All 10 victims of deadly van attack in Toronto identified

Families of deceased suffered 'a totally unexpected and unspeakable tragedy,' Ontario's chief coroner says

Photo: Patrick Morrell/CBC

 

Ontario’s chief coroner has formally identified all victims of Monday’s deadly van attack in Toronto.

The deceased were named at a joint news conference Friday afternoon with Toronto police, who  also provided an update on the investigation at Toronto police headquarters.

Here are the names of all deceased victims:

  • Beutis Renuka Amarasingha, 45, of Toronto.
  • Andrea Bradden, 33, of Woodbridge, Ont.
  • Geraldine Brady, 83, of Toronto.
  • Sohe Chung, 22, of Toronto.
  • Anne Marie D’Amico, 30, of Toronto.
  • Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Forsyth, 94, of Toronto.
  • Chul Min (Eddie) Kang, 45, of Toronto.
  • Ji Hun Kim, 22, of Toronto.
  • Munir Abdo Habib Najjar, 85, of Toronto.
  • Dorothy Sewell, 80, of Toronto.

Friday marks five days since a white rental van tore down Yonge Street in North York, killing 10 people and injuring 14.

Alek Minassian, 25, who is accused of being the driver, has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.

Minassian will face three more counts of attempted murder during his next court appearance, Toronto police Insp. Bryan Bott said. These additional charges come after two more victims, who were injured in the attack, but weren’t taken to hospital, contacted police, he said.

Police also provided more details about the route the van took. This was based on analysis of video surveillance footage and witness accounts.

Sohe Chung was identified by family as a victim of Monday’s attack. (LinkedIn)

#TorontoStrong fund raises $1.2M

A fund collecting money for victims and families in the wake of the attack surpassed the $1.2 million mark Friday.

The #TorontoStrong fund will distribute money to the non-profit charitable agency Victim Services — which offers help to victims of crime and disasters — as well as to other organizations that work on issues arising from the attack.

The fund was created in a partnership between the city, Victim Services and the Toronto Foundation to make sure donations were collected in one place and properly distributed to victims and their families.

“There’s a lot of people asking, what can they do? Well, they can contribute to this #TorontoStrong fund,” said Mayor John Tory in an interview with Metro Morning.

Tory described the moment on Monday afternoon when he began to grasp what had happened.

“You sort of feel like you’re in a movie, but it’s real, and it’s horrifying,” he said. “And then I felt sick, I really did.”

#TorontoStrong vigil

In the days since the attack, prayer services and vigils have been put together to give Torontonians a chance to heal together.

At 7 p.m. ET Sunday, a #TorontoStrong vigil will be held at Mel Lastman Square on Yonge Street, steps from where the attack took place.

The white Ryder van travelled south along Yonge from Hendon Avenue north of Finch Avenue ultimately to Poyntz Avenue, just below Sheppard Avenue, where Minassian was arrested by police.

Police gather after the van driver deliberately ran down multiple pedestrians. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press)

Alexa Gilmore, a minister at Windermere United Church who helped organize Sunday’s vigil, said on Friday morning that it will be a chance to “be together and hold one another in grief.”

Six different faith leaders will speak, and “choirs from all over the city” will perform, Gilmore said.

The city is expecting 25,000 people to attend. Road closures will be in effect in the area beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Blood donation spike

Acts of kindness big and small have sprung up around Toronto since the attack, with Torontonians distributing free flowers to lay at a North York memorial to the victims and organizing support campaigns.

After Sunnybrook Hospital put out a call for blood, donations surged at downtown Toronto clinics, increasing by about 19 per cent on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

“We have seen a significant uptick,” said Michael Betel, director of donor relations at Canadian Blood Services.

Rick Smith, who has given blood more than 100 times, lives at Yonge and Sheppard and was in the area on the afternoon of the attack. (CBC)

“I just feel it’s good to do something,” said Rick Smith, who donated blood on Thursday and who lives in the Yonge and Sheppard area.

On Metro Morning, Tory said it’s all evidence of the “strength of Toronto.”

“The reaction that came was one of shock and horror, but also deep caring about the people whose identities and stories and families are coming out,” he said.

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