Case File Overview
Candice put aside her baby shower planning on the warm spring evening to go and watch her boyfriend play basketball. By 8:00PM, Candice, her boyfriend, his cousin, and one of his teammates had piled into a vehicle and were headed to a men’s recreational basketball game in Scarborough.
When the game was done, the group made their way to Jamestown to drop off the teammate. Around 11:00PM they entered John Garland Boulevard and drove eastbound towards Jamestown Crescent. Right after they pulled a U-turn in the intersection and stopped so the teammate could hop out of the car, seemingly out of nowhere the car was hit with a spray of bullets.
Intersection of Jamestown Crescent and John Garland Boulevard
Candice was sitting in the backseat and was struck in the chest by a bullet. Amazingly no one else in the car was injured. The driver raced to Etobicoke General Hospital to get Candice help.
When they arrived at the hospital, Candice was whisked into surgery and doctors performed an emergency c-section. They delivered her baby even though she was only 24 weeks pregnant.
Candice died from her injuries shortly after the shooting, but her son Kyrie survived. However, three weeks later he died while surrounded by family at Sunnybrook’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Even though police have surveillance footage from the area, six shell casings were found near the scene, and a number of people were in the area at the time of the shooting, the police do not have any suspects.
Candice’s murder remains unsolved.
Case File Theories
A targeted killing
Was Candice targeted by her killer?
Candice, a long-time resident of Malton, had absolutely no ties to Jamestown. She had not spent time in the area and did not know anyone who lived there. By all accounts, Candice had no enemies. Also, she was not known to police. Given all of this, it is unlikely someone was targeting Candice when they shot up the car.
But was someone in the vehicle Candice was travelling in at the time of the shooting the target?
Police have reported that none of the men in the car had a criminal record or were involved in any gang activity. They also cooperated fully with the investigation and were distraught by Candice’s death. Candice’s family does not think anyone in the car was the target. They have said that Candice knew everyone in the vehicle well and would never have been with them if she thought it was unsafe for her or her baby.
Both the police and Candice’s family doubt anyone in the car had anything to do with the shooting.
Was Candice the victim of gang violence?
Gang activity and gun violence have plagued Jamestown for years. A gang based out of Driftwood Avenue in the Jane and Finch area was said to be in a turf war with a gang from Jamestown Crescent in the Kipling and Albion area at the time of Candice’s murder.
Some of the suspected gang-related shootings in the area where Candice was killed include 14-year-old Lecent Ross, who was murdered just feet away from where Candice was shot; stay-at-home-dad Donald Beckles, who was shot multiple times on the same street as Candice; and 15-year-old Jarvis Montague, who was killed during a shooting at the Jamestown housing complex.
Investigators have a theory that when the car carrying Candice pulled a U-turn to drop off one of the passengers, the vehicle drew the attention of gang members. Perhaps they thought the occupants of the car were a threat, so they fired on the vehicle.
When Candice was murdered, Toronto city officials were outraged by the death of a pregnant young mother who may have been collateral damage of the turf war.
City Councillor Vincent Cristani blamed the violence in Jamestown on a small group of people, stating, “These gangs these younger people are involved in are in turf wars. They’re carrying guns and settling their differences showing their muscle in that way.”
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said Candice’s murder had “shocked the city.”
And Mayor John Tory called Candice’s murder “a travesty.” He told the media, “This is our city and we need to stand together in the face of this kind of senseless violence.”
Who do you think murdered Candice?
Candice’s close-knit family – including her parents and five siblings – are grappling with their loss. They still recall how the once-quiet Candice grew into a jokester who loved pulling pranks and doing impressions. They even saved a recording of Candice’s cackle – something she would send in reply to any funny messages she received.
Candice was also the family planner, a role that has been hard for others to fill. She was the driving force behind organizing family get-togethers, such as bowling nights and celebration dinners. She also supported her grandparents by taking them to all of their appointments. Candice was at the heart of her family. Without her, it will never be the same.
Not only was Candice an expectant mother who was excitedly decorating Kyrie’s nursery in preparation for his arrival, but also she was the proud mom of two teenage boys. After Candice’s murder, they moved in with their Aunt Natasha and have been surrounded by love and support. But still, these young men will tragically have to make their way through the world without their loving mom.
Jackie Weir, Candice’s mom, captured the family’s heartbreak and the long-lasting impact of Candice’s death when she told the media, “There is an empty seat at the table. She’s never coming back. We have been handed a life sentence.”
On top of losing Candice, her family also had to watch helplessly as baby Kyrie fought for his life and lost. Without doubt, Kyrie’s death complicated the murder investigation. It took a long time for authorities to decide if whoever killed Candice would also be held responsible for murdering her unborn baby.
In Canada, whether or not the murder of a pregnant woman should be viewed as one homicide or two has been debated for years. Answering this question can be difficult for some people, as it entails diving into murky political and ethical arguments on when a fetus becomes a human being.
But finally, in February of 2017, Toronto Police announced the case was being considered a double murder. Whoever killed Candice now also faces a homicide charge for the murder of her son Kyrie. According to Detective Sergeant Mike Carbone, the decision took so long because it involved “a very, very complicated part of the law.”
Police still do not have any suspects in the murders and are asking members of the public to come forward with information. They believe someone out there knows something and either may not realize the information they have is important or is too scared to come forward.
Interested in unsolved true crime? Check out our podcast episode on the disappearance of Leah Roberts and our article on the unsolved murder of Betsy Aardsma.
Sources and Related Reading
“Ontario Cold Case: Baby Dies Weeks After Pregnant Mom’s Fatal Shooting.” Mississauga.com, September 19, 2019.
“Police Still Hopeful of Breakthrough in Solving Murder of Candice Rochelle Bobb.” The Star, August 10, 2018.
“Mother of Pregnant Toronto Woman Shot, Killed Last Year Pleads for Suspect to Come Forward.” Global News, May 17, 2017.
“Killer of Pregnant Candice Bobb Will Be Charged in Death of Her Baby: Police.” CBC News, February 28, 2017.
“Suspect in Shooting of Pregnant Toronto Woman Would Be Charged in Baby’s Death if Caught.” Global News, February 28, 2017.
“Candace Rochelle Bobb: Family Opens Up About Pregnant Toronto Woman’s Shooting Death.” The Hamilton Spectator, July 4, 2016.
“Funeral for Pregnant Woman Fatally Shot in Toronto to Be Held Friday, Baby Stable.” Global News, May 26, 2016.
“Gang Rivalry Possible Factor in Rochelle Bobb Shooting Death: Police Sources.” CBC News, May 16, 2016.
“The Whole City Is Outraged’: Premature Baby Clings to Life After Pregnant Woman Shot and Killed.” National Post, May 16, 2016.
“Candice Bobb.” Toronto Police Service, n.d.