The images of OVO Sound affiliate Anthony “Fif” Soares’ brutal killing on Sept. 14, captured by a surveillance camera and released last week by police, were shocking.
Last Tuesday, Toronto police Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux, who is in charge of the Soares’ homicide investigation, released the video at a news conference where he appealed to the No Tellin’ rapper to send out a tweet asking for people to come forward with information to help solve the case.
WATCH: WARNING: Video contains violent content. Discretion advised. Toronto police are looking for tips in the fatal targeted shooting of Anthony Soares.
Giroux said 33-year-old Soares was dropped off at a residential highrise on Glamorgan Avenue near Kennedy Road and Highway 401 around 3 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14 when he was gunned down by two assailants inside the building’s lobby.
“It certainly was very targeted. It was focused,” Giroux said. “It was certainly overkill.”
Senior police officials are privately expressing dismay that Drake has so far ignored a homicide detective’s request to encourage witnesses to step forward to help solve Soares’ killing, according to the Toronto Star.
“Many of the family members have met Drake,” Giroux told reporters.
“I certainly would encourage him through his tweets to encourage anybody within the community to come forward with regards to any information they have that may assist in solving his friend’s murder,” Giroux said.
A few days later, there was still no mention of the homicide on Drake’s official Twitter account.
“I would hope if Drake was a real and true friend that he would encourage anyone with information that pertains to the murder of a close friend to share that information with the police with a mind to protecting the community and bring justice to the deceased’s family,” Giroux told the Toronto Star in a statement.
Some people online began to criticize Drake for his lack of help in his friend’s homicide case.
Mayor Tory, who gave Drake key to the city, says he can't tell him to respond to police request to tweet for help to solve friend's murder
— betsy powell (@powellbetsy) September 21, 2017
Additionally @drake can't have it both ways. Either he is an "ambassador" or peace or he is anti-Toronto by engendering violence. No middle
— Bio Detective (@OptionsGunner1) September 25, 2017
Drake's been doing the tough guy act for awhile to sell records. I imagine he uses his buddy's death to sell more records. Bad news
— Bio Detective (@OptionsGunner1) September 25, 2017
They aren’t “entitled” to Drake’s help, but def entitled to ask for it! “Public are the Police and Police are the Public” #Peel
— Tim Buckle (@tim_buckle) September 25, 2017
Toronto Police homicide detective admonishes Drake for not publicly encouraging persons with knowledge in Soares’ killing to contact police. https://t.co/VYp7lFriQM
— Julius Haag (@HaagJulius) September 25, 2017
Some people were making reference to the shooting that killed two people at Drake’s OVO Fest after-party at Muzik nightclub in 2015. Drake was under pressure to denounce gun violence and appeal for witnesses.
“Drake we need your voice to help #StopTheViolence in #Toronto,” a post from CrimeStoppers read. A statement was posted to his website 10 days later, but was criticized on social media for not calling for an end to gun violence or urging potential witnesses to co-operate with police.
@SunDoucette Drake can't help in the murders at his Ovi parties so we shouldn't be surprised he does nothing about Soares his friend
— John S (@Toronto_John63) September 22, 2017
— Geneva (@geneva) September 21, 2017
Backstory: the Toronto police have twice complained publicly that Drake hasn't called for the public's help in solving homicides.
— Andray Domise (@AndrayDomise) September 25, 2017
One Twitter user cited the lyrics from Drake’s song, No Tellin’, as a possible explanation for Drake not asking witnesses to come forward.
“Police coming round looking for some help on a case they gotta solve we never help em,” the Twitter user wrote, quoting Drake’s lyrics.
“Police coming round looking for some help on a case they gotta solve we never help em” – Drake, No Tellin. https://t.co/lWjon6WRzR
— #ReddZeroDarkThirty (@BigPapiiRedd) September 25, 2017
I think Toronto police has never listened to a drake song ever. Man has a whole track talking about not telling lmaoooooo
— Shansingh Sharma (@Shansdoe) September 25, 2017
Other people on Twitter began questioning why the Toronto rapper is being asked to “solve the crime.”
Toronto police have the plates of the car on video but need Drake to solve the crime? fix up!
— atomic blonde (@threespeedgirl) September 25, 2017
— #beshameless (@ubeshameless) September 25, 2017
@Drake isn't here to do the police's job for them.
— Christopher Bell (@Worldisart) September 25, 2017
Soares’ death didn’t go unacknowledged by Drake. The Signs singer posted a photo of Soares on his Instagram account, with the caption referring to him as “one of our family members.”
“It was an honour to have shared years together and I will always keep your memory alive,” the post read.
Toronto tattoo artist Inal Bersekov posted a photo of Drake’s latest tattoo, a detailed portrait of Soares with the words “Forever Fif.”
Drake attended Soares’ funeral on Saturday at Ogden Funeral Home chapel in Scarborough, Ont. He was one of the pallbearers at the funeral.
Anyone with information about Soares’ murder is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).