Friday, May 6, 2016
Vigil held for Cynthia Mullapudi, 24 who was fatally shot in car at an LCBO in the Victoria Park Ave.-Ellesmere Rd. of Toronto
“Enough is enough,” said John Mullapudi at a candlelight vigil for his daughter on Friday evening.
Cynthia Mullapudi, 24, and Joseph Anzolona, 24, were shot to death on the evening of April 29 while sitting in the back of a SUV at an LCBO in the Victoria Park Ave.-Ellesmere Rd. area.
Two people in the front seats weren’t injured.
Police say Anzolona — who was known to them — was the target of the shooting. A Toronto man has been charged with first degree murder.
“My daughter’s life was taken just like that,” a weeping Mullapudi told a gathering of about 200 at New Life Christian Church in Scarborough.
“We will never know if she was in pain or scared in her last moments.”
Mullapudi told the crowd how his daughter was working towards a medical degree at University of Toronto and volunteered a Sick Kids Hospital.
“I remember how she would come home from Sick Kids so happy that she could make a child laugh,” he said.
“She was a kind, passionate woman who was heading in the right direction. I had many hopes and dreams for her.”
Mullapudi’s wife and two youngest daughters were by his side.
“There is a void that can’t be filled. She was her younger sister’s role model. She was a good girl.”
Mullapudi’s friend, Katrino Ferro, says she doesn’t want people to just think of this as the city’s 28th homicide.
“Cynthia was a beautiful person who had just begun her life. She was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Ferro said.