(Reuters) - Ten people were killed in Toronto on Monday when a van plowed into lunchtime crowds in the north end of Canada’s biggest city.
Local authorities have said that formally identifying the dead will take a number of days, but some names have been confirmed by family or employers or reported in local media.The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said two South Korean citizens and one Canadian-Korean were also killed and another South Korean citizen injured. It did not identify them.
The Toronto District School Board said Amarasingha had attended their adult education programme and worked in nutrition services since 2015. She had just finished her first day of work at a nearby school.
Local media reported she was a single mother of a seven-year-old boy, who immigrated from Sri Lanka 15 years ago and had no other relatives in Canada.
Some media also spelled her name as Amarasinghe.
An employee of asset manager Invesco Canada, D’Amico was the first victim named.
“She genuinely wanted to care for all those around her even if it meant sacrificing a portion of herself,” said her family in a statement. “She only had kindness in her.”
Tennis Canada separately confirmed D’Amico’s death, and said she had been volunteering at its Rogers Cup tennis tournament since she was 12.
Invesco confirmed a second employee, who they did not identify, was injured. The company’s Toronto office is near the site of the attack.
A longtime neighbour told local media a family member had confirmed Forsyth’s death. She said Forsyth took regular walks in the area, feeding birds and squirrels.
“I never went with her walking because I couldn’t keep up with her,” the neighbour, Mary Hunt, told Toronto’s Global News.
Local media reported that Kang was a chef with Copa Cabana, a local restaurant chain, where a corporate director confirmed his death in a message to employees. The message said he had been preparing to start at a new restaurant as ceviche chef.
A Jordanian citizen in his 80s, Najjar was visiting his children and grandchildren in Toronto when he was killed, according to a statement from the Jordanian embassy in Ottawa.
A grandson told CBC News that Sewell was the “best grandma you could ask for” and a committed hockey and baseball fan, who had worked at Sears and volunteered with other seniors.
Reporting by Allison Martell and Nichola Saminather in Toronto; Editing by Chris Reese