#TorontoStrong: Numerous events scheduled around city to mark 1-year anniversary of van attack
|globalnews.ca 23 Apr 2019 at 03:30|
Both squares will also have live music throughout the day. Local musicians who wanted to be a part of the special day were able to sign up for any open slot, so residents can expect to hear a wide array of music to fill the streets.
Music will run at Olive Square from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and at Mel Lastman Square from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Much like in the wake of the tragedy, where local community members took to the streets with chalk to write beautiful messages of hope and light, Yonge Street will be “reclaimed” once again. Anyone who wishes can grab a piece of chalk and leave their mark.
In the aftermath of the tragic incident on April 23, 2018, the hashtags #TorontoStrong and #CanadaStrong immediately began appearing all over social media. Flowers, posters and teddy bears among other things created a memorial which covered Yonge and Finch and several other locations. Politicians from all over the world, celebrities and athletes all paid their respects. A vigil was attended by thousands of people just days after the deadly event.
Over $3.5 million was raised for the #TorontoStrong fund, which was created to cover costs incurred by victims of the tragedy.
Twenty-six families were affected by the incident and were given $10,000 to help pay for initial expenses, while some money was donated to funeral expenses and the rest was to support the injured.
While there is not a complete list of the names of all of those injured, the following is a list of the lives lost.
Beutis Renuka Amarasingha, 45, of Toronto, Andrea Bradden, 33, of Woodbridge, Geraldine Brady, 83, of Toronto, So He Chung, 22, of Toronto, Anne Marie D’Amico, 30, of Toronto, Mary Elizabeth Forsyth, 94, of Toronto, Ji Hun Kim, 22, who was a student living in Toronto but was from South Korea, Dorothy Sewell, 80, of Toronto, Chul Min Kang, 45, of Toronto, Munir Abdo Habib Najjar, 85, who was visiting Toronto from Jordan.
Hall said as she spoke to those injured in the attack and the families of the victims, many of them began asking if they could give the money to someone who needed it more.