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‘Quiet,’ ‘sweet:’ Missing Toronto mom, presumed dead, mourned at candlelit vigil

Amanda Killeen was reported missing earlier this week. Toronto police later arrived at 291 George St. where they shot Gedi Ali Gedi, Killeen’s former ...

As the sun set Friday, dozens of candles flickered outside 291 George St. to remember Amanda Killeen.

The Toronto mother was reported missing earlier this week and is now believed to be dead.

Family and friends bundled up and gathered on the sidewalk outside the apartment to mourn her sudden, tragic loss.

Known to friends as Slim, Killeen grew up nearby in Regent Park, and is remembered by loved ones as “quiet” and “sweet.”

She was a devoted mother of three. A Gofundme has been started to help provide for her children.

Coming from a tight-knit family, Killeen and her mother were “closer than a stamp and an envelope,” Killeen’s grandfather remembers.

One-by-one, small groups approached the fence of the building, lit candles spelling out her nickname and laid bouquets of flowers next to framed photos and poster boards.

After she disappeared Fri. Feb. 19, Killeen, who would have turned 33 on March 1, was reported missing by her cousin on Monday.

Loved ones believe her to be the victim in a homicide investigation, centred on the apartment building.

Early Tuesday morning, Toronto police arrived at 291 George St. in search of a missing woman, who the Star’s Rosie DiManno reports was Killeen. Gedi Ali Gedi, 45, Killeen’s former boyfriend, was shot and killed by two police officers, while Orson York, 59, has been charged with accessory after the fact to murder and committing indignity to a human body.

Police discovered human remains in their search and are now looking for a body, though they would not identify the victim.

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Angelyn Francis
Angelyn Francis is a Toronto-based reporter for the Star covering equity and inequality. Her reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach her via email: afrancis@thestar.ca
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