sometimes talk about what her dad would cook on a Tuesday and how much she misses her dad,” Simms said.

The family says they have met with investigators on the case, but there have been no arrests.

Police originally said there were three suspects seen on security camera footage as they approached the building southeast of Eglinton Avenue East and Don Mills Road.

The three men, wearing hoodies and dark-coloured pants, began indiscriminately shooting inside the lobby. Four people were injured, and Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, the three suspects jumped into a dark Honda CR-V and drove away. The car was later found burned-out and abandoned in York Region.

“We are upset that nothing has come of the investigation,” said Csiriyah’s mother, Latasha, who noted she and her daughter try to focus on happy memories of Jones as much as they can.

“We are angry that a mother and a daughter have to be without their favourite person, that a family has now an empty spot that no shoes can fill. It is not fair and the journey is long,” she said.

Many in the family describe Jones as a cherished son and brother, an exemplary father and uncle, a genuine friend, a young man who always put his family first. They remember him as someone who brought laughter and joy to every room.

Flemingdon Park community is one of the Toronto neighbourhoods that has been severely affected by gun violence over the years, according to police data. There were 17 shootings between 2004 and 2020, according to police records.

 

Gilbert Ngabo is a Toronto-based crime reporter for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @dugilbo

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