Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Sukh Deo 34, Former Vancouver Gangster Murdered Near Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto
The luxury vehicle on Cowbell Lane, just steps from the busy Yonge-Eglinton intersection had at least 14 bullet holes visible on the driver’s side window.
Sukh’s uncle in Vancouver, Sohan Deo, confirmed it was his nephew who was killed.
The dead man’s father Parminder got a call from someone in Ontario, Sohan Deo said, and headed to Vancouver airport to get a flight to Toronto.
Parminder called his brother before he left.
“The family is very upset,” Sohan Deo said. “It is terrible.”
He said his nephew, who was married with young children, had moved to Toronto a few years ago and was running a trucking company with a friend.
“I went there in May and I stayed with him a few days. He took me to where those trucking businesses are,” Deo said.
He said he has no idea why his nephew would have been targeted.
“I really can’t say anything. It’s hard for me to say anything because he was over there,” he said.
Sukh Deo was well-known to police in British Columbia's Lower Mainland and was a suspect in at least one continuing investigation here 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, B.C. where police later arrested several suspects.
Sukh’s father Parminder is wanted on an Interpol warrant on drug smuggling charges laid in India. He earlier told the Vancouver Sun he was innocent and had hired a lawyer in the Punjab to fight the case.
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.
“All our kids, they watched him on that day,” Deo said. “He was a really big fan of that team. He always goes to watch the games.”
Two men are wanted in Deo’s murder., police said. They were seen fleeing the area in a black car. Both were wearing construction vests — one green and one orange.
In B.C., Sukh Deo had convictions for resisting a police officer, driving while suspended and assault.
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