Former Vancouver gangster shot dead in Toronto

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Sukh Deo at a Raptor’s game

It was 3 pm on a pleasant Tuesday afternoon when a man was shot in his white Land Rover near the intersection of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue by two men who were seen fleeing the area.

The victim was Sukh Deo, a 34-year-old married man with young children, he had moved to Toronto a few years ago and ran a trucking company with a friend.

Sukh Deo it appears was well-known to police in the Lower Mainland and was a suspect in at least one continuing investigation at the time of his murder.

His brother Harjit was convicted in a 2005 gangland kidnapping along with others in the Independent Soldiers gang. The kidnap victim had been held in the garage of the Deo family home in New Westminster, where police later arrested several suspects.

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Sukh’s father Parminder is wanted on an Interpol warrant on drug smuggling charges laid in India.

Sukh Deo was an avid fan of the Toronto Raptors, his uncle said. Just last month he was ejected from his courtside seat at Game 4 of the Raptors’ playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers after heckling the referees.

In B.C., Sukh Deo had convictions for resisting a police officer, driving while suspended and assault.

His killers are still at large and police are looking for them and have yet to establish a clear motive for his murder. – CINEWS

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