WATCH ABOVE: All Jeremy Cook wanted was to find his lost cell phone. But when the 18-year-old London, Ont. teen tracked it down, it ended with him losing his life. Jennifer Tryon has the details.
Funeral details have been announced for Jeremy Ryan Cook, the 18-year-old Brampton man fatally shot in London, Ont. on Sunday, after a dispute over a lost cellphone.
The first visitation for Cook will be held in at Ward Funeral Home at 52 Main St. South in Brampton on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., while the second and third visitations will be on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cook’s funeral service is scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church in Brampton.
London Police are still searching for three suspects in connection with the shooting and said Cook had left his cellphone in a taxi cab and electronically tracked it to a parking lot at 1181 Highbury Ave. North on Sunday.
Upon arriving at the address with a relative at about 5:15 a.m., police said they approached a silver 2004 Mazda 6 four-door sedan occupied by three men and a “discussion occurred about the phone.”
Police said one of the passengers exited the car and walked away from the area while the vehicle started to drive away, which is when Cook then partially climbed onto the car and held onto the driver’s side door.
The vehicle drove northbound on Highbury Ave. and then turned east, which is when police said shots were fired and reported by witnesses.
Police responded to the scene and found the victim without vital signs after suffering multiple gunshot wounds behind a plaza located at Highbury Ave. and Huron St.
Paramedics attempted to revive Cook, but were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The end result of this whole scenario is definitely tragic. It’s very unfortunate, we never suggest anyone grabbing onto a moving vehicle, as that in-and-of-itself is very dangerous, but if there’s any concern whether it be of criminal nature, such as a stolen item or any concern for your safety we certainly encourage people to contact police,” said Const. Ken Steeves.
“I don’t think anybody would have been able to predict that the end result in this scenario would have been the case under the circumstances. But if anyone has any information in relation to where their lost items may be, certainly there’s nothing wrong with inquiring, but if there’s any suspicion or any indication that there’s trouble or anything like that we certainly encourage people to contact police.”
Police said the vehicle then drove west on Huron St. and collided with a fence and a hydro pole near Barker St., before it was found abandoned on nearby Wyndham Cres.
“With the vehicle, often times you’re able to determine the registered owner but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she is involved in the scenario,” said Steeves.
“I’m not indicating whether he or she is involved in this situation but it doesn’t always solve or provide concrete answers.”
After the vehicle was abandoned, police said a man was seen running through a nearby park and three separate suspects were arrested and taken into custody after a cab they were in was stopped by police.
A citizen then reportedly called police after the victim’s cellphone was found in the area of Wyndham Cres. and Barker St.
Police initially said they were not looking for any other suspects, but on Monday police released the three suspects after it was determined they were not involved with the shooting.
Police said the suspects and the victim were not known to each other, and the victim was not known to London Police.
They are currently searching for three men – including the two who were in the vehicle and the one who walked away. They are all described as being between 18 and 21 years of age and police are appealing to the public for information on the suspects.
The first suspect is described as black, wearing a white shirt with a black design, the second is described as black with very short hair, wearing a black jacket or shirt and a fitted hat, while the third is described as black with a slim build, wearing a blue shirt and black hat.
Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact London Police.