Memorial Service of Teen Shot by Police Officer Underway

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

The memorial service of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim was organized at a local church on Thursday, where a long line of mourners were witnessed attending the service almost five days after the young man was shot on a streetcar in Toronto. Mr. Yatim’s younger sister wore a black shirt, which said “9 shots … ?” on top of a black-and-white picture of her brother.

Mr. Yatim’s very unfortunate death became an extremely controversial issue after he was shot nine times by Toronto Police Constable, James Forcillo, when he waved a knife on a streetcar on Friday night. The shooting was unexpectedly recorded by several surveillance cameras and cellphone videos that caused a huge public outrage over police use of force. The ceremony attendants completely overflowed the chapel at the funeral home in Toronto’s east end, hence mourners were asked to convene at a nearby place where service was shown on video.

As the service commenced, a moved mourner moaned, saying “Oh my god! They must be punished,” while sobs cried out, “I have a son just like him.” Mr. Yatim’s mother, Sahar Bahadi, was witnessed right beside the coffin holding his hand and wearing a black headscarf. Meanwhile, Mr. Yatim’s sister, Sarah, read a poem, alleging “If I only had five minutes, I would have time to tell you that I loved you.” After finishing the poem, she added that “if he was here he would say, ‘put on some rap and change my clothes.’“

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