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<p>Peace and forgiveness for the killer, not revenge. That was the message from family and friends of shooting victim Abdikarim Ahmed Abdikarim at his funeral yesterday at an Etobicoke mosque.</p>

18-year-old son shot dead Friday



Rick Eglinton/Torstar News Service


Mourners lower the casket of Abdikarim Ahmed Abdikarim yesterday at his funeral. Abdikarim was shot dead last Friday.



Peace and forgiveness for the killer, not revenge.



That was the message from family and friends of shooting victim Abdikarim Ahmed Abdikarim at his funeral yesterday at an Etobicoke mosque.



More than 1,200 mourners and members of the Somali community filled the Khalid Bin Whaled mosque, united in their position that vengeance will bring no good.



"Peace and love. ... Everything is going to be OK," said the 18-year-old’s father, Ahmed Abdikarim, when asked what he would like to say to his son’s killer. He asked revenge not be sought.



The grieving father, a former professional soccer player in his native Somali, urged people to speak to police to help solve his son’s slaying.



On Friday around 10 p.m., his son was socializing with five friends outside 87 Amaranth Ct., near Lawrence Avenue West and Dufferin Street. Two men approached the group and one began firing a handgun while walking backward from his victims.



The other five victims suffered gunshot wounds but were able to attend the funeral yesterday.



 
 
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