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<p>Yun Yam Mao hovered close to her brother, leaning into him at times. She gulped for air, trying, without success, to clear her throat as she described, through a Chinese translator yesterday, how she had waited for her...</p>

Children mourn slain father



Tannis Toohey/Torstar News Service


Zuo Xi Mao, 23, and his sister Yun Yam Mao, 19, talk to the media yesterday about their father, Hou Chang Mao, who was killed last week by a stray bullet.



Yun Yam Mao hovered close to her brother, leaning into him at times. She gulped for air, trying, without success, to clear her throat as she described, through a Chinese translator yesterday, how she had waited for her father to come home for dinner Thursday night, the evening he was shot and killed at work.



"He never came home," Yun Yam, 19, said through sobs and hushed tones. "I was waiting for so long."



Hou Chang Mao, 47, was caught in the crossfire of a gun battle waged near the busy market where he was working. Mao was the second innocent bystander killed in six days.



More than 100 people were present when the crime took place, police said, but not a single person has called police with a tip. Officers are pleading with witnesses to come forward.



Barely finished her sentence, Yun Yam hunched closer to her brother, Zuo Xi Mao, 23. Zuo Xi said he’s angry and wants the government to take action to cut down on the prevalence of guns in the city.



Toronto Mayor David Miller and Ontario Attorney General Chris Bentley echoed the sentiment, saying it’s time for the federal government to act on promises to crack down on gun smuggling and put more cops on the street.



 
 
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