Toronto van attack suspect expected in court on Tuesday

27 April, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Onlookers try to help the injured before police and paramedics arrive

"She always had such a big heart", Pelendage said. A Jordanian national visiting his son.

A chilling Facebook message posted before a van plowed onto a crowded Toronto sidewalk has raised the possibility the suspect in the attack nursed grudges against women and it is bringing back memories of a 1989 massacre of 14 women that remains one of Canada's most traumatic acts of violence.

A man police identified as Minassian's father was in court.

Anne Marie D'Amico was the first among the 10 killed to be publicly named.

Monica Yeoh, who lives in the neighbourhood, says she has always considered the area to be safe.

D'Amico volunteered at Canada-based global humanitarian charity Live Different.

"She wouldn't stop until she went the extra mile for others".

Toronto authorities said details on charges against Minassian would be made public when he appeared in court Tuesday. The Ryerson business grad worked at an investment company and volunteered with the Rogers Cup tournament and in the Dominican Republic building houses.

She started at the age of 12 as a ball girl, chasing the balls between points. "For privacy reasons, we will not comment further on Alek Minassian's service in the CAF".

"It comforts us knowing that the world has a chance to know her and we hope that in this time, people fight with the same altruism rather than anger and hatred".

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The incident prompted police to beef up security and close several streets around the Air Canada Centre Monday night for the Toronto-Boston NHL playoff game.

"It was like he playing a video game, trying to kill as many people as possible", said Panna Patel, 42, who works in the area and was getting cash from an ATM when she heard what at first sounded like explosions. "Almost had as much love for the Blue Jays and Leafs as she did for her family". "I remember seeing him probably just walking down the halls, usually by himself, or in the cafeteria by himself", he said.

Co-workers identified Chul Min (Eddie) Kang, a chef with Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouses, as among the dead.

A South Korean news agency says two Korean nationals were among 10 people killed when a van mounted a sidewalk and rammed into pedestrians in Toronto.

Friend Thilina Pelendage said Amarasingha was known for her joking nature, and for never forgetting people's birthdays.

A female student at Seneca College was killed in the attack, the school's President David Agnew said Tuesday.

Her grandson, Elwood Delaney, said she was the "best grandma anyone could have asked for".

"I think we'll persevere through this and we'll stick together". "That takes time and that time can be very frustrating".

According to Dr. Dirk Huyer right now the team working on identifying the bodies is using "a method to scientifically confirm those identifications and those confirmations will be through dental X-ray comparison, potentially fingerprint comparison or, if necessary, DNA comparison".

"We want to be careful we don't have any confusion", he said. 10 people were taken to Sunnybrook hospital, 5 of them are in critical condition, 2 serious injuries and only one relatively stable. They are Robert Anderson, Sammantha Samson, Samantha Peart, Morgan McDougall, Mavis Justino, Catherine Riddell, Aleksandra Kozhevinikova, Amir Kiumarsi, Yunsheng Tian, Jun Seok Park, Amaresh Tesfamariam, So Ra and Beverly Smith. Police said an additional attempted murder charge would be laid against the 25-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., by day's end.


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