Danforth shooting victims memorial to be taken down today

Aug 23 2018, 1:19 pm

It’s been just over a month since a horrific tragedy struck Toronto’s Danforth neighbourhood after a mass shooting claimed the lives of two and injured 13 others.

Within hours of the shooting, a memorial had been set up along a stretch of Toronto’s Danforth Avenue to Alexander the Great Parkette.

In the weeks to follow, thousands of Torontonians visited the site to pay respect, leaving cards, flowers, candles, and compassionate messages of support.

Now, the flowers have dried up and signs of weathering can be seen on the once vibrant posters, photos, and signs, which promoted the City of Toronto to close the temporary memorial.

On Thursday, August 23, members of the community are invited to join Mayor John Tory, Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth) and Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth) for the closure of the memorial.

The temporary memorial was set up in honour of those who have been affected by the tragic incident, which includes 10-year-old Julianna Kozis of Markham, and 18-year-old Reese Fallon of Toronto, who were killed during the violence.

At 11 am, the public encouraged to attend the memorial closure, which will take place in the Logan Green Field Parkette.

Mayor Tory has said a permanent memorial will be erected in the future after consulting with the victims’ families.

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