Oshawa murder victim ‘always gave to others’

A friend of 21-year-old murder victim Ahmed Buttu is “devastated” by the death of the Oshawa man she says was generous, outgoing and funny.

“Devastated. [I feel] empty. It feels like a dream,” says Melissa Pantalleresco, 19, after learning about the death of Buttu, her friend for about five years.

On Wed. Feb. 28, Durham Regional Police (DRPS) found Buttu suffering from obvious signs of trauma in his Oshawa home on Langford Street (in the Harmony Road-Adelaide Avenue area). He later died at the scene.

“He was very outgoing and funny. He always gave to others and never expected anything in return. He had such a big future ahead of him,” adds Pantalleresco.

Mohammad Khan, an 18-year old male from who lives on Burns Street East in Whitby, was arrested and charged in connection to the homicide. Police say Khan is in custody and faces one charge of second-degree murder. Police believe the attack was targeted.

Buttu’s death is Durham Region’s second homicide of 2019. A post-mortem is underway and DRPS say there will be an update on the results next week.