Car used in fatal drive-by shooting recovered in Hamilton as victim’s family shares statement


Published March 18, 2024 at 3:35 pm

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On the heels of the discovery of the car used in the drive-by shooting which killed a man in downtown Hamilton, the victim’s family has shared a statement on their heartbreak.

Alexander Circiumaru, 19 of Hamilton, was shot down in a brazen daytime drive-by shooting shortly before 1 p.m. on March 6, according to Hamilton Police. He was attacked in front of the Service Ontario at 119 King St. W.

When first responders arrived, Circiumaru was alive and rushed to the hospital. However, he succumbed to his injuries a short time later. Medical examiners performed an autopsy the next day, around the time police publically confirmed Circiumaru’s identity.

Alexander Circiumaru Hamilton Police

At the time, investigators reported a man had jumped out of a car while Circiumaru was walking down the street and fired several shots at the victim. The shooter hopped back in the car and fled from the scene through crowded downtown streets.

The car fled west on King St. and was last seen near the intersection with Queen St. Police described the shooter as dressed all in black clothing and wearing a face mask

Nearly two weeks later, police confirmed they had found the car used in the shooting, a black Honda Civic, in the city’s east end. Detectives are currently working to track the car’s movements through the city since the day of the shooting.

The same day as the shooting Circiumaru’s family shared a statement saying, “We have no words to express our heartbreak, we can only keep praying for justice.”

“The man who maliciously, with no care for human life, took our son…will be brought to justice,” they continued, “The individual has no right to be a part of society and to be free. You’re a danger to this world.”

The family thanked a man who tried to save Circiumaru with CPR until first responders arrived and the first responders themselves. They additionally thanked attendees at a vigil, the funeral home and the cemetery.

“We ask and beg anyone who knows anything, please come forward. You can be anonymous… This is our son. His life was just beginning. Try, just try putting yourself in our shoes. How can anyone take Alexander’s life and the evil, hated way he was gunned down,” they wrote.

Hamilton murder suspect

“Focus on finding justice. Do not let our son’s name be forgotten. He was loving, kind, caring and had a good heart. He was a little brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and grandson. He will forever be in our hearts and missed,” they concluded, “We love you to the moon and stars and infinity.”

Circiumaru’s death is the second of the year in Hamilton. It came less than a month after Kuldip Singh, 56, was killed in Stoney Creek.

Anyone with information can call police at 905-546-3874  or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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