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Mayor Rob Ford says of slain Kwado Mensah: ‘I love you, kiddo’

Mayor Rob Ford kicked off his weekly radio show Sunday with a tribute to a former Don Bosco Eagles football player who was killed in a shooting last week.

“Some shows are easy to begin with and others are a little bit more challenging, and today is definitely more challenging,” Ford said on his Newstalk 1010 radio show.

Kwado “Kojo” Mensah was gunned down Thursday night in Scarborough. The 20-year-old was found in a grassy pathway near the Grace Hartman Housing Co-op at Morningside and Old Finch Aves. He had been shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The mayor said he found out the victim was a student he coached at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School when he “got one of these calls that nobody wants to get.”

“Ladies and gentlemen,” Ford said, “he was truly a very nice, polite young man. He never gave us any problems, and he was a phenomenal football player. And it tears me apart when things like that happen so close to home,” Ford said.

“I love you, kiddo.”

The mayor said he had spoken to the victim’s mother and planned to visit with her after the show.

“Words can’t describe,” the mayor said. “I wish I could find a solution for this.”

Police say further investigation has found that Mensah’s death was connected to a later shooting Thursday. A 32-year-old man arrived at a hospital with a gunshot wound to his lower body and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police are still searching for a suspect, whom they describe as a black man with medium complexion, between 18 and 20, and about 5-foot-9 with a medium build and short black hair.

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