Toronto van attack victims revealed, city hosts vigil

Sreedha Varanasi
By Sreedha Varanasi April 28, 2018 13:38

A single mother from Sri Lanka, a chef from Copacabana and a Toronto Maple Leaf fan — all among the 10 deaths from the Toronto van attack.

The city is still reeling from the attack, and the hashtag Toronto Strong was created in solidarity with the city and the victims of the attack.

A fund was also created under the name Toronto Strong.

Proceeds from the funds will go to Victim Services Toronto and to organizations that will help prevent attacks like this in future.

“The horrific events of April 23 have shown the world how Toronto responds to tragedy. We are united in grief and the desire to support those affected by Monday’s attack,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory.

“Through the generosity and outpouring of support from individual donors, corporate citizens and community organizations, the City of Toronto’s partnership with the Toronto Foundation to create the #TorontoStrong Fund has now raised more than $1 million.”

The funds have been raised through individual and corporate donations. Some of these corporate donors include: Bell Canada, BMO Financial Group, CIBC, Scotiabank and TD Bank.

The City of Toronto is hosting a Toronto Strong vigil at 7 p.m. Sunday evening at Mel Lastman Square.

Organized in collaboration with community groups such as Faith in the City and the Toronto Area Interfaith Council, the vigil will represent the diverse faiths and communities in Toronto.

Those who want to attend the vigil are being encouraged by the City of Toronto to take public transit to the event as there may be road closures in the area.

Sreedha Varanasi
By Sreedha Varanasi April 28, 2018 13:38

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