Two men have been charged in the 2012 death of a 30-year-old Scarborough man.
Orville Campbell, 21, and Stanton David, 20, were arrested on Tuesday and face charges of first-degree murder in the shooting of Ricardo Vincent last June.
The victim and the individuals facing charges knew each other, Det.-Sgt. Justin Vander Heyden of the homicide squad told a press conference on Tuesday.
“It appears there was some sort of an ongoing dispute … between the people who stand charged with Ricardo’s death and Ricardo,” he said.
Vander Heyden attributed the arrests to community cooperation and police work that included forensics and canvassing the neighbourhood.
Thirty to 40 people, including children in the playground nearby, witnessed the shooting in a parking lot on Glamorgan Avenue near Highway 401 and Kennedy Road, he said.
Vander Heyden said individuals responsible for the murder returned to the area where Vincent was killed to intimidate potential witnesses.
“I can’t begin to tell you how that offends me as a citizen and … as a police officer,” he said. “It’s urban terrorism at its worst. It literally paralyzed the Glamorgan community in fear.”
No charges have been laid in relation to these allegations.
The victim’s parents, Norris and Diane Vincent, attended the press conference.
“Although it’s almost nine months since our son was murdered, we had confidence that this day would come and we look forward to justice prevailing,” Norris Vincent said.
He described his son as a “peacemaker” who was a loyal, reliable man.
“We are also appealing to people in the neighbourhood to come forward and speak to the police …. The system works when we cooperate with police.”