Police release disturbing CCTV footage of the moment Drake's friend was murdered

Toronto police have made the decision to release shocking CCTV footage that shows the moment a close friend of rapper Drake was murdered in an ambush.

Anthony Soares was shot dead by two masked gunmen as he waited to be buzzed into an apartment building just before 3am on September 14.

Anthony is survived by his toddler daughter. Copyright: [Splash News]

The men opened fire through a glass door at close range, with Soares having nowhere to run as the men gunned him down before fleeing into a waiting getaway car.

Security cameras caught the entire attack, as well as catching the four-door, white Ford Fusion car that allowed the attackers to escape as 33-year-old Soares died on the ground.

Police are urging anybody with information to come forward. Copyright: [Splash News]

Authorities have made the decision to release the disturbing footage in a bid to identify the killers, with Homicide Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux explaining: “In essence, the deceased was trapped between the inner foyer area and the offenders, who were on the opposite side of the glass.”

Following his brutal murder, Drake took to Instagram to pay tribute to his friend.

Sharing a photo of Soares, who was father to a young daughter, the star wrote: “RIP to one of our family members… Our brother… I still can’t even believe this morning was real.

“It was a honour to have shared years together and I will always keep your memory alive.”

Detectives have urged Drake to use his fame to help track down the killers. Copyright: [Getty]

Detective Sergeant Giroux urged Drake to use his fame to try and find the culprits, saying: “Many of the family members have met Drake and I certainly would encourage him, through his tweets, to encourage anybody within the community to come forward with regards to any information they may have that might assist in solving his friend’s murder.”

Anyone with information on Anthony Soares’ murder is asked to contact Toronto police on 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously on 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).