Van plows into Toronto crowd in ''deliberate'' act, leaving ten dead


The rampage shattered a peaceful Monday afternoon when a white Ryder rental van roared down Yonge Street, a main Toronto thoroughfare, and plowed into pedestrians along a almost 1-mile stretch. Fourteen people were also injured in the incident.

Twenty-five-year-old Alek Minassian faces 10 charges of first-degree murder and 13 of attempted murder, with investigators expecting to lay another attempted murder charge soon. A 14th count of attempted murder was pending after the toll of injured was revised down.

"It's very tragic, very, very sad, and it's hard on the community as well".

Rathanasiri described Amarasingha as a kind and generous person who attended regular services and brought cookies to Sunday school students every week. The alert level for the country has not been raised, he said.

Pelendage says that she had no other relatives in Toronto and that another family in Toronto's Sri Lankan community with whom Amarasingha once lived plans to care for her son.

On the day of the attack she had just completed her first day of work at Earl Haig Secondary School, located near the crime scene, the board said.

"The safety and security of Canadians must be the number one priority of any government and the individual responsible for this horrific attack must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law", he said in a statement on Twitter.

Monica Yeoh said people in the area are really stepping forward to give neighbourly support to each other at this hard time. Friends are now caring for Amarasingha's son, he added.

The Jordanian embassy in Ottawa has told the BBC that one of its citizens was among the victims.

Several Canadian news outlets reported that Mr. Najjar was visiting children and grandchildren in Toronto at the time of his death.

A coroner waited to remove a body from the scene after Monday's van attack.

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"They are secluded right now and they ask everybody to accept their privacy", he said.

"We want everyone to know that she embodied the definition of altruism", the family statement said.

"Everybody knew Betty because she used to walk in in the morning to feed the animals", she said. "I think we'll persevere through this and we'll stick together", he said. "He had several tics and would sometimes grab the top of his shirt and spit on it, meow in the hallways and say, 'I am afraid of girls.' It was like a mantra". "But I will miss her". Here is a look at the 25-year-old suspect in one of the worst mass killings in Canada's modern history. "Sewell had "(a) lmost had as much love for the Blue Jays and Leafs as she did for her family", Delaney told CNN when confirming that she'd died in the attack.

Tennis Canada said the victims also included long-time volunteer Anne Marie D'Amico.

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.

"This always seems like a really safe neighbourhood, so it was a big shock", she said while wiping back tears.

Seneca College said another one of the victims was a female student, but didn't offer further details.

The area was mostly re-opened to the public yesterday, and mourners continue to visit a makeshift memorial to the 10 people killed.

"The accused is alleged to have posted a cryptic message on Facebook minutes before" the attack, Graham Gibson, a Toronto police detective sergeant, told a news conference.

The Toronto killer called Rodger "the Supreme Gentleman."Minassian added in a subsequent post, "The Incel Rebellion has already begun!" The post also references involuntary celibacy, colloquially referred to as "incel".

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