Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Richmond Hill shooting believed to be drug related

York Regional Police gather evidence at the shooting scene that left 2 people dead in Richmond Hill, Ontario January 08 2014.

Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail

Police say they believe a triple shooting in Richmond Hill, Ont., that left two teenagers dead and a 20-year-old man in critical condition was drug related.

More information is being released about Wednesday's early morning shooting outside an apartment complex in the town north Toronto, including descriptions of two male suspects.

York Regional Police say Brenda Pathammavong, 16, of Brampton, was found dead at the scene inside a parked vehicle with two other victims.

Story continues below advertisement

Police say her age was incorrectly stated as 15 on Thursday and her name was not released at that time, but her family has since given permission for her to be named.

Premier Hoang, 18, of Brampton, was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds but died of his injuries while the third victim, a 20-year-old Brampton man, remains in critical condition and his name is not being released.

The two suspects are described as black men in their 20s who were wearing baggy clothing and police are also looking for a grey or silver-coloured Honda Civic seen in the area around the time of the shooting.

Post-mortem examinations were continuing Friday in order to determine the cause of death.

The girl's family released a statement describing her as "a positive, selfless young woman who deeply loved her family."

"Although she was the youngest ... her family and their needs were always her first priority. Her family and friends will greatly miss Brenda's always-present bright smile, giggles, intelligence and sass," the statement said.

Investigators say they believe the suspects and victims may have known each other and that the shootings were not a random act.

Story continues below advertisement

They are asking anyone with information to contact York Regional Police's homicide unit or Crime Stoppers.

Report an error Licensing Options
Comments are closed

We have closed comments on this story for legal reasons. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Globe Newsletters

Get a summary of news of the day

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at