October 8, 2014

Zaid Youssef and Michael Menjivar - Teens killed in Toronto, Ontario

Zaid Youssef, age 17, and Michael Menjivar, age 15, died on October 6, 2014, in a suburb of Toronto, Canada. 

Both boys were shot dead. 

Zaid Youssef (L); Michael Menjivar (R)
Reports are extremely conflicting.

The family of Zaid states that he was a bystander at a lunch hour fight that broke out on the street near his school. He tried to flee when shots broke out but he was struck and killed by accident.

Another report states that the boys were targeted and that this shooting was the result of arguments that had broken out between them and others earlier on social media (Twitter).

A third report says that Zaid Youssef was planning to protect a friend who was going to be involved in a fistfight and he was shot during the confrontation.

More information will be forthcoming as the investigation continues. If you have any information about these murders, you are urged to call Toronto Crime-Stoppers at 416-222-8477.

Zaid's parents are from Iraq. He was born in Jordan. The family came to Canada when he was 6 years old. Zaid was in Grade 12 and was working part time at Canadian Tire. Zaid attended Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School. He was considering going to university to study law or engineering.

Family members describe Zaid as a really good kid who didn't get into trouble. He was an obedient and loving son. He loved his family and his friends. He had celebrated his 17th birthday just a few days before his death.

Michael Menjivar was a student at James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School.
Angels of God, pray for Zaid and for Michael
and for those who have lost them
His family stated that he woke up late for school and had only tagged along with a friend when they came across a fight scene which ended in his death as a bystander. They state that he had nothing to do with any of the tragic circumstances that unfolded. Michael is described as a good kid who loved everybody. 

The family members of Zaid Youssef and Michael Menjivar are devastated over their tragic deaths. They will be forever mourned.

Zaid Youssef is survived by many loving friends and family members. 

Michael Menjivar is survived by many loving friends and family members. 

Oceans of tears will be shed for these boys.

The families of Zaid and Michael have suffered an unspeakable loss. Pray for them. 

Pray for justice for Zaid and for Michael. 

God save us from the Lost Ones who bring death to strangers. They are killing us, Father.

Pray that Zaid is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray that Michael is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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