Family members of two men shot to death at the busy Union Station Toronto train station said they were haunted by their loved ones’ deaths during victim impact statements read in court Friday. Hiding behind curtains as the display was placed on the witness stand, the statements were received by the jury as part of the presentation of evidence in the first-degree murder trial of Michael Manisio, 40, and Zion Shabazz, 30. Their trial is being held in Toronto because Toronto police at the time of the murders described the shooting deaths as the most vicious and senseless crime they had ever seen.
Three men were shot at near one of the entrances to the station in early May 2015. Devin Kelley Chase, 28, and Konrad Tau, 35, were killed. Christian Turner, 34, was critically injured. The two other shooting victims were in the terminal to buy food that evening.
People stand at the entrance to the Union Station concourse in Toronto, where three men were shot to death. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
Family members and friends of victims John Pike, left, and Dion Diabosha tried to hide behind curtains as they were forced to submit to victim impact statements. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
Mr. Schneider, right, arrives at court in Toronto, where prosecutors are seeking a first-degree murder conviction against Michael Manisio and Zev Turner. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)
Mr. Townsend arrives at court in Toronto, where he was introduced to jurors. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
“I woke up to the sound of the sound of my brother’s cry,” Jeremy Townsend said during his victim impact statement on Friday. He asked the court to “take (his) pain away,” and to “set him free.”
Family members were described as being “broken,” “shattered,” and “completely devastated” by the violence. Some said they have not slept or eaten since they first heard of the incident. Ms. Schneider expressed her fear of having to commute to work: “I can’t sleep at night. I cannot return to work.”