A lot of chatter is going on right now in and outside of the community. A lot of tears too. The Gazette, CTV, and some other media outlets have already run some stories and follow ups. These weren't bad kids and they certainly didn't deserve to be taken from this life at such an early age. Sure, they were trespassing and shouldn't have been there in the first place, doing graffiti, but that isn't any reason to speak negatively about them or their lives. It isn't any reason to shit talk them or use this tragedy to showcase one's imagined moral superiority. All three of them were aged 17-19. They obviously had lives outside of their graffiti activities, loved ones, family, and friends who are all mourning the loss of these young men.
I didn't know Jays but was hoping to meet him at some point to chat about his writing. He was a pretty active writer getting up all over the place. From what I gather from talking to a few people who knew him he was a good kid, caring, fun, happy, and the kind of person who thought of others before himself. I actually met Aber at the TA Wall a couple months back in June. He was there accompanying Meor painting. He seemed like a nice kid with a good disposition. It's unfortunate that I didn't take the opportunity to chat with him more at that time. I didn't know the third young man who died that night, but many have spoken of his kindness and how he touched those he had met only recently.
There is talk of a memorial wall to be done over at John Abbott College in the West Island and others elsewhere. I've also come across a number of RIPs out there on the streets already. There's a nice one by Bosny too that I haven't caught yet but expect to in the near future. I've put together pics of graff by Jays and Aber, and some Funk Crew hits as a sort of memorial here too.You'll see some shots I've already posted previously but I figured that I would repost them together in this one. Most of my shots are of Jays stuff too as Aber wasn't as prolific or I just didn't find as much of his stuff. Regardless, here's what I've got.
My condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones.