To someone reading the paper yesterday, Daniel Lewis was just another teenager with a criminal record gunned down in the alleyway of a bad neighbourhood.
But to his mother, Lisa Mitchell, Lewis was just a boy, albeit a 19-year-old one, who liked to tell jokes, who adored his family, and was still struggling to find himself.
“He was very loving. Loved basketball, loved his friends, he was talking about going back to school,” said the exhausted 40-year-old yesterday afternoon outside the 12 Division police building.
“You see what’s going on around you as a parent. You hope that it doesn’t come to your house,” she said.
“I don’t think that anyone anticipates it’s going to happen to your child. You just don’t. It doesn’t matter what kind of life, whatever your child might be doing, it isn’t something you expect.”
Lewis was shot several times Tuesday in an alleyway off Dunraven Drive, near Keele Street and Rogers Road.