15-year-old boy killed near Woburn high school ‘was completely innocent,’ Toronto police say

A 15-year-old high school student shot and killed Monday afternoon in a “brazen attack,” was a “nice, quiet young man,” police say.

Safiullah Khosrawi “was completely innocent. There’s nothing in his past to suggest he’d be in a situation like this,” homicide Det.-Sgt. Andy Singh told reporters Tuesday.

Police received calls around 3:15 p.m. Monday for reports of multiple gunshots at Markham and Ellesmere roads, near Woburn Collegiate Institute, the school that Khosrawi attended.

Once on scene, police found the teenager with multiple gunshot wounds. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died.

Police said they arrested a 15-year-old male, also a student at Woburn C.I., and charged him with second-degree murder.

The suspect is known to police, Singh said.

In a statement, Woburn’s principal Karen Hume described Khosrawi as a “conscientious and hard working student.”

He “will be sorely missed by our students and staff,” Hume wrote.

Hume says specially-trained guidance counsellors will be available to provide students and staff with support.

“The Woburn community will come together to show our respect and support based on the family’s wishes,” Hume wrote.

Police noted that the shooting happened in broad daylight and likely during “significant pedestrian traffic.” They are appealing to the public for witnesses to come forward.

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Jacob Lorinc

Jacob Lorinc is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @jacoblorinc

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