Vanessa Jung says her father’s death is only now beginning to sink in as she searches for answers about what occurred in Scarborough on that October night.
Christopher Jung, Jung’s 73-year-old father, was shot and died just before 9 p.m. on Oct. 24 in the area of Pharmacy Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East. When the shooting happened, he was driving his Beck taxi cab.
“This is something I never expected to happen. I never expected he’d die in this manner “On Friday, Jung spoke with CTV News Toronto.
“It’s so far beyond my comprehension, so far beyond my reality.”
Jung said her father’s death left her confused and angry. Christopher had been raising Jung on his own since she was young following her mother’s death.
“I don’t have closure. I do ask myself if I did know why if it would make me feel any better. It probably won’t,” she said.
“But I do spend a lot of time running scenarios through my head and kind of wondering if…it could have been prevented.”
Toronto police have named a 17-year-old male suspect in the shooting who they said was a passenger in Christopher’s cab. The teen is wanted for second-degree murder.
“This is a particularly brutal murder, a violent murder, and committed by a young person. We’re eager to take him off the streets,” Det. Sgt. Henri Marsman said earlier this week, appealing for the suspect to surrender.
Jung said she was ‘heartbroken’ when she found out that the suspect is a minor.
“As far as I know, he had no relationship with the suspect. This suspect and him had never crossed paths before. This is like the only time, so that’s what makes this homicide particularly unusual,” she said. “I know nothing about this individual.”
Jung said her father and mother immigrated to Canada from Poland in the 70s.
Christopher had been a taxi driver for more than three decades and just returned last month following a hip replacement surgery, Jung said.
“He was just in such fantastic spirits,” she added. “He was so anxious to go back on the road and drive around the city.” “My father’s future seemed promising. He had dreams and a desire to explore. I truly believe that his life was cut short.”
Jung stated that she has a slew of unresolved concerns about her father’s assassination.
She remarked, “I’m not sure if those questions will ever be answered.” “And if I get answers, I’m not sure if those questions will help me handle it better.”