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Man charged in shooting death of Toronto man who played on Ford’s team

A man was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kwado (Kojo) Mensah, a young shooting victim who once played on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's football team.

Sheldon Ashton Scrubb, 18, of Milton was arrested on Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder, reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated assault. He was scheduled to appear in court Friday at 10 a.m.

Earlier this week Mr. Ford promised Juliana Mensah, the mother of Mr. Mensah, that the killer of her son would be brought to justice.

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Ms. Mensah said the Mayor came to her Etobicoke home to offer words of comfort and prayer. Mr. Ford was like a father figure to her son, she said. Mr. Ford coached Mr. Mensah on the Don Bosco Eagles football team.

Ms. Mensah said her son was a good boy and that he came home every night. She never worried about him.

She says she did not know Mr. Scrubb and has never heard of him.

"Whatever you say, he will never come back," Ms. Mensah said in an interview at her home Monday night. "I just lost him and I will never see him again. He broke my heart."

Police allege Mr. Mensah's slaying is connected to a second shooting that took place on the same night in Scarborough. A man, 32, arrived at a hospital with a gunshot wound and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Mr. Mensah's death is the 19th homicide of 2013.

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