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 Friends try to fathom killing of ‘cool dude’ ✔️ Fix It Today

Friends and family of slain 22-year-old Daniel Da Silva gathered at his home yesterday to console one another and try to come to terms with his death.

Da Silva, a native of Portugal who immigrated to Canada with his family about 17 years ago, is Toronto’s ninth homicide victim of 2009. The heavily tattooed man was found slumped in his black BMW sport utility vehicle on Thursday night.

“Can you imagine how this feels?” family friend Vitalina Rolo said yesterday. “I have kids and I cannot imagine at all.”

Rolo stood in the entrance to the Da Silva family home, her eyes brimming with tears.

Da Silva’s vehicle had come to rest against the garage doors of a Toronto Animal Services building, just behind the York Civic Centre, near Eglinton Ave. W. and Keele St.

Smashed up against the building, the SUV’s lights still glared into the night hours after a passerby peered into the vehicle’s tinted windows, thought he saw two bodies, and called 911 around 7 p.m.

Sources said yesterday that a second person, who had been inside the vehicle when shots rang out, ran for his life after Da Silva was injured.

He escaped unscathed, the sources said, and later called police from a safe location.

Da Silva, who was pronounced dead at the scene, loved to play hockey and party late into the night, and worked for a concrete company, family friends said.

He was heavily tattooed and owned the pricey SUV in which he was found dead.

“He was just a cool dude who just liked…

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