Sunset vigil planned to mark 1-year anniversary of Danforth shooting

Jul 22 2019, 12:53 pm

One year ago today, a deadly shooting shocked Toronto’s lively Danforth neighbourhood after 29-year-old Faisal Hussain began firing at groups of people, ultimately killing two, and injuring 13 others.

On July 22, 2018, Hussain’s shooting rampage in the city’s Greektown killed 10-year-old Julianna Kozis of Markham, and 18-year-old Reese Fallon of Toronto.

Thirteen others were injured after Hussain began firing shots around 10 pm on Danforth Avenue. He was killed during the incident.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders called the shooting a “tragic attack on our citizens and community that altered many lives forever.”

“We would like to remember all those who were impacted and to honour the two young girls whose lives were lost. I know I speak on behalf of the Toronto Police Service and the entire city of Toronto when I say our hearts and thoughts continue to be with all the victims and their families.”

“It is important that we mark this day together. This incident is a reminder of our community’s resilience. A year ago, we responded with solidarity and strength, and it is solidarity and strength that we continue with today,” said Saunders in a statement.

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To mark the emotional one-year anniversary, a sunset vigil is being held Monday night to remember the victims of last summer’s mass shooting on the Danforth.

This evening, a sunset vigil will be held at Alexander the Great Parkette on Danforth Avenue beginning at 8:51 pm.

“Today is a sad milestone for the Danforth community and the entire City of Toronto,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement Monday morning.

“One year ago, we experienced a senseless mass shooting, which took two young, innocent lives, dramatically upended the lives of 13 others who were injured and forever changed our city.”

Danforth Shooting Vigil

Where: Alexander the Great Parkette, Danforth Avenue
When: July 22 at 8:51 pm