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Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Toronto shooting victims Jahvante Smart, 21, aka Smoke Dawg, and Ernest Modekwe, 28, known in hip-hop circles
Two men shot to death on Queen St. W., on Saturday evening have been identified as individuals who were known in Toronto’s music and hip hop community.
Police were called to the Cube nightclub in the entertainment district after what was described as a hail of gunfire.
Jahvante Smart, 21, also known as rapper Smoke Dawg, and Ernest Modekwe, 28, both were killed in the shooting. A woman suffered a non-life-threatening wound when she was also struck by a bullet.
Smart was a rapper from Regent Park who had toured with Drake. Mourners paid their condolences online on Monday.
“My name is Tifa and I am the sister of Jahvante Smart, aka Smoke Dawg. On June 30, 2018, me, my family lost out dear brother to a senseless act of violence,” Tifa wrote.
“I am still in shock and at a loss for words so I will keep you posted when I receive any updates. Please keep our family in prayer.”
Days before the shooting, Smart posted a video — filmed in part at the Atkinson Housing Co-op, known turf of the West Side Project Originals, and out front of a lowrise on Gerrard St. E. in regent Park, known turf of the Halal Gang.
In the video, Smart also wears a gold chain with “Halal Gang” hanging from it.
Smart had 13 siblings and a one-year-old daughter.
Modekwe, meanwhile, was a local music producer known as Koba.
Social media posts say he was an innocent bystander killed in the shooting.
“He was a loving son, big brother, boyfriend, employee and more. His infectious smile could light up any room he entered and he was instantly friends with anyone he met,” a post said.
“After graduating with honours from the University of Toronto (he) worked hard to help his single mom and provide for his two siblings. Beyond that, he was always looking for ways to help others.”