Tow truck driver killed in Toronto is region's fourth towing-related homicide in a year and a half

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Hashim Kinani, 23, was sitting in his tow truck when he was shot Thursday night in Toronto's west end. Since December, 2018, three other Toronto-area men with industry ties have been killed
Images are unavailable offline. Hashim Kinani, 23, was sitting in his tow truck when he was shot Thursday night in Toronto's west end. Toronto Police Services

A 23-year-old tow truck driver was shot and killed in Toronto's west end Thursday night – the region's fourth towing-related homicide in a year and a half – as violence within the industry continues to escalate.

Hashim Kinani was sitting in his tow truck when he was shot around 7:42 p.m. in the parking lot of a housing complex on Panorama Court in Etobicoke.

A 17-year-old, Nawras Nagara, whom police received a judicial authorization to identify, is wanted for first-degree murder. A second unidentified suspect is also wanted for first-degree murder in the shooting.

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Toronto Police Homicide Detective Sergeant Ted Lioumanis said Friday that Mr. Kinani was new to the towing business, and that it was too early to say whether his killing is connected to the continuing tow truck turf war that has been raging across the GTA.

Since December, 2018, three other Toronto-area men with ties to the towing industry have also been killed.

Lingathasan Suntharamoorthy, 36, was affiliated with a towing company when he was shot and killed inside his high-rise apartment, near Kennedy Road and Highway 401 in January, 2019.

Tow truck driver Lawrence Taylor Gannon, 28, was shot execution-style in the driveway in front of his mother's house around 10:30 p.m. in April, 2019. He died in hospital later.

Both of those cases remain unsolved.

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