Family Whose Son Died in Muzik Club Shooting Mourns Loss and Looks For Answers

TORONTO, Aug. 13, 2015 /CNW/ - The family of 23-year-old Duvel Hibbert of Brampton who was killed in a double shooting at the Muzik nightclub, is trying to make sense of last Tuesday's deadly shooting.

"As a family, we're struggling to understand what happened at the club that night, and how our son could die so tragically," said Hibbert's mother Auline Lewis, a Brampton Developmental service worker. "No one deserves to die this way, under any circumstances."

At approximately 3:30 am on August 4th, police were called to the packed Muzik nightclub at Exhibition Place, where Duvel Hibbert was found dead on the club's outdoor patio. A young woman found nearby with gunshot wounds, died in hospital. Three others were hurt in the gunfire. The club has now been the scene of three shootings in the past three years.

"Muzik has a responsibility to ensure its patrons are safe," said Michael Smitiuch, of Smitiuch Injury Law PC. "The club's owner owes it to the public to do better, before anyone else is hurt or killed."

Smitiuch, who is advocating on behalf of Duvel Hibbert's family, is in contact with police and the provincial coroner's office, to find out more about the circumstances surrounding the young man's death.

"The family is hoping some good can come of this tragedy," added Smitiuch. "The onus should be on Muzik and the City's licensing services to make sure there's adequate security, especially when the club is crowded. Clearly people's lives depend on it."

Duvel Hibbert, who lived with his mother in Brampton, was planning to make a new start and move to Windsor with his girlfriend, before the fatal shooting. Duvel was four when he arrived in Canada from England. Several family members from England are making arrangements to attend his funeral, which will be held on August 29th.

SOURCE Smitiuch Injury Law Professional Corporation

For further information: Michael Smitiuch, mike@sil.lawyer 416-621-1551; Danna O'Brien, danna@obriencommunications.ca, 416-500-0699

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