Milton mourns the loss of man killed in shooting rampage that started in Mississauga

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Published September 13, 2022 at 11:13 am

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Friends and family of a Milton father and business owner are mourning his loss in a tragic shooting Monday.

Shakeel Ashraf, 38, a married father of two daughters, and owner of MK Auto Repair in Milton, died in the shooting on Monday, Sept. 12. Two others were injured. The gunman first shot and killed Toronto Police Const. Andrew Hong in Mississauga.

Ashraf was reportedly working at MK Auto Repairs, on Milton’s Bronte Road when he was shot and killed.

A family member tells inSauga that Ashraf was a “devoted husband” who “vowed to provide his children a better future.”

Several people posted on Facebook about Ashraf who is described as a “fixture” in the Milton Pakistani and Muslim communities. He regularly participated in and sponsored local community events, and contributed to causes.

“Let’s come together miltonians for this very well respected Bhai who left us this afternoon after a very sad and ruthless attack,” wrote Anaya Wafa on Sept. 12.

Milton councillor Sameera Ali said Ashraf was a “generous, kind and helpful human being.”

“It’s extremely sad and tragic, Shakeel was an outstanding member of the Milton community,” another community member wrote on Twitter.

The Muslim Association of Milton issued a statement on the loss of their community member.

“We lost a brave son, a loving husband, a caring father and an active member of the Milton Community from this earthly plane,” the association wrote.

They said there is no clear information on the motives for the shooting and asked people to avoid speculation. Some news reports indicate the shooter was a former employee of MK Auto Repair who was fired about four months ago.

“We also recommend that our Community provide the family with privacy at this time,” they wrote.

They added that they are working on a public fundraiser for Ashraf’s family.

Members of the cricket community are also mourning the loss of a fellow player.

“We are sad to announce that one of EOSCL Season 7 player Shakeel from Team MSA Qalandars, died in a fatal shooting today in Milton,” the EOSCL – Event Ontario Softball Cricket League posted on Facebook. “May Allah bless his soul and give strength to his family members.”

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