Eight of 10 Victims in Toronto Van Rampage Were Women

Mr. Minassian, 25, was taken into custody by a Toronto traffic officer who has been lauded for his composure while the suspect pointed an object at him and yelled that he had a gun. He has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder for other people injured in the rampage. The police said they intended to lodge additional charges of attempted murder against Mr. Minassian based on interviews they have conducted.

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.

Eight of 10 Victims in Toronto Van Rampage Were Women
Eight of 10 Victims in Toronto Van Rampage Were Women

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.

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