Update: Teachers and students mourn the loss of 'beloved' teacher

31-year-old Abshir Hassan killed on Flemington Road, near Allen Road and Lawrence Avenue early Tuesday

Abshir Hassan was gunned down in the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood on Tuesday
Photo: CP24

On the surface, police don't seem to be any closer to solving the most recent murder case in Toronto.

This one, a triple shooting in Lawrence Heights, near Lawrence and the Allen, that claimed the life of a 31 year old teacher.

Abshir Hassan was an 'occasional teacher' with the Toronto District School Board, and was most recently placed at Lawrence Heights Middle School, a school he attended while growing up.

Speaking with media on Tuesday, the principal at the school David Debelle says Hassan was one of the good ones, and always a 'go to' when he needed someone to fill in.

He started at the school in the 'after 3:30' program, and worked his way into more of a teaching role.

Debelle says he always had time for students, and had a soft spot for at risk youth.

"I think growing up in the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood, which is a marginalized community, he appreciated the challenges, having lived through them himself."

Hassan would volunteer his time to coach basketball, and only a couple of weeks ago volunteered to DJ the grade 8 graduation, helping mentor a group of kids who were interested in DJing themselves.

Debelle broke down a couple of times when speaking about the teacher, and when asked how the other teachers are coping, he said "About the same as I am" before tearing up.

A 22-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman remain in serious condition in hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.  Investigators say they are likely looking for multiple suspects, but have provided no descriptions at the time this story was posted.  

Police say they believe Hassan was not targetted, but wouldn't say anything else about the nature of the shooting.

Police will be looking at local surveillance footage to see if anything was captured on tape.  

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 07/08/2014 07:14 PM
    Poor guy...
    Its nice the school are doing sometihng in his memory
    1. Everyday Reader posted on 07/08/2014 09:02 PM
      @Karl Burgin 12 words typed.
      4 errors.

      Were you in such a big hurry to see your name on this page that you couldn't take the 5 seconds needed to proofread your post?

      Shame to you.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 07/09/2014 10:27 AM
      @Everyday Reader I'm here to express my genuine sympathies with the teacher being gunned down. You're here to play the grammar nazi.

      And who's the bigger moron here? Don't bother answering- the question is rhetorical.
      Shame ON you...
    3. Elle posted on 07/10/2014 08:22 AM
      @Everyday Reader And you just couldn't wait to make yourself feel better by berating someone else who was just showing compassion.

      Karl Burgin - 1
      The Jerk - 0
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