Police have identified the man who was shot dead on Wednesday night in Brampton, Toronto.
Two men approached 38-year-old Dujan Kamali on Cleveland Street, the father of three, and shot him.
Toronto police confirmed the death in a Twitter post:
Police crime scene tape holds up a pedestrian overpass in Brampton, Tuesday March 13. Photograph: Mark Blinch/Reuters
Kamali, a father of three, had three children with two different women and the women’s children with other men. He had a liver transplant a decade ago and was a surgeon with Sprott Health and Critical Care Sciences. He was working on how to best treat sepsis and bloodborne infections for Toronto’s metropolitan constabulary.
“He lived so hard for his kids,” Amin Ibrahim, Kamali’s close friend, told the CBC. “We’re all heartbroken and in a bit of disbelief right now.”
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Ibrahim said Kamali had been living in his silver 2017 Audi A6, which he bought a year ago, and rarely left it. Kamali, Ibrahim said, was a real “gentle giant” who instilled a sense of responsibility in his kids.
“He always expected that his kids were at dinner after school or before school and vice versa. He just loved his kids,” Ibrahim said.
Kamali was a regular at an Islamic center in Scarborough, which stated that he prayed there once a week and dined at the local shrine.
Ibrahim described Kamali as someone who had trouble looking behind him in life. “He’s a calm guy who maybe just got overwhelmed by the situation,” he said.
Police are searching for a male suspect in the shooting. In a separate incident the same night, two men in a car were shot, one fatally, as they passed by.