One Year Removed

BereavementIt's been one year since Jane Creba was shot and killed last Boxing Day. It was outside the Footlocker near Yonge and Dundas and her death shook this city up. It certainly shook up visitors to this site.

At the time I wasn't allowing comments on entries, but I did allow Guest Blogs. Here's what we had to say.

What have we learnt? Has anything changed? One year removed from the year of the gun, do we feel any safer on our streets?

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Put an end to the bullshit. An innocent white girl was shot, what about the forgotten black ones?

December 26, 2006 @ 12:11 PM

Mike Boon

I've heard this argument before. I've heard people say if Jane Creba wasn't a blond white girl, this story would have fizzled out before 2005 was up.

Without a doubt the media seems to gravitate toward attractive white victims (Jon Benet, Laci Peterson), but this shooting struck a nerve with this city and not because Jane happened to be white.

When I wrote that first entry about her on December 27, 2006, I had no idea what colour her skin was. It was the year of the gun in this city and a 15-year old girl was shot and killed on Boxing Day near the Eaton Centre in the middle of the day while out with her family. That's what got me. It was a holiday, it was the heart of the city and it was daylight. The colour of her skin never entered my mind as a factor as to whether this mattered or not.

December 26, 2006 @ 1:46 PM


Your response (regardless of race) is dead on. It's too bad other's are too hung up with the racial issue. We didn't know if Jane Creba was black or white when she was shot last year & the true feelings were written.
U have to realize Jane's senseless death had an impact with a lot of people who took a look at their own kids a said it could have them.

December 26, 2006 @ 2:26 PM


"It's too bad other's are too hung up with the racial issue."

As if you aren't. What I'm certain you can't deny, that the moment you like most in your position, determined that Creba was young, white and outside the confines of those forgettably homogenous ghettos, that the resulting response was entirely out of character even for Torontonias so used to the weekly shooting episodes.

Never prior to Creba was there the unprecidented response of all three levels of government -- provincial, municipal and federal -- meeting all at once and within weeks of a Toronto shooting incident. I don't recall the last time media devoted front page and six o'clock news slots to Shaquan Cadougan one year following his unfortunate indicent, and he was eleven years Creba's junior!

Regardless, it's been one whole year. Your grieving should have ended ages ago, regardless of who was shot. Precisely why people elevate Creba with their non-stop memorials and get-togethers, who at the core of her person no different than any other human being, in the manner that they do, just begs to be put under the flame of scrutiny -- especially as all this attention contrasts with the lack of similar paid to other innocent victims of gun violence, the majority of who are non-white.

These observations aren't just made by non-whites with some sort of agenda either; they are also made by perceptive whites, both in the media and out. Why do you and Boon neglect to acknowledge this?

December 28, 2006 @ 12:20 PM

Mike Boon

Two wrongs don't make a right. I openly admitted that the media seems to gravitate toward attractive white victims and that's wrong, but does ignoring Jane's death one year later make it right?

Regardless of skin colour or social class I'd like to live in a city where 15 year olds can visit Yonge Street on Boxing Day with their families and not fear for their lives.

Not everything has to be about race.

December 28, 2006 @ 3:04 PM


"Not everything has to be about race."

But it inevitably will be. If youth and innocence are the biggest catalysts for the loudest of outcries, well, the Creba episode has been beaten. Alas, the natural conclusion to be drawn in her case is that she too was young and innocent, like Shaquan Cadougan, but her overriding characteristic was that her melanin content was a trifle less concentrated.

That said, I'd like to live in a city where /four year olds/ can sit in their own /front yards/ and not fear for their lives.

December 29, 2006 @ 12:42 PM

Mike Boon

"That said, I'd like to live in a city where /four year olds/ can sit in their own /front yards/ and not fear for their lives."

We agree.

December 29, 2006 @ 12:44 PM

Emilia Liz

Oh, U, I'm sure Mr. Boon wants to live in a place where Black four-year-olds get shot at while doing nothing more guilty than sitting in their front yard.

Look, I don't deny that race may have played a role in the sympathy doled out to Ms. Creba, but the way that some people have used her death to scream about racism is disgusting.

January 10, 2007 @ 5:06 PM

Emilia Liz

By the way, a great deal of attention has been given - as it should - to the murder of Jean Springer, a 60-year-old Black woman in Toronto. So it's not that non-White murder victims are afforded less concern than White ones.

I'm happy that Ms. Springer's killer has been caught. It appears he is mentally ill, so he's probably best confined to a psychiatric institution for the rest of life to protect society from him.

January 10, 2007 @ 8:29 PM

Emilia Liz

"Regardless, it's been one whole year. Your grieving should have ended ages ago, regardless of who was shot."

What a wellspring of compassion you are, U.

March 24, 2007 @ 2:23 PM

Emilia Liz

I think the outrage over the death of Ephraim Brown calls into the idea that the only reason people were upset at Creba's murder was because she was White.

August 14, 2007 @ 4:31 AM

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