Anti-gun activist's son arrested
Police find two guns hidden in man's pants
Apr. 2, 2006. 01:00 AM
The son of a Toronto anti-gun violence activist faces multiple gun-related charges after he was arrested with two sawed-offrifles hidden down his pants.
Police from the Emergency Task Force surrounded the house of Kadfi Farquharson, 23, on Duncanwoods Rd. in the Finch and Islington area just before 4 p.m. yesterday after being called to the area by a man who said someone had tried to shoot him.
Farquharson's mother, Julia Farquharson, is a founding member of United Mothers Opposing Violence Everywhere (UMOVE), and speaks to dozens of groups across the city to plead for an end to gun violence.
Yesterday the man called police after getting into an argument with a group of four men. He told police that after turning his back on the men, someone shot at him once. Police aren't sure whether the victim knew his shooter or what brought about the alleged attack.
When Kadfi Farquharson emerged from his house police searched him and found two sawed-off rifles concealed in his pants. Police also arrested a 17-year-old boy with ammunition for a high-powered rifle.
"Our belief is that these two men were part of the group of four that argued with the victim," said Staff Sgt. Ian Lamon of Toronto police.
Along with the two guns, police also recovered one shell casing from a bullet.
Julia Farquharson's oldest son, Kadfi Farquharson's brother, Segun, 24, was shot in the back and killed in a parking lot outside his home in May 2001 after being lured outside by a phone call. The murder has not been solved.
Julia Farquharson also worked with the Humber Summit Resource Centre, a United Way agency, on after-school programs for North York children.
Following Toronto's increase in gun violence in 2005 the mother of three said police need to get more serious about crime among young black men.
"They should be looking at these lives as if it were their own lives," she said.
Julia Farquharson also said police should institute spot checks for guns in high-crime neighbourhoods, along the lines of roadside R.I.D.E. programs