Toronto Van Driver Accused of Killing 10 to Appear in Court
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 25, 2018,
Apr 25, 2018, 13:20
Video broadcast on several Canadian outlets showed police arresting the driver, dressed in dark clothes, after officers surrounded him and his rental Ryder van several blocks from where the incident occurred in the North York neighborhood of northern Toronto.
A motorist suspected of killing 10 people and injuring 15 others by driving a van down a sidewalk in Toronto was charged in court Tuesday with 10 counts of first degree murder and multiple counts of attempted murder.
According to BuzzFeed, Minassian was a student at Seneca College's Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT), which focuses on developing open-source software.
Alex Minassian, 25, identified by police as the suspect, will appear in a Toronto court at 10am (local time) Toronto police said.
Gibson said so far police have no evidence suggesting the driver was deliberately targeting women as he drove onto the curb and plowed into pedestrians, although the victims were "predominantly" female. "I don't want people walking away thinking, 'I need help but I can't afford it, ' or 'I need help but I wasn't part of this investigation'". He called it a "senseless attack".
"Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan please", Minassian wrote in the now-deleted post, which was screenshot by news outlets. Rodger was behind the killings of six people in 2014 in Isla Vista, California. The term is shorthand used in some online message boards for "involuntary celibacy", a loose social media movement of men who blame women for their celibacy.
Gibson said Tuesday that investigators are looking at all aspects for the investigation, including the content of Minassian's post. "C23249161", the confirmed Facebook post reads.
Ms Shereen Chami said her former classmate was not violent. But if the goal is to reduce the chance of a similar horror taking place, then the hard work of helping even the least-sympathetic isolated people find respect and belonging must be higher on our agendas than generating hatred - even for those people who hate.
Ten people were killed and 14 people were injured in the attack.
He commended the "great bravery" of the first responders - police officers who quickly and safely apprehended the suspect; the calm displayed by paramedics and firefighters who hurried from victim to victim; "heroic efforts" of hospital staff; and "extraordinary examples of ordinary citizens" who comforted those who were injured.
The Ontario chief coroner's office said Tuesday it has yet to confirm the names of the dead and it could be days until it does so. The confirmations will be done through dental X-rays, fingerprinting or, if necessary, DNA analysis, he said. "That takes time, and that time can be very frustrating".
D'Amico volunteered at a Canada-based global humanitarian charity called Live Different and helped build houses in the Dominican Republic in 2015 and 2017, according to Dave Hamilton, the charity's manager of school partnerships. The young woman and her family were avid members of the tennis community. The college declined to identify her, citing privacy reasons.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Anne-Marie's family and with all those impacted by this tragic event", said Gavin Ziv, Tennis Canada's vice president of professional events.
So, when commenters respond to the story by shrieking that all incels deserve to die, or even with the far subtler charge that what happened tells us something about gender or misogyny, they miss the point.
Two victims were South Korean nationals, according to a tweet from the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"We are looking very strongly to what the exact motivation was for this particular incident to take place", Mr Saunders said. "Right now everything is open".