Born in Iraq, Maurice Yacoob emigrated to Canada and changed his name to Young. He lived in Toronto, where he owned several stores and properties. In 1987, he was about to close on a property at 1 Duke Street in Hamilton, but the transaction deteriorated and ended up in a lawsuit.
On December 14, 1987, Mr. Young attended one of his businesses on Upper James when he was confronted in the parking lot by a male in his 20s. There was a heated exchange before the male shot Young and fled the scene. Mr. Young was rushed to hospital and underwent emergency surgery. He didn’t recover and ultimately succumbed to his injuries on March 19, 1988.
Mr. Young suffered a series of strokes that affected his memory before his death; however, he indicated he recognized his attacker and believed the shooting was a result of the ongoing lawsuit.
A male was arrested but never charged in the murder. It remains unsolved.
Anyone with information about this homicide is being asked to contact S/Sgt Dave Oleniuk of the Homicide Unit at 905-546-3829.