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What we know about the victims of the deadly Toronto van attack


TORONTO — Ten people were killed after a van mounted a sidewalk along a busy street in north Toronto on Monday, ramming into pedestrians in its path. Here's what we know so far about the victims:

 

Munir Alnajjar

Alnajjar, a Jordanian citizen in his 70s, was visiting his family in Toronto with his wife. He had only been in the country for a couple of weeks when the van attack took place, according to Harry Malawi, a family friend and president of the Jordanian Canadian Society.

The family is in the midst of a three-day mourning period, said Malawi.

"They are secluded right now and they ask everybody to accept their privacy," he said. "We stand together, we want to help the family heal...physically, psychologically, emotionally and financially, they need all the help they can get."

 

Renuka Amarasingha

Amarasingha was an active member of Toronto's Sri Lankan community. A monk at a Toronto Buddhist temple Amarasingha frequented said she was a single mother of a seven-year-old boy.

Ahangama Rathanasiri said Amarasingha attended regular services at the temple and brought cookies to Sunday school students every week.

The Toronto District School Board said she had worked as a nutrition services staff member for the board since 2015.  

They said Amarasingha had just finished her first day of work at Earl Haig Secondary School when she was killed Monday.

 

Betty Forsyth

Forsyth was a resident of a Toronto Community Housing complex in the area where the van attack occurred. A neighbour said Forsyth's nephew called her to say she had died.

Mary Hunt described Forsyth — who she says is in her 90s — as a "lively person" who loved to feed the birds and squirrels on her regular walks through the neighbourhood.

"Everybody knew Betty because she used to walk in in the morning to feed the animals," she said.

"I will miss her," the 84-year-old said of Forsyth, who had been her neighbour for more than 10 years.

 

Anne Marie D'Amico

D'Amico worked at Invesco Canada, a U.S.-based investment firm with offices near the scene of the attack, and was remembered by those who knew her as a cheerful, friendly person.

Tennis Canada said D'Amico had volunteered at its marquis Rogers Cup tournament every summer since the age of 12, starting out as a "ball girl" and eventually heading its stadium control committee.

"She was a really friendly, warm person ... always caring for other people ahead of herself," said Gavin Ziv, vice-president of national events for Tennis Canada.

D'Amico had attended Ryerson university in Toronto and a fellow alum remembered her as an active student leader with top grades, a wide social circle and an indelible smile.

"Whether you kept in touch with her very closely or you didn't talk to her for this past year, it just felt like you saw her smile yesterday," Abdullah Snobar said.

 

Dorothy Sewell

Sewell's death was confirmed by her grandson, Elwood Delaney, of Kamloops, B.C.

Delaney described his 80-year-old grandmother as an avid sports fan who "almost had as much love for the Blue Jays and Leafs as she did for her family."

"(She was) the best grandmother anyone could have asked for," he said.

 

The Canadian Press

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