Toronto Van Attack: Memorial Held for 10 Victims as Witnesses Recall Nightmare Scene
Some of the people at Monday's memorial had also witnessed the incident.
A memorial has been held for victims of Monday's Toronto van attack as witnesses recalled the nightmarish moment 10 people were fatally struck on a busy sidewalk at lunchtime.
Attendees at an evening vigil lit candles and left messages at a memorial for the victims of the attack, some of whom were among those who watched the carnage unfold in the city's northern suburbs.
"It was absolutely terrifying. I saw a big white van just crashed to the sidewalk and crushing people. And I saw the victims lie on the ground and full of blood," said witness Gao Ruicheng.
Monday morning, the first victim was identified as Anne Marie D'Amico, who worked at an investment management firm that confirmed the death of an employee Monday.
"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all those impacted by this tragic event," Invesco Canada President Peter Intraligi said in the written statement.
A total of 15 people were reportedly hospitalized with injuries following the attack, which Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said Monday night "definitely appeared deliberate."
Suspect Alek Minassian, 25, was arrested after fleeing the scene and was due in court Tuesday morning.
"Just feeling a lot of disbelief and shock in a lot of ways, and such sadness," one memorial attendee said. "A deep sadness you don't know until something like this happens."
Another witness described Monday afternoon's scene as something "you see in a war zone."
“It was with great sadness that I heard about the tragic and senseless attack that took place in Toronto this afternoon," Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement following the attack. "On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed, and my thoughts for a fast and full recovery to those injured.
“I thank the first responders at the scene who managed this extremely difficult situation with courage and professionalism. They faced danger without hesitation, and their efforts no doubt saved lives and prevented further injuries.
“We should all feel safe walking in our cities and communities. We are monitoring this situation closely, and will continue working with our law enforcement partners around the country to ensure the safety and security of all Canadians.”
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