A driver suspected of killing 10 people and injuring 15 more by ploughing a rental van into pedestrians in Toronto has appeared in court in the city.
Police said the suspect, 25-year-old Alek Minassian, was not known to them before Monday's carnage in Canada's most populous city, which also left 14 people injured. The judge read the charges, which also included 13 counts of attempted murder. But Facebook has confirmed the account was real, and Toronto police said on Tuesday they believe Minassian posted the message shortly before starting his attack.
"It's a sad thing, a very sad thing", one visitor told CP24 at the memorial this morning. A monk at a Toronto Buddhist temple Amarasingha frequented said she was a single mother of a seven-year-old boy.
Amarasingha had worked at school cafeterias around the city since 2015 and had just finished her first day at a school near the van scene when her life "was tragically cut short", school district Education Director John Malloy said in a statement.
"The minister respects the ongoing investigation the police are doing and agrees it is inappropriate to comment on it", Carlene Variyan said in an email.
"We're always balancing the need to know and the desire to know quickly to ensure that we have 100 per cent accuracy", 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 interested in improving society.
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"It was with great sadness that I heard about the tragic and senseless attack that took place in Toronto this afternoon", Trudeau said.
"Right now he's still asking me, asking his colleagues, 'Did I make the right decision?"
She called Forysth a "lively person" who loved to feed the birds and squirrels on her regular walks through the neighbourhood.
"(She was) the best grandmother anyone could have asked for", he said.
"When something like this happens, you think people are going to run away from the tragedy, but people didn't - they ran toward it to try to help others", she added.
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"I will see how I feel and if I will have the energy to go Sunday", Hunt said. She was in critical condition with spinal damage, according to a Go Fund Me page created by Menab Tesfu, who identified himself as her nephew, and a Facebook post by Liah Tesfamariam, who identified herself as her niece.
Elwood Delaney of Kamloops, B.C., described his grandmother as an avid sports fan who "almost had as much love for the Blue Jays and Leafs as she did for her family".
D'Amico was a cheerful and familiar presence at the Rogers Cup tournament, where she started volunteering at age 12, said Gavin Ziv, Tennis Canada's vice-president of national events.
She worked for Invesco, a US -based investment company with a Canada office located near where the mile-long van attack began.
"I can now confirm that unfortunately one of our employees has succumbed to her injuries", Peter Intraligi, president of Invesco Canada, said in a statement.
The identities of the other fatalities remained unknown, but an official with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto confirmed through a translator that two South Korean nationals were among the dead and that one other was injured.
The post on Minassian's Facebook account contained references to this online subculture.
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