BEIRUT: A Lebanese student was shot dead in Montreal Monday night, almost two years after his brother suffered a similar fate in Ottawa, the mayor of his hometown told The Daily Star Tuesday.
The mayor of Tyre’s Burj Qalaway, Mohammad Noureddine, said neither he nor the family had all the details of the death of Mohammad Serhan, a Lebanese-Canadian pursuing his studies in Montreal.
“All that we know is that some unknown people shot at him and he died,” the mayor told The Daily Star.
Noureddine said the family had still not been contacted by a Canadian official regarding the death, and was obtaining the updates about their son from the internet.
The mayor said the family still had not received information regarding the other son, Hamzeh Serhan, who was shot in 2017 in Ottawa.
Canadian broadcaster CBC reported at the time that Ottawa police charged a man identified as Farah Handule with second-degree murder. The CBC reported that Hamzeh Serhan was shot in Ottawa’s Carlington neighborhood in September 2017.
Local media quoted the family as saying that Mohammad Serhan may have been killed since he had been following up on his brother’s murder. Hamzeh Serhan was studying medicine in Canada. The mayor said neither brother had businesses in the country. Noureddine said the family would hold Mohammad Serhan’s burial in his hometown, after the Canadian authorities finalized the procedures.
According to the CBC, Montreal ranks one of the lowest for crime rates in Canada, with 4,100 incidents per 100,000 people in 2015, while Ottawa, Quebec City and Toronto rank even lower.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 29, 2019, on page 2.