A grieving Melbourne dad has spoken of his heartache in a public appeal to find the men who shot dead his son.
Rising rap artist Chris Habiyakare, 24, was gunned down in front of his friends at his Sunshine Coast home in what police believe was a targeted attack on August 24.
The shooting left Chris’s dad Belthrand Habiyakare “broken”.
“I’m a Christian and therefore inclined to forgive but I can only forgive once I know the whole truth,” Habiyakare told reporters on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old’s father admits his son got caught up in the wrong crowd but didn’t deserve to be killed.
“I can’t even sleep. I’m always on the lookout for anyone. I don’t know who did it and the motive,” Habiyakare added.
“I’m constantly wondering if they’re coming for my other sons and it’s very heavy.”
Around 8.30pm on the Tuesday night, a group of men ambushed Chris inside his home after knocking on his door.
His friends ran from the property, with one woman forced to smash a window to get out.
A fight then broke out in which Chris was shot, before the offenders fled.
Chris died at the scene after one of his friends ran back to the home and called emergency services.
Detective Inspector Tim Day was it was clear the attack was targeted.
“The focus of that night was Chris and their aim was to kill him,” he said.
On Wednesday, police released images of two males they are looking to identify as part of the investigation.
“There will be people in the community that will know the why… why this has happened… why they stormed the house,” Day said.
“Those who killed Chris will have told someone.
“Why is the key. Why is almost always the key… from why generally comes the who, the what, the when, the where and the how.”
Three days before he was killed, a fight broke out at Chris’s home.
Police are now trying to determine if there are any links between that incident and the shooting.
Detectives are keen to speak to anyone with information or who might have footage from the area between 5pm and 10pm on August 24.
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