Cynthia Mullapudi was in ‘happiest period’ of life when she was shot and later died in Toronto, father says
The father of a 24-year-old woman who was gunned down in a Scarborough parking lot last Saturday night says she was “in the happiest period of her life” when she was killed.
In a speech cut short by tears, John Mullapudi-Caleb said his daughter was a dedicated volunteer at Sick Kids Hospital and a caring older sister who had recently secured a good job at a medical equipment manufacturer.
“She hoped to finish her schooling, get married and have children,” Mullapudi-Caleb said before grief overcame him. “She was so happy; I would say she was in the happiest period in her life.”
He said she was selfless and dedicated to her family.
“We never had to ask (anything) of her, it was always just in her personality.”
Cynthia was shot inside a vehicle in a parking lot near an LCBO outlet at the intersection of Ellesmere Road and Victoria Park Avenue.
She and 26-year-old Joseph Anzolona were both rushed to a hospital trauma centre and pronounced dead a short time later.
Her friend Katrina Ferro, who continued Mullapudi-Caleb’s speech when he was no longer able to do so, said Cynthia was heading out to celebrate a friend’s birthday on Apr. 30 and was in no way involved in crime.
“She was sitting in the back of a car, minding her own business; she had no involvement in any of this.”
Police have arrested a 24-year-old Toronto man in relation to the shooting. He faces two counts of first-degree murder.
Investigators are now seeking a 2006 Ford Fusion sedan they believe carried the alleged shooter away from the scene.
After the speech, attendees at the vigil lit lanterns and released them into the sky.
“Cynthia, we will always love you, we will always miss you and we will never forget the joy you brought to our lives,” Ferro said.