The ten names of victims of the van attack on Yonge St. on April 23 have been released after families were notified.
Alek Minassian, 25, who it’s alleged used a rental van to target pedestrians on a busy city street on April 23, has been charged with 10 counts of First-Degree murder and 13 counts of Attempted Murder.
The victims, from Toronto, unless otherwise noted, are:
- Ji Hun Kim, 22, of South Korea
- So He Chung, 22
- Anne Marie D’Amico, 30
- Andrea Bradden, 33, of Woodbridge
- Beutis Renuka Amarasingha, 45
- Chul Min Kang, 45
- Dorothy Sewell, 80
- Geraldine Brady, 83
- Munir Najjar, 85, of Jordan
- Mary Elizabeth Forsyth, 94
At a news conference at police headquarters on April 27, Inspector Bryan Bott and Chief Coroner for Ontario Dr. Dirk Huyer updated the media on the investigation.
“Everybody has suffered a terrible, unspeakable tragedy,” said Huyer, of notifying families of the loss of their loved ones. “I can’t imagine how difficult this has been.”
He noted the families have been understanding of the exhaustive, scientific process to identify victims. “We try to provide the families as much information as quickly as we can while ensuring we do the best work possible to give the best answers.”
On behalf of Toronto Police, Bott offered condolences to the families of the victims and updated a few aspects of the investigation.
“As a result of speaking to witnesses, we have identified two additional victims who received injuries, but were not transported to hospital on Monday,” he said, noting a 14th count of attempt murder has also not yet been laid for a victim that was hospitalized.
The age range of the injured is 23 to 90. Investigators expect 16 counts of Attempt Murder to be laid.
Bott said the cooperation from the public has been overwhelming.
Investigators have interviewed 170 witnesses and plan at least 100 more interviews and local businesses have accommodated the police investigation as best they can. A Toronto Police web portal has also seen over 100 submissions of images and videos.
“Also, as a result of viewing video, speaking to witnesses and consulting with the investigative team from Traffic Services, we can confirm the route driven by the accused,” said Bott, who noted the areas where the van mounted the curb.
The van was stopped on a sidewalk approximately 50 metres west of Yonge St. where Constable Ken Lam engaged the driver and made the arrest.
Bott said the search warrant executed at the home of the accused has been completed and investigators will examine items seized from the address.
“Our work will continue as we look to move this case forward and secure a successful prosecution of the person now charged,” said Bott.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the investigative hotline at 416-808-8750. For anyone who suspects a family or friend may have been a victim, please contact the Missing Family/Friends Hotline at 416-808-8085. Anyone with video or photos immediately before, during or after the homicides, can upload them at torontopolice.on.ca/yongefinch