Cop to stand trial for murder in fatal streetcar shooting

Toronto Const. James Forcillo, wife Irini and lawyer Peter Brauti arrive at Old City Hall Tuesday,...

Toronto Const. James Forcillo, wife Irini and lawyer Peter Brauti arrive at Old City Hall Tuesday, April 22, 2014, for his preliminary hearing for second-degree murder charge in Sammy Yatim shooting on TTC streetcar. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

Michele Mandel, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:26 AM ET

TORONTO -- At Old City Hall comes the only decision that could satisfy this city.

Following a preliminary hearing, a judge has committed Const. James Forcillo to stand trial for second-degree murder in the troubling shooting of teen Sammy Yatim last July on an empty streetcar.

The flurry of bullets that struck the knife-wielding 18-year-old still echo to this day.

Bang after bang after bang after bang after bang after bang after bang after bang after bang. Nine shots fired at a skinny kid standing at the streetcar doors with a puny blade that glinted in the headlights of a cavalry of police cars that had arrived on the scene.

His death didn't make sense. Not then, and not a year later. But our myriad of questions stand a better chance of being answered now with a trial slated to go ahead sometime in 2015.


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