By Alex Consiglio
The Toronto Star
Bloomy and Jovito Favila will never help build the massive Lego Star Wars Falcon ship they bought their son for Christmas. Nor will they fulfil their son’s dream of visiting Disneyland.
Friends and family were in the Favilas’ kitchen in Ajax Wednesday, the adults eating from a buffet, the children running through the kitchen and down some stairs, yelling.
All seemed normal, but upstairs, Bloomy and Jovito were grieving the tragic death of their 7-year-old son Jacoub, killed in a hit-and-run on New Year’s Day.
In the hallway downstairs, a child ran by the Favila Christmas tree, screaming: “Are we going to see Jacoub? Are we going to see Jacoub?” A woman caught up, hugged him, and asked him to eat.
“I don’t want to eat. I want Jacoub, ” the child said, bringing tears to the woman’s eyes as Bloomy and her husband Jovito joined them downstairs. The couple carried a picture of Jacoub, who had requested the Lego Star Wars ship for Christmas and should have been building it with his relatives this week.
Instead, his distraught parents wept in their hallway as they pleaded for justice.
On the way home Tuesday from visiting family in Mississauga, the Favilas had their twin sons in their Honda Odyssey, along with their two other children.
On Hwy. 401, near Dixie Rd., a silver Hummer H2 allegedly slammed into the Odyssey’s rear-end, crushing the passenger side, where Jacoub sat.
“Our son Jacoub was the only one hurt, ” said Jovito Favila. “Our boy saved our lives.”
Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Dave Woodford said the Hummer nearly drove right over the van. The driver then allegedly sped off, exited the highway and abandoned the Hummer nearby on Dixie Rd., police said.
No suspects have been identified, and Woodford said detectives are continuing to investigate whether the vehicle was stolen.
“Come out for my son, please, we want justice, ” said Jovito Favila, asking witnesses to come forward and the driver to surrender to police.
At the mention of the unknown driver, his wife handed him the photo of Jacoub.
“Have the conscience to face what you’ve done, ” she said in a message to the driver, wailing as Jacoub’s twin brother scurried over and buried his face in her sweater.
She placed a hand over his head, patting his hair. “You’ve destroyed our home, ” Bloomy Favila said, looking down at her surviving son.
“See what you’ve done, see what you’ve done?”
Bloomy Favila, who just recently moved into her Ajax home, said Jacoub “followed rules to a tee” and was excelling at his new elementary school.
She added Jacoub, a smart, jolly boy, loved playing the game Minesweeper on the family computer – unless an unfinished Lego challenge awaited.
“He’d just gotten everything he wanted, ” she said of the Lego Star Wars ship.
“He was so happy, ” she said. “We were supposed to build it together today.”
She looked at her husband, as she held Jacoub’s twin brother tight against her waist, his face still hidden in her sweater.
Her gaze drifted downwards, a longing in her eyes as she looked at Jacoub’s photo in her husband’s hands.
“Our son needs justice, ” she said.