Four victims have been identified in the horrifying van attack in Toronto that claimed the lives of 10 people and injured 14 others on Monday.
Anne Marie D’Amico, 20, Dorothy Sewell, 80, Munair Abdu Habib al-Najjar and Chul Min ‘Eddie’ Kang have all been identified as four of the 10 victims who were mowed down by alleged van driver Alek Minassian.
Other victims in the attack include people from Jordan and South Korea, as well as a Seneca College student.
A vigil was held for the victims of the incident Tuesday night. Photos showed mourners lighting candles and standing in the rain as they remembered the victims.
The Toronto Blue Jays also honored the deceased along with the first responders who rushed to the scene of the tragedy.
The Blue Jays held a brief tribute before Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox.
Beloved grandmother, Dorothy Sewell (left), 80, and chef, Chul Min ‘Eddie’ Kang (right), have been identified as two of the victims from the horrifying van attack in Toronto
Investment analyst, Anne Marie D’Amico (pictured), 20, was the first casualty of the van attack to be identified after the notification of her next of kin
Jordanian man, Munir Abdu Habib al-Najjar, was identified as the fourth victim of the attack that claimed the lives of 10 people. Authorities said he was visiting his son who lives in Toronto when he was tragically killed. A vigil was held for the victims on Tuesday night
A vigil was held for the victims of the incident Tuesday night. Photos showed mourners lighting candles and standing in the rain as they remembered the victims
Toronto Mayor John Tory attended the vigil for the victims of the mass killing Tuesday evening
Players from both teams stood in front of the dugouts as Toronto police officers and two paramedics stood between second base and the pitching mound and were introduced to cheering fans.
Following a video message and a moment of silence, a group of high school students sang the national anthems.
A blue banner reading ‘#TORONTOSTRONG’ was hung from the second deck in center field, and similar signs were hung on the wall behind home plate.
Ten people were killed and 14 injured when a driver plowed a rented van into a on along a crowded sidewalk.
It was the worst mass killing in Canada since December 6, 1989, when a man shot 14 women at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal before turning the gun on himself.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called news of Monday’s attack ‘brutal,’ while Red Sox manager Alex Cora said ‘it makes you sick just to think about it’.
The Toronto Blue Jays also honored the deceased along with the first responders. Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada thanks first responders who helped during Monday’s deadly van rampage, before the team’s baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday
First responders who helped during Monday’s deadly van rampage participate in the singing of the national anthem before a baseball game
Toronto Blue Jays players stand for a moment of silence in the wake of Monday’s deadly van attack
Commissioner Rob Manfred, who happened to be in Toronto on Tuesday, said Major League Baseball was ‘devastated’ by the events.
‘You were in our thoughts all day yesterday and will remain there for some time,’ Manfred said about two hours before the first pitch.
‘I hope that maybe our game tonight will provide a little bit of the beginning of a healing process that will be important for this city.’ The Blue Jays claimed a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox Tuesday night.
On the same day as the tragedy, Toronto’s professional hockey team, Toronto Maple Leafs, had their playoff game against the Boston Bruins.
During that game, a video captured the touching rendition of Canada’s national anthem with 20,000 fans joining in song and an enormous Canadian flag travelling over the fans. The Maple Leafs claimed a 3-1 victory over the Bruins.
The filmer wrote: ‘It was especially emotional given what happened in the city.’
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was ‘shocked and saddened by this senseless tragedy’ during a press conference Tuesday morning.
He thanked all of the first responders for their ‘courage’ in the face of such a terrible attack.
‘In the face of tragedy, we pull together, support each other, and thank the extraordinary first responders who keep us safe. #TorontoStrong,’ he tweeted shortly after the press conference.
Investment analyst, Anne Marie D’Amico, was the first casualty of the van attack to be identified after the notification of her next of kin.
On the same day as the tragedy, Toronto’s professional hockey team, Toronto Maple Leafs, had their playoff game against the Boston Bruins
During that game, a video captured the touching rendition of Canada’s national anthem with 20,000 fans joining in song and an enormous Canadian flag travelling over the fans. The Maple Leafs claimed a 3-1 victory over the Bruins
D’Amico was employed by the American investment management company Invesco, which also has offices on Yonge Street in Toronto, not far from where police say Minassian, 25, deliberately plowed into pedestrians with a white rental van.
A South Korean news agency reported Tuesday that two Korean nationals are among the dead, and three others are still unaccounted for.
The Yonhap News Agency is citing government officials as saying another Korean national was seriously injured in the incident.
Invesco Canada President Peter Intraligi confirmed D’Amico’s passing on Tuesday but declined to comment further out of the respect for her family.
D’Amico’s colleague Jon Tam told CBC she was warm and caring, was involved in volunteer work and enjoyed travel in her free time.
‘I’ll definitely be missing seeing that smile around the office,’ he said.
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 very active and interested in improving society. He spoke with her parents on Tuesday.
A South Korean news agency reported Tuesday that two Korean nationals are among the dead, and three others are still unaccounted for
Toronto City Councilor Cesar Palacio said D’Amico (a photo was placed at the vigil) was a friend of his daughter, and he remembers her as ‘a brilliant young girl’ who was very active and interested in improving society
The Yonhap News Agency is citing government officials as saying another Korean national was seriously injured in the incident
Mourners place flowers and candles during a candle light vigil in Toronto on Tuesday evening
A woman wipes away tears as she stands in the rain alongside dozens of mourners on Tuesday evening
A GoFundMe page to raise money for the victims’ funeral expenses has been established by Canada Zakat, a Muslim-Canadian non-profit organization. Mourners are seen lighting candles during the vigil
According to a 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report issued by Invesco Canada, D’Amico’s title at the time was business performance management analyst.
The report indicated that she took part in a humanitarian project in the Dominican Republic, as part of which a group of Invesco workers helped build a new house for a local family.
D’Amico volunteered at a Canada-based international humanitarian charity called Live Different.
Dave Hamilton, the charity’s manager of school partnerships, remembered her as ‘super-positive, always smiling, a funny person, always up for a challenge, and really wanted to help people out’.
‘What I didn’t expect was to have such a deep connection to the family and see first-hand how much this new home truly means to them,’ D’Amico was quoted as saying about her experience.
A GoFundMe page to raise money for the victims’ funeral expenses has been established by Canada Zakat, a Muslim-Canadian non-profit organization.
As of Tuesday evening, the campaign has raised more than $120,000 of its $1million goal.
D’Amico (center) volunteered at a Canada-based international humanitarian charity called Live Different
Police say Alek Minassian, 25 (left), used a rental van to plow into pedestrians on a busy Toronto street, killing 10 people and injuring 14 others. D’Amico (right) was among the slain
The second victim to be identified was Chul Min ‘Eddie’ Kang who was a chef at Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse in downtown Toronto.
‘He had a passion for food. He had a passion for cooking,’ Armando Sandobal told CTV News.
‘I feel bad because he [Kang] was my partner, we worked together and then this happened,’ Sandobal said. The two had worked together for four years.
The Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse issued a statement expressing ‘great sadness’ over Kang’s death.
‘He will be deeply missed by all who knew him,’ said corporate director John Paul Mannella in the statement.
The third victim identified, Dorothy Sewell, was a huge sports fan and beloved grandmother.
Her grandson Elwood Delaney, of Kamloops in British Columbia, posted on Facebook that he had to tell his three children and his wife ‘that they will no longer get to talk to Nan’ on birthdays or holidays.
He said his grandmother almost had as much love for the Blue Jays and the Maple Leafs ‘as she did for her family’.
‘You will always be loved and your love for sports will always be with me while I cheer with you,’ he wrote on Facebook. ‘Go Toronto Go. Love you Nan.’
Two of Sewell’s neighbors, Paul and Eweline Matusiewicz, choked back tears at a shrine of flowers on Yonge Street, where they were paying their respects.
The second victim to be identified was Chul Min ‘Eddie’ Kang who was a chef at Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse in downtown Toronto. People are seen praying for the victims of the van attack
A man who lost a friend in the horrific attack grieves during the candle light vigil on Tuesday
The third victim was identified as Dorothy Sewell who was a huge sports fan and beloved grandmother. Her grandson Elwood Delaney, posted on Facebook that he had to tell his three children and his wife ‘that they will no longer get to talk to Nan’ on birthdays or holidays
Others killed included Munair Najjar, a citizen of Jordan who was in Toronto visiting family, according to state-run news agency Petra. No other information about Najjar was released. Candles are lit during the vigil on Tuesday evening
They had found out Sewell was among the victims just a half-hour before arriving at the memorial.
‘She was just the sweetest soul,’ Paul Matusiewicz said.
Others killed included Munair Najjar, a citizen of Jordan who was in Toronto visiting family, according to state-run news agency Petra.
Jordan’s embassy in Ottawa is in contact with Najjar’s family, the agency said. No other information about Najjar was released.
Seneca College said one of its female students was killed, but declined to identify her, citing privacy reasons.
President David Agnew confirmed the death in an email to students and staff in which he said two other students suffered minor injuries that did not require hospitalization.
‘Along with the rest of the city, and world, we were stunned by yesterday’s news,’ Agnew said.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Toronto police Det Sgt Graham Gibson said the victims were ‘predominately female’.
Chief Coroner for Ontario Dr Dirk Huyer said authorities are currently working to confirm the identities of the deceased, according to CTV News.
The front end damage of the van that the driver used to hit several pedestrians in Toronto, Ontario, on Monday
Police officers stand by a covered body in Toronto after the deadly van attack Monday
A white Ryder van was heading south on busy Yonge Street at around 1.30pm and the streets were crowded with people enjoying an unseasonably warm day when the vehicle jumped onto the sidewalk and proceeded to mow down pedestrians along a mile-long stretch, without making any effort to stop.
The driver, a resident of the Richmond Hill section of Toronto, was quickly captured in a tense but brief confrontation with officers.
‘The incident definitely looked deliberate,’ Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters at a late-night news conference.
Minassian had not been known to police previously. An online social media profile described him as a college student.
Officials would not comment on a possible motive except to play down a possible connection to terrorism, but social media posts attributed to Minassian painted him as a sexually frustrated involuntarily celibate who admired Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger.
In one post, Minassian referred to the rebellion of ‘incels’ – a term used to refer to men who have been made ‘involuntarily celibate’ because women will not have sex with them.
In 2014, Rodger, who was also involuntarily celibate, gunned down six people at the University of California Santa Barbara before killing himself.