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Fearful residents turn to prayer after latest Jasmine Crescent homicide

Parishioners of the Pine Grove Bible Church held a vigil at the intersection of Jasmine Crescent and Ogilvie Road after a young man was fatally shot there.

Beacon Hill-Cyrvill Coun. Tim Tierney listens to a prayer during a vigil on Jasmine Crescent Thursday, March 10, 2016, in memory of homicide victim Nooredin Hassan, 20.

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Beacon Hill-Cyrvill Coun. Tim Tierney listens to a prayer during a vigil on Jasmine Crescent Thursday, March 10, 2016, in memory of homicide victim Nooredin Hassan, 20.

Following three killings on the same residential street in the past year, residents of Beacon Hill-Cyrville gathered outdoors Thursday morning to remember the latest victim, who was fatally shot outside a high school earlier this week.

Just a few feet away from where first responders performed CPR on Nooredin Hassan, 20, before transporting him to hospital Tuesday evening, a small group of parishioners from the Pine Grove Bible Church spoke about the “fear” in the community. The young man later died in hospital.

Community members bow their heads during a vigil for Nooredin Hassan, 20, on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

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Community members bow their heads during a vigil for Nooredin Hassan, 20, on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

Parishioner Wesley Moore asked that “the love of God would transform this place” during a prayer vigil as others from the church and the ward’s councillor, Tim Tierney, bowed their heads in silence across the street from Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School.

Hassan’s killing is the city’s fifth homicide of the year and the third on Jasmine Crescent since last April.

Police have not identified a suspect in his murder. 

The series of murders is making residents concerned for their safety while Tierney is calling for “tangible” solutions like increased police patrols and more CCTV cameras. He is scheduled to meet with Police Chief Charles Bordeleau on Thursday afternoon.

Gwen Bouchard, co-ordinator at the Gloucester Food Cupboard, said her husband doesn’t let her walk alone in the area at night “because that’s when things happen.”

Police officers paid her volunteers a visit on Wednesday, which she was pleased to see, but said police need to assure residents that they can feel safe in coming forward with information about the shooting.

“People need to speak up,” Bouchard said, “because I’m sure there’s people out there who know something or saw something.”