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Nahom Berhane, killed in weekend Danforth stabbing, mourned by Eritrean community

09/29/2014 07:05 EDT | Updated 11/29/2014 05:59 EST
Toronto's Eritrean community is in mourning after the violent death of an activist and community worker over the weekend.

Nahom Berhane, 34, was found stabbed to death near Danny Greens Billiard, near Danforth and Greenwood avenues, early Saturday morning.

No arrests have been made, and police say they’re looking for any information about the attack. It’s not clear whether Berhane was deliberately targeted.

On Sunday, hundreds of people gathered in a community church to remember Berhane.

His sister Salem Berhane wants people to remember what a great man her brother was.

"He just knew how to lift you up when you were sad,” she said. “Just every time I saw him was a good moment.”

His sisters describe Nahom Berhane as an artist and community worker, who “was just loved by many.”

"Nahom was a beautiful spirit,” his sister Arsema Berhane said. “He was that ball of energy that ignited hope in everyone.”

She’s urging anyone with information to come forward.

"Please just cooperate with the police and share the information,” Arsema Berhane said.

“You know it's not going to bring him back, but at least this person won't do it again or hurt another family and I just urge young people specifically — let's think twice before we react. Let's not take people's lives. The human life is worth so much more.”

Nahom Berhane leaves behind a wife and two children.

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