Ceremony being held to mark one-year anniversary of Toronto van attack

Apr 18 2019, 7:49 pm

On Monday, April 23, a crisp spring day in Toronto turned into an unforgettable tragedy after the driver of a rental van mounted the sidewalk of Canada’s longest road and ruthlessly plowed down more than two dozen innocent pedestrians.

The carnage stretched more than a kilometre along Yonge south of Finch Avenue, lasting nearly 30-minutes, from the first alarm to the arrest of the suspect, 25-year-old Alec Minassian.

The tragedy claimed the lives of 10 innocent individuals, including eight women and two men, who ranged in age from 22 to 94 and included two foreign nationals, a student from Korea and a man from Jordan.

16 others were injured during the unprecedented attack.

Minassian now faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in the attack last year, with his months-long trial set to begin in April 2020.

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As we draw closer to the one year mark of the Yonge Street tragedy, the City will commemorate those who lost their lives or were injured during the tragic events with a ceremony at the Mel Lastman Square Amphitheatre on Tuesday, April 23 at 1:30 pm.

This commemoration coincides with the time, one year ago, when the incident took place along Yonge Street.

This spring, the City will launch consultations with survivors, bereaved families and impacted communities on permanent memorials.

Until then, to mark this tragic event and memorialize the victims, the City will be installing temporary signage at both Olive Square Park and Mel Lastman Square during the day on April 23 prior to the commemoration ceremony.

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