The families of two young men shot to death outside a friend’s condominium Friday night in a seemingly unprovoked attack are “pushing through” their grief and trying to plan two funerals.

“We’re going through the motions,” Alan Dudek, stepfather of Oliver Martin, one of the victims, said yesterday. “We’re doing what needs to be done.”

Martin and his lifelong friend, Dylan Ellis, both 25, were gunned down in a parent’s Range Rover.
Yesterday, cars of friends and relatives still lined the streets near the Ellis home in Rosedale. Martin’s family consoled one another at their home a 10-minute walk away.


Since a gunman opened fire on the men, family and friends have wept openly, laying flowers at the scene and embracing. But few have talked publicly about the victims, both from affluent homes. Ellis, the grandson of a prominent Toronto philanthropist, was an aspiring photographer. Martin was an investment banker.

They were each shot in the chest around 12:10 a.m., seconds after stopping outside a condo building on Richmond Street West, near Trinity Bellwoods Park. The victims and a woman sitting in the back seat behind tinted windows had left a party at the building moments earlier. The trio returned to drop off a set of keys taken in error. Ellis and Martin never had a chance to exchange them. The woman was uninjured.

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