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Eight of 10 Victims in Toronto Van Rampage Were Women

Twelve of the surviving victims remain in hospital.

Dr. Dirk Huyer, Ontario’s chief coroner, said the identifications were completed after his office had methodically gone through dental records, fingerprints, X-rays and DNA tests. A coroner in Saskatchewan had misidentified one of the victims in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash this month, but Dr. Huyer said his office approached the task in the same way it always did.

The dead in Toronto included Betty Forsyth, 94, who The Toronto Star reported had stopped to feed the birds and squirrels on her way back home from her daily walk. Two of the victims were foreigners — a university student, Kim Ji-hun, 22, from South Korea, and a Jordanian man, Munir Abdul Habib Najjar, 85, who was visiting family.

The scene of the carnage — a more than mile-long stretch of Yonge Street, the city’s main thoroughfare — was dotted with memorials to the victims five days after the horrific episode. People continued to arrive, bearing candles, flowers, teddy bears and condolence cards in many languages, reflecting the diversity of Toronto, Canada’s largest city, where one in two residents identifies as a member of a minority group.

For the past two days, therapy dogs have been at work in a nearby civic square, being petted and hugged by mourners.

The city, which plans a memorial on Sunday in the square, has raised 1.5 million Canadian dollars, or about $ 1.2 million. Much of that money will go to the families of the victims, to help cover funeral costs and trauma counseling. All week, local news media outlets have been full of stories of not just tragedy, but also of love and kindness.

Mr. Minassian has been described by acquaintances as a loner who had expressed a fear of women. He lived with his family in a northern suburb of Toronto, and after seven years of college, he had recently graduated from a computer studies program. Last year, Mr. Minassian briefly joined the Canadian armed forces, quitting after 16 days of basic training, the Canadian Department of National Defense said.

Source: NYT > World

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