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Concert promoter Tyler McLean and Afghan translator Zemarai Khan Mohammed were shot dead in October 2017

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A gun dealer who took two friends’ lives because of “an insignificant fight” outside a Toronto nightclub four years ago continues to “deny responsibility.”

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Tanade Mohamed, 28, was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison for the second-degree murder of Zemarai Khan Mohammed, 26, and 15 years for manslaughter in the murder of Tyler McLean, 25, in the Rebel parking lot on October 1, 2017.

“The chain of events that led to these two killings began with an insignificant fight,” Judge Peter Bawden said as he described the argument and quarrels as people left the waterfront at 3 p.m.

“I know he (Mohamed) continues to this day to take every opportunity to deny responsibility for his actions in order to avoid liability.”

The fatal incident happened after two fights between Mohamed and McLean outside the club at Poulson St.

The first was at a hot dog stand and the second when McLean was heading toward the parking lot.

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A Toronto Police crime mark is seen on a Volvo bumper covered in blood spray in the parking lot next to the Rebel nightclub on Poulson St.  Sunday, October 1, 2017. Jack Boland / Toronto Sun.
A Toronto Police crime mark is seen on a Volvo bumper covered in blood spray in the parking lot next to the Rebel nightclub on Poulson St. Sunday, October 1, 2017. Jack Boland / Toronto Sun.

Both quarrels were broken down by McLean’s friend, Mohammed, who the referee said played peacemaker twice within minutes.

Shortly afterwards, Mohamed and his friend Abdirisaq Ali – who was acquitted on October 4 – drove a Dodge Durango into the lottery to follow McLean and Mohammed.

Mohamed left the car and ran towards McLean.

Mohammed tried to defend his friend and beat Mohamed – who then shot him in the head and killed him instantly.

McLean jumped on the side of the truck as it tried to flee, and Mohamed shot the popular concert promoter in the chest.

“These events have taken place in a city that in recent years has been plagued by similar cases of unprovoked shootings in public areas,” the judge said.

Toronto Police remove one of the victim's cars - a BMW - from the parking lot next to the Rebel nightclub on Poulson St.  Sunday, October 1, 2017. Jack Boland / Toronto Sun.
Toronto Police remove one of the victim’s cars – a BMW – from the parking lot next to the Rebel nightclub on Poulson St. Sunday, October 1, 2017. Jack Boland / Toronto Sun.

Bawden noted that Mohammed had come to Canada from Afghanistan after serving as an interpreter for Canadian soldiers for four years.

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“It is especially painful to consider that after the many dangers Mr Khan Mohammed faced in keeping Canadian soldiers safe in Afghanistan, he lost his own life in Canada in such a harsh and meaningless way,” Bawden said.

At the sentencing, the judge highlighted that Mohamed had been dealing in cocaine for at least two years and had a gun since 2016.

“Mr Mohamed was thoroughly invested in the lifestyle of being a drug dealer and in his view that gave him the right to carry a gun,” Bawden said, adding later that it “gives rise to a derogatory sentence that will send a message” “to the many other young men like him involved in drug trafficking. The message is that drug traffickers are not allowed to carry firearms.”

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The judge also spoke about the 17 declarations of impact on victims and how the families felt cut off from procedures performed solely by Zoom due to COVID.

He said he regretted that “much of the human element was lost in this Zoom procedure.”

Mohamed is not eligible for parole for 18 years.

slaurie@postmedia.com

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