A father thousands of miles away wants to know why someone shot his son multiple times outside a subway station in Toronto.
“It was 6 am in India when we got a call from his cousin, whom Kartik lived with in Toronto. She said they had been trying to reach him for a few hours, but he wasn’t answering. Almost five hours later, I spoke to a police officer who told me that my son was dead,” Kartik’s father, Jitesh Vasudev, told The Quint while in tears.
Kartik Vasudev had been heading to work and had gotten off earlier than normal to pick up a package for his boss. The family says they’ve been told by a journalist that a gunman shot him eight times.
Police would not confirm that and only says he’s the victim of multiple gunshot wounds. His family suspects he’s the victim of a hate crime.
“His bag was left behind and it seems so far that it was not a robbery. It is possible it was a hate crime. All we want is someone to answer our questions. No one is telling us why a young boy was shot dead,” said Jitesh to Indian Express.
Kartik moved to Toronto in January from Ghaziabad to attend Seneca College.
“We are shocked & distressed at the unfortunate killing of Indian student Kartik Vasudev in a shooting incident in Toronto,” the Consulate General of India wrote in a statement posted on Twitter on Friday.
A spokesperson at Seneca College told The Wire Kartik studied marketing management.
“Our thoughts are with Mr Vasudev’s family, friends and classmates. Counselling support is being made available to students and employees,” it said.
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