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Joseph Kwaw

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The Cold Cases of York Region: Joseph Kwaw

FILE No.: 2003-179222

Residents on Pugsley Avenue were woken by the sound of two cars roaring up the street at 3:30 a.m. on September 4, 2003. After they screeched to a halt, the sound of a barrage of gunfire rang out through the neighbourhood of quaint residential homes. 

After all was quiet, 22-year-old Joseph Kwaw was lying dead on the driveway at 116 Pugsley Ave., where he had recently rented a room. He was pronounced by paramedics at the scene. 

Witnesses reported seeing people flee from the scene, but Joseph's killers have never been identified. While Joseph had just moved into the home, neighbours told investigators that he had lived in the neighbourhood for several years. 

From the cold case files

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If so, please contact the York Regional Police Cold Case Unit at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7865 or email the investigators directly. Want to remain anonymous? Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave a tip online at or text a tip by sending TIPYORK and a message to CRIMES (274637).