Suspects charged in death of 11-year-old

One man, Akiel Eubank, 20, has had numerous run-ins with the law and wears his gang affiliation engraved in his haircut. Police described him as a gang member with a history of violence and weapons offences.

The other, Gregory Sappleton, 21, two years ago, faced numerous charges after a home in the city’s north end was sprayed with bullets, injuring four people including Shaquan Cadougan, then four years old, believed then to be Toronto’s youngest shooting victim.

They are the two suspects charged yesterday with first-degree murder of 11-year-old Ephraim Brown, believed to be Toronto’s youngest fatal shooting victim.


Yesterday, at the Sheppard Avenue West townhouse complex where Ephraim was killed, family and friends rallied around his grief-stricken mom, Lorna Brown, and father, Gerald.

“All those guys out there that are doing the wrong,” Lorna Brown said. “I don’t think they have an education ... they shoot and kill and I don’t know what they get out of it.

“They’re the devil’s nightmare.”

Like the shooting of Cadougan two years ago, Brown’s murder has sparked an outcry, with calls by Attorney General Michael Bryant and Mayor David Miller to push Ottawa to ban handguns.

Miller called on Ottawa to press Washington to toughen their gun laws.

“I really believe it’s time for the Canadian government at the national level to say to the United States of America we’re good friends, but your gun laws are exporting a problem to our country,” Miller said.

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