Kiowa Wind McComb was stabbed to death outside Gucci’s Bar and Grill on Jane Street in 2016. He was the Indigenous Youth Intern at the ROM at the time of his death.
“We did get a question about the wind in the hair of the horses, so we talked about Kiowa,” recalls McCue. “I got a little bit more emotional than I thought I would.”
Lauren Lavallee had been dating McComb for two years at the time of his death. She was at the unveiling and was gifted a shawl, a cultural tradition for a grieving person, and only realized the nod to McComb in the mural after McCue explained it.
The Toronto police are asking for help finding two people who were witnesses in the murder of Kiowa McComb, killed earlier this year outside Gucci’s Bar and Grill.
The police are trying to “shame” the two individuals into coming forward. They would have been only “feet away from the stabbing”, said Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux. They “would have seen the entire [murder] unfold in front of them.”
Kiowa McComb was allegedly killed by Andre Appleton, who has been arrested and is in custody. Appleton and McComb were, the police say, involved in a fight that led to McComb being stabbed in the neck. Kiowa McComb’s brother was also stabbed in the abdomen.
The male witness was clearly “shocked and horrified” by the blood loss on the street, and both fled the area soon after.
The two people frequent bars in the Jane Street corridor Giroux said, and the woman’s name may be “Layla”. They are not suspects. The police are hoping that these two witnesses will come forward to provide evidence.