Two charged with death of man outside strip club

For John O’Keefe, every Friday night was pub night.



After leaving work downtown, the health food store manager would head over to his usual hangout and "watering hole," the Duke of Gloucester, for a few pints and some good conversation.


On Saturday, shortly after 1?a.m., O’Keefe left the pub near Yonge Street and Charles Street, stepped onto the still-busy sidewalk and began walking toward Yonge and Bloor streets and the subway home.

He had just passed the Brass Rail Tavern, when the sound of a gunshot rang through the air. A split second later, O’Keefe lay on the ground, struck by the stray bullet, intended for someone else; the 42-year-old father died instantly from a single gunshot wound to the head.

"I still can’t believe he’s gone," said Susan Banahan, his girlfriend of six years. "The whole time I was thinking maybe the police were wrong It’s just not right."

"He loved the outdoors, he was into the environment," she said. "He was a big recycling guy. He wasn’t materialistic at all. Everything had to be used and reused over and over until it wore out."

first-degree murder charges

  • Awet Zekarias, 23, and Edward Paredes, 22, both of Toronto, face charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder. They were remanded in custody yesterday and will appear in court again this morning.