BC first responders show their support for Toronto after Monday attack

Apr 24 2018, 4:11 pm

After a rental van driven by 25-year-old suspect Alek Minassian,  killed 10 innocent pedestrians and injured 15 others in Toronto on Monday, BC first responders are showing their support, not only for their colleagues who were called to the horrific scene, but for all affected by the tragedy in the city.

Premier offers condolences

In a statement, BC Premier John Horgan also offered his support and condolences to the victims, their families and Toronto first responders.

“British Columbians are shocked and saddened by this violent and senseless act,” he said. “Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and the people of Toronto. We are grateful to the first responders who were there to help.”

Crowdfunding campaign launched

crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe set up by Canada Zakat (the organization which helped distribute over $800,000 for victims and families of last year’s mosque shooting in Quebec) has already raised $38,459 of its $1 million goal in its first 16 hours.

The aim is to raise funds for funeral expenses for the victims who lost their lives while the organization is also “exploring other ways of assisting those affected.”

“Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of today’s tragedy. You are in our thoughts and prayers!” reads the campaign page.

Another campaign, Toronto Strong, has also raised $1,279 of its $100,000 goal that’s also intended to fund funeral expenses.

– With files from Ainsley Smith

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