Bakir often posted about motorcycles and Lamborghinis on social media — as well as his beloved rottweiler, Rexx, and doberman, Diamond. His Facebook site included the handle “streetcandy,” a label also painted onto some of the motorcycles in his photos.
Maloney said Bakir had been through “some rough times,” but was the kind of friend who would “hop out of bed” at 3 a.m. “and be at your door in less than five minutes if you needed him.”
“He was the most positive uplifting person you could ever meet and really tried to change his outlook on life after escaping death (in the motorcycle crash),” Maloney said Friday.
“He was an inspiring person. Very happy and full of life. Loved everyone around him,” added Hillary Leonora, a friend who said in a brief message to The Spectator that she has known Bakir since she was a teen.
The Spectator was unable to reach family Friday, but Bereziuk said Bakir’s family members had been notified and were “devastated.”
Police closed Clifton Downs Road and taped off several houses between Bonaventure Drive and Colgate Court, a residential area off Garth Street just south of the Linc.
Bereziuk said investigators spent all night in the neighbourhood canvassing neighbours and expected to continue seeking witness accounts and video footage through Friday.
“We are appealing to the public for help,” he said. “Right now, we do not have a suspect, we do not have a suspect description and we do not know how many people were involved.”
Bereziuk said the victim was previously known to police but “has not been involved with police for quite some time.”
Bereziuk declined to say how many times the victim was shot because of the ongoing investigation.
But nearby resident Lori Brierley told The Spectator she heard three sharp bangs shortly before 9 p.m. “I wondered at the time, ‘could those be shots?’ But I just couldn’t believe it.”
Brierley said she did not notice any other disturbance before the shots — and only belatedly realized what happened after emergency responders converged on the neighbourhood.
Brierley and another neighbourhood resident, Paul Pedeneault, said Bakir had just moved into the two-storey home last month.
Pedeneault said he has seen Bakir with two dogs, but had not seen other family at the house. “Everyone is pretty surprised. We haven’t seen this sort of thing here (in the neighbourhood).”
This is Hamilton’s seventh homicide of 2018.
Police have investigated two other shootings this year about a kilometre away in a commercial plaza on Limeridge Road West, including a targeting shooting of two people in a vehicle as recently as September.
Bereziuk said he can’t link the homicide “to any other incident” based on the evidence so far.
Police are asking for witnesses or surveillance footage. If you have any information, police ask that you call Det. Richard Wouters at 905-546-4921.
To provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online.
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