The sister of innocent victim Ariela Navarro-Fenoy, 26, says her family has been trapped in a “nightmare,” their lives “on hold” as they wait for their loved one’s murder to be solved. “Losing someone you care for to a senseless act of violence and murder is a horrifying nightmare, a nightmare my family and I have had to painfully endure for the past year,” a tearful Aluen Navarro-Fenoy said at police headquarters Friday, with her grief-stricken mom and dad at her side. “Tragically, we are condemned to live with this horror for the rest of our lives.”
It was the night of Drake’s OVO Fest after-party at Muzik Nightclub.
Gunshots rang out initially on Muzik’s outdoor patio around 3:25 a.m. on Aug. 4 killing Duvel Hibbert, a 23-year-old from Brampton with a criminal past who Toronto Police investigators believe was intentionally targeted.
Moments later a second burst of gunfire erupted in front of the Exhibition Place club and Navarro-Fenoy was hit by a stray bullet.
Three other club-goers were wounded in the chaos as hundreds of Muzik patrons ran for their lives.
No arrests have been made and no suspect images have been released, largely because police were unable to get any useful security video from the club.
However, Homicide Det. Omar Khan believes the “brazen attack” is “solvable.”
“We are making progress … (but) we need more cooperation and assistance from the public to advance our investigation,” he said, urging any witnesses who have yet to talk to police to come forward.
Khan refused to say if investigators have determined how the guns ended up in the nightclub when patrons were required to be searched and wanded by security staff before entering.
Nor would he comment on whether or not Drake has ever been interviewed by investigators.
However, multiple police sources confirm the local hip hop sensation has never spoken to cops about the deadly shooting at his party.
Drake did issue a public statement — 10 days after the killings — offering condolences to the victims’ families.
He could not be reached for comment Friday.
It’s been a hugely successful year for Drake since the shooting. The Canadian rapper has won a Juno and numerous other music awards, he’s been handed the key to the city by Mayor John Tory and, in the coming days, he’ll take the stage for two massive shows at the Air Canada Centre as well as host his annual OVO Fest in Toronto.
Aluen Navarro-Fenoy urged Torontonians to “come together as a community” to help solve her sister’s murder.
“We need your help in bringing Ariela’s murderer to justice,” she said. “Our lives have been crushed and shattered and the pain of our loss is unbearable.”
What we know about last summer’s deadly Muzik Nightclub shootings:
– Drake was hosting his OVO Fest after-party at Muzik on Aug. 4, 2015, but it’s unknown if he was still at the club when gunfire erupted on the patio around 3:25 a.m.
– Duvel Hibbert, 23, of Brampton, was killed in the initial shooting while hundreds of patrons were still in the club
– It’s believed Hibbert, who had served prison time for gun charges and was at the club despite being under house arrest for drug trafficking charges in two jurisdictions, was intentionally targeted
– Moments after the first shooting, more shots were fired out front of the Exhibition Place club as patrons ran for their lives
– Innocent bystander Ariela Navarro-Fenoy, 26, of Toronto, was near the Dufferin Gates when she was killed by a stray bullet
– Two men and a woman were also wounded by gunfire
– It was the third shooting at Muzik in 2.5 years, but the first inside the club
– No arrests have been made but two men, considered “persons of interest,” are sought:
1) The first is described as black, mid-20s, about 6-foot-1, with a fresh buzz cut and was wearing a bright purple crewneck sweater with a colourful design on the front and blue jeans
2) The second is described as brown, mid-20s, about 5-foot-10 and was wearing a yellow, burgundy, plaid button-up shirt