08/01/2013 04:05 EDT | Updated 09/30/2013 05:12 EDT

Quotes about the shooting death of an 18-year-old Toronto man by police

TORONTO - A funeral was held Thursday for an 18-year-old man who died after being shot by Toronto police. Here are some quotes from Sammy Yatim's family, police and government officials as well as members of the public:

"Please everybody, let's be strong. Stop with the tears and start with the action." — Sarah Yatim, the man's teenage sister.


"We want to be clear that we do not hold any ill will against the thousands of police officers who work to protect us each day. This is a tragedy for all involved." — Statement from the Yatim family.


"We have not come to seek revenge." — Rev. Estephanos Issa of the Syrian Orthodox Church told mourners at Yatim's funeral.

"I recognize that there is a need for answers and that the public quite rightfully expects that the matter will be thoroughly investigated. I want to assure you all that this will be done." — Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair.


"I've spoken with the involved officer and quite frankly he's devastated...He's just overwhelmed by the magnitude of everything." — Toronto Police Association president Mike McCormack.


"It's a tragic situation and certainly my heart goes out to the family." — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.


"The latest shooting by a Toronto police officer raises the question of whether it is time for the ministry to direct Ontario police services on how to de-escalate situations of conflict before they lead to the use of fatal force." — Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin.


"You were everyone's son, everyone's child."

"You asked for help and we failed you."

"You mattered."

— Messages left at the site of Yatim's shooting.