The community of Montreal North is in mourning after 26-year-old Jayson Colin – a man described as “generous, affable and involved” – was killed in a shooting on Wednesday evening.
Colin was shot on the grounds of a high school on rue de Charny in Montreal North around 10:20 p.m. He was taken to hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
His death was followed by an outpouring of condolences on social media from community members and politicians, including a message from Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante.
“It is with great sadness that I learned that the victim of last night’s homicide is Jayson Colin. A committed and valued young man in his community. My deepest thoughts go out to his loved ones,” reads- on in a Tweet from Plante’s account.
Christine Black, mayoress of the borough of Montreal-North, also shared her condolences online.
“I have few words to express my sadness. Jayson Colin was such a dedicated young man, committed to the borough and unparalleled kindness. The shock is immense for the community of Montreal North. My thoughts go out to his parents and loved ones. she wrote in a Tweet on Thursday.
According to the non-profit CDEC de Montréal-Nord, Colin intended to create his own community organization around his passion for hockey.
“Generous, affable and involved, he followed our training because he wanted to start his hockey organization to share his passion with young people who do not have the opportunity to practice this sport”, can we read on a post Facebook of the CDEC. “We are proud to have him with us.”
A Facebook user described Colin’s knowledge of hockey as “second to none”.
Colin’s name is added to the city’s ever-growing list of victims of gun violence.
His death is considered the 19th homicide of 2022 on the territory patrolled by the Montreal Police Service (SPVM).
The night he was shot, another shooting took place around the same time in the neighboring borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles.
A 20-year-old woman was shot and slightly injured.
Valérie Plante said that the SPVM “will do everything possible to investigate” Colin’s death.