Anthony 'Fif' Soares

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Police release footage showing violent killing of Drake’s longtime friend

Surveillance cameras captured the horrific scene.


Kris Seavers


Posted on Sep 20, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 4:52 pm CDT

Cameras in Toronto captured a horrific scene last week, as a member of Drake’s crew was shot to death in public. 

Anthony “Fif” Soares, 33, was standing in the lobby of a high-rise building just before 3:00am on Thursday, Sept. 14, when two unidentified gunmen opened fire.

Toronto police released footage of the violent shooting (Note: The footage linked is graphic) as part of the effort to track down the killers.

The video shows Soares standing in the lobby, holding takeout food, and trying to buzz into the building when two hooded figures run up and fire shots through the glass door.

“In essence, the deceased was trapped between the inner foyer area and the offenders who were on the opposite side of the glass,” said Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux of the Toronto Police Homicide unit.

The shooters each fired more than a dozen shots. In the video, one of the shooters can be seen attempting to wipe fingerprints from the door before both shooters fled in a white Ford Fusion.

Police said Soares was rushed to a hospital for emergency surgery but attempts to save his life were unsuccessful.

Drake posted to Instagram last week to mourn his friend’s death.

“RIP to one of our family members…our brother…” Drake wrote in the post. “I still can’t even believe this morning was real. It was [an] honor to have shared years together and I will always keep your memory alive… Forever Fif.”

Police confirmed Soares was a friend of Drake’s.

“I certainly would encourage [Drake] through his tweets to encourage anybody within the community to come forward with regards to any information that they have that may assist in solving his friend’s murder,” Giroux said.

Giroux said Soares had a “criminal past” with the Toronto police, but the police don’t believe the shooting was gang-related.

“Certainly, it was very targeted. It was very focused. Certainly, it was overkill,” Giroux said.

Soares leaves behind a daughter he had with his girlfriend.

H/T Daily Mail

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*First Published: Sep 20, 2017, 8:48 am CDT