These are some of the victims of the Toronto van attacks

27 April, 2018, 00:54 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Toronto rampage

Ten people were killed in the van attack and another 14 people were injured.

Munir Abdo Habib al-Najar traveled to Toronto from Jordan to spend time with one of his children.

- Minassian was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder. Toronto's police chief, Mark Saunders, said the incident "definitely looked deliberate", although the nation's Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale said the "horrendous" attack "does not appear to be connected in any way to national security".

"It's a sad thing, a very sad thing", one visitor told CP24 at the memorial this morning.

The area is so busy that Toronto's city council earlier this year debated widening the sidewalks and reducing lanes of traffic to make it more pedestrian-friendly.

"What is clear is that gender-based violence and toxic masculine senses of entitlement affects us all", she said. "We are all one, you know?"

Toronto City Councilor Cesar Palacio said D'Amico was a friend of his daughter, and he remembers her as "a brilliant young girl" who was interested in improving society. Friends are now caring for Amarasingha's son, he added.

Alnajjar, a Jordanian citizen in his 70s, was visiting his family in Toronto with his wife. He had only been in the country for a couple of weeks when the van attack took place, Malawi said, adding the family is in the midst of a three-day mourning period.

Another victim was Betty Forsyth, whose death was confirmed by a neighbour on Wednesday.

She called Forysth a "lively person" who loved to feed the birds and squirrels on her regular walks through the neighbourhood.

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"She was just the sweetest soul", Paul Matusiewicz said.

"I appreciate their work because I feel so bad after the incident". She was in critical condition with spinal damage, according to a Go Fund Me page created by Menab Tesfu, who identified himself as her nephew, and a Facebook post by Liah Tesfamariam, who identified herself as her niece.

The oldest was Betty Forsyth, a 94-year-old who loved the slots at Casino Rama and had left her seniors' home with her walker to stroll down Yonge she always did to feed the birds and squirrels along the way. An employee of USA -based investment management firm Invesco Canada, which has offices on Yonge Street close to where Monday's carnage unfolded, D'Amico was a "star" to those who knew her - a kind, gentle and tireless volunteer with Toronto's tennis community.

Tennis Canada said D'Amico had volunteered at its marquis Rogers Cup tournament every summer since the age of 12, starting out as a "ball girl" and eventually heading its stadium control committee.

She worked for Invesco, a USA -based investment company with a Canada office located near where the mile-long van attack began.

"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all those impacted by this tragic event", President Peter Intraligi said in the written statement.

Seneca College, where the suspect had attended for several years, announced that one of its students, a female, was killed in Monday's rampage.

The identities of the other fatalities remained unknown, but an official with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto confirmed through a translator that two South Korean nationals were among the dead and that one other was injured.

A crowd gathered late Tuesday in Toronto's North York community to pay their respects to the van victims at a makeshift memorial of roses, candles and messages of condolence.

But they declined to say whether they were investigating the post, much less whether they considered it a clue to a possible motive.


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