Toronto Monday Van Attack victims identified


The three women were among the 10 people killed on Monday afternoon when a white rental van slammed into pedestrians on a busy Toronto thoroughfare, in what was one of the deadliest mass killings in Canadian history.

Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., is facing 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder in connection with the Monday incident, which also left 16 people injured.

He turned east onto Bogert Avenue and allegedly mounted the curb onto the sidewalk again before rejoining Yonge Street.

Dr. Dirk Huyer, the chief coroner for Ontario, says the victims range in age from 22 to 94 years old. Huyer stated at a news conference, "Frankly it takes time to get records, it takes time to meet families".

At this point in the investigation, Bott said they have not come across any evidence to suggest there are any more suspects or accomplices.

Jazzmine Howlett, a sophomore at Monmouth College, said "I can't believe that things like this are happening".

Toronto Police have been unable to identify a motive for the attack but are investigating if the fact that the victims were predominantly women had anything to do with it.

Police continue to investigate the multiple homicide as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to say the murder can not be linked with any terrorist organization.

Bott said police have collected reams of surveillance video footage from the area, along with 170 eyewitness interviews and more than 100 submissions of pictures and video to their online portal. More than 100 images were also sent to investigators.

Policealso say the offences do not rise to the threshold of terrorism at this point.

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"My assumption is that because they realized they have the ear of generous community members in the Muslim community, they knew they'd be able to have an impact here", said Julia Howell, a spokeswoman for the Toronto Foundation, adding Victim Services will be among the recipients. Heading south, it then struck the southwest corner curb of Yonge and Churchill Ave. before entering back onto the road and continuing on the southbound lanes. Her death was confirmed by John Malloy, the director of education for the Toronto District School Board, who said that she had worked at a number of schools as a nutrition services staff member since 2015.

The van began travelling on the sidewalk near Park Home Avenue.

The driver of the van started moving southbound on Yonge Street near Hendon Avenue, a block away from Finch Avenue.

Toronto police say they continue to share information with the RCMP.

Police say the investigation is ongoing. Top row, from left to right: Anne Marie D'Amico, 30, Dorothy Sewell, 80, Renuka Amarasingha, 45, Munir Najjar, 85, Chul Min (Eddie) Kang, 45, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Forsyth, 94, Sohe Chung, 22, Andrea Bradden, 33, Ji Hun Kim, 22, Geraldine Brady, 83.

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A photograph of Anne Marie D'Amico, a victim of the van attack, is displayed at a vigil on April 24 in Toronto.

D'Amico worked at Invesco Canada, a US -based investment firm with offices near the scene of the attack, and was remembered by those who knew her as a cheerful, friendly person.

"We're sending messages of love and courage and we just want to see that peace for you and your family", the friend said.

"Andrea", a sign placed at the Olive Square memorial on Yonge St. read Friday, "Pocivaj v miru".