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'We will love you forever': Former Halifax high school football standout victim in shooting


The young man killed in a Halifax shooting Friday is being remembered as a kind soul and an elite athlete.

Triston Reece, 19, died early Saturday morning from injuries sustained in a Friday afternoon shooting on Scot Street in the city’s west end.

“Words can’t do this young man justice,” stated a Facebook post from the Citadel High School Phoenix football team, with whom Reece was a former all-star defensive lineman.

“He was a loving son, a leader, a kind soul, an elite athlete, a great teammate, an all-star, a champion, and a young man with the brightest of futures.”

Dale Russell responded on Facebook to the Phoenix post.

“There are no words for losing your heartbeat and greatest gift from God a mother could have,” Russell wrote. “I am so grateful and overwhelmed by the love and kindness from family and friends and the amazing amount of people who loved my son.

“Triston was my hero! His way, his wisdom and that miĺlion-dollar smile will live on. To all the young men and women that knew and loved my son, I challenge you as Triston would to embrace his determination, to reach for that dream or goal that will make him smile from heaven. We will not allow the way Triston was ripped from this life to define him. Let’s let the way he lived and loved the game of football, Jesus and his family and friends define him.”

Russell thanked everyone for the calls, texts, messages and hugs.

“To my family, my friends, Triston’s friends and my colleagues and all that Triston touched, thank you, my heart thanks you.”

The Citadel Phoenix post says Reece was taken from the world “far too early,” and the entire community is devastated.

“Citadel Football sends their full support and love to his family, friends, and teammates. Every day spent with Triston was a blessing. He showed up with a positive attitude and always put the team before himself. He was an all-time great and someone who made his mark on our program and community from Day 1.”

“Our entire Citadel community is shook to its core. Rest in peace, Triston Reece. We will love you forever.”

On Friday afternoon, Jeff Parrott heard popping sounds while playing his soprano saxophone at the far end of the Atlantic Superstore building on Joseph Howe Drive.

“I never thought much of it,” said Parrott. “There was a party going on and the music was playing so I just thought they were shooting off firecrackers.”

He said 15 minutes later, between 5 and 5:30 p.m., he saw Halifax Regional Police officers cordoning off a section of Scot Street near the corner of Desmond Avenue.

When he went to investigate, he said the area was surrounded by police cars. The incident happened roughly 100 metres from where he was busking, he said.

People who had gathered around the police tape told Parrott it was a drive-by shooting.

Halifax Regional Police said in a news release “there is no suspect(s) information.” Police say the major crime unit and general investigation section of the integrated criminal investigation division are conducting the homicide investigation.

A woman living in an apartment on the corner of Desmond Avenue and Scot Street said she heard three shots Friday afternoon. Three men who had gathered in the area said the man had been shot in the head and was a victim of a drive-by shooting but none of them saw the incident.

A silver car sat on Scot Street with its four doors open. Debris lay on the ground below the driver’s-side door.

Scot Street is located off Joseph Howe Drive near the Superstore. A section between Desmond Avenue and Joseph Howe Drive had been cordoned off. Desmond and Rowe Avenue, remained closed to traffic at 7 p.m. At about 7:30, a regional police mobile command vehicle arrived on scene.

Lillian Brennan, who lives on Rowe Avenue, said she saw two men running up her street around 5 p.m. She said her daughter walked toward Scot Street and was greeted by several police officers.

“She found out it was a shooting and we’re shocked,” said Brennan. “Things like this don’t happen in our neighbourhood. It’s so quiet”

Colby Patterson lives on Bayers Road and said shortly after he arrived home at about 5 p.m., he saw an ambulance with its sirens and lights on leaving Desmond Avenue.

“It’s a surprise, obviously, but gun violence seems to be on the rise in the city,” said Patterson.

The Phoenix post says Reece was a former Team Nova Scotia player.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-8477.

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