Family and friends gathered at a Toronto mosque on Tuesday to pay their final respects to Ahmed Hassan, the man who died after being shot in the Eaton Centre last Saturday.


The 25-year-old is believed to have ties to the same gang as his alleged killer, Christopher Husbands, 23, of Toronto.


Husbands, Hassan and a 23-year-old man who was wounded were all part of the same gang, police say, although they haven't provided any more specifics.


Despite the gang affiliations, police don't believe the shooting was gang-motivated; rather, "personal aspects" were at play, according to Det. Sgt. Brian Borg.


The imam who delivered the eulogy, Said Rageah, said the funeral is one of more than 30 that he has presided over in the past two years for young Somali men who've died violently in Toronto and Fort McMurray, Alta.


He said many of the problems begin at home.


"The parents do know, but they are hopeless; they cannot do anything," he said outside the mosque. "A lot of parents, they cannot communicate with their kids and the kids cannot communicate with their parents. And the parents do not understand the system, how things work, they don't understand the gangsters' mind, all that."


Rageah also said education is a problem. "All of that needs to be addressed," he said. "It's not a problem that can addressed in one day or one minute."


Hassan's father flew in from Edmonton, but did not speak to the media.


Hassan's cousin Khadija Abdi, speaking after the service in the Rexdale and Martin Grove area, accused police and the media of painting a picture that said, "it is okay Ahmed is killed, but the Canadian society is safe, the Eaton Centre is safe, the Canadians [are safe], he was a criminal, he deserved to die."


Husbands, 23, is charged with one count of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder.


His father would not talk to CBC News on camera, only saying that Husbands was a good kid who fell in with the wrong crowd.






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  • Flowers lie at the door as a member of a cleaning crew is pictured in the empty foyer of Toronto's Eaton Centre on Sunday, June 3, 2012. Police continue to investigate the Saturday's shooting which resulted in one death and seven injuries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

  • Members of a cleaning crew are pictured in the window of Toronto's Eaton Centre on Sunday, June 3, 2012. Police continue to investigate the Saturday's shooting which resulted in one death and seven injuries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

  • A police officer is pictured in the empty foyer of Toronto's Eaton Centre, as a colleague and his police cruiser is reflected in the window, on Sunday, June 3, 2012. Police continue to investigate the Saturday's shooting which resulted in one death and seven injuries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

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    Toronto police order bystanders to clear a path so EMS can move the injured to transport. (Brian Trinh)

  • A male gunshot victim lies on the floor at the Urban Eatery food court in Toronto's Eaton Centre as EMS tends to his wounds. (Brian Trinh)

  • A female victim lies on the second floor at the Eaton Centre as EMS tends to her injuries. (Brian Trinh)

  • Male gunshot victim lies on the floor at the Urban Eatery food court in Toronto's Eaton Centre. (Brian Trinh)

  • Mall security officers escort workers during the chaos. (Brian Trinh)

  • Toronto police seal off entrances to the Eaton Centre to conduct their interior search. (Brian Trinh)

  • The intersection of Yonge and Dundas was blocked off while Toronto police conducted their search for the shooter. (Brian Trinh)

  • The scene outside the Queen Street entrance of the Eaton Centre on Saturday, June 2, 2012. (Brian Trinh)

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford watches the activity outside the Eaton Centre in Toronto, Saturday, June 2, 2012. A shooting that sparked mass panic at Toronto's Eaton Centre killed one person Saturday and injured seven others. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Victor Biro