The Toronto community is still recovering in the aftermath of a deadly shooting in the city’s Greektown Sunday night. The attacker has been identified by police as Faisal Hussain and was reportedly known to them for his mental health issues. Hussain injured 13 people and killed two in the attack and was shot and killed on scene. The Islamic State has come out to claim the attack, but Toronto authorities say there is “no evidence” to support that.
— City of Toronto (@TorontoComms) July 25, 2018
— blogTO (@blogTO) July 25, 2018
In the days since, police have identified the victims and the community has banded together to honour them and support each other. Eighteen-year-old Reese Fallon from Toronto was killed by the shooter at the scene and 10-year-old Julianna Kozis from Markham succumbed to her injuries in hospital.
Fallon was set to attend McMaster University for nursing in the fall and in honour of that future, her friends and family have set up a GoFundMe scholarship fund to offer financial aid to others who want to enter nursing. One of her friends told CBC it is “a little bit of good to try to counteract all the bad that had just happened.”
The money will be put in a trust and given out in the form of a grant yearly to a graduate from Malvern Collegiate Institute — Fallon’s former high school — to enter a post-secondary nursing program. The page has already raised $35,000 of its $50,000 goal in just the day it’s been live.
— MalvernCI HPE (@MalvernHPE) July 24, 2018
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti announced Tuesday that the city would be lowering its flags in honour of the victims, and more specifically, young Kozis who came from there. In his statement, Scarpitti also touched on the bond between Kozis and her father who was also injured in the attack, but was transferred from where he was being treated to say goodbye to his daughter when her condition took a turn for the worse.
“This heartbreaking story speaks to the unbreakable bond between a father and his daughter,” the mayor wrote, “And I salute the Toronto Paramedics, doctors and nurses that reportedly brought them together, showing incredible compassion and kindness in her final moments.”
— CBC News (@CBCNews) July 25, 2018
Over the past two days, a memorial around the area has grown as people leave flowers, stuffed animals, signs and small messages in honour of the victims. Many shops and restaurants along Danforth Avenue have displayed “Danforth Strong” signs in solidarity as well. There will be a candlelit processional Wednesday evening to mark the victims’ memory and console those affected.
— blogTO (@blogTO) July 25, 2018
— John Tory (@TorontosMayor) July 24, 2018
In slightly lighter news, people on Twitter are encouraging each other to support the local economy and community by recommending their favourite restaurants and eats along the Danforth. Looks like there’s something for everyone (especially if you’re into Greek food).
Should we start a chain about your favourite places to eat on the Danforth? Let’s start a chain about your favourite places to eat on the Danforth. GOOOOOO!
— Karon Liu (@karonliu) July 24, 2018
— Norm Wilner (@normwilner) July 24, 2018
Akropolis for spanikopita, baklavah, and about a hundred loukomades.
— David Sax (@saxdavid) July 24, 2018
NAKAYOSHI IZAKAYA!!!! I’ll holler it from the rooftops! Runners-up are Simone’s Caribbean, Mr. Pide, Mister Frenchy & Danforth Dragon (Hakka)… so much more than Greek out here!!!
— dietcoke4breakfast (@dietcoke4brkfst) July 24, 2018
So many places to recommend! Danforth Dragon for Hakka, Danforth Pizza for a classic Toronto pie, Globe Bistro for fine dining, Acropolis for spinach pie and homemade tzatziki, Von Doughnuts for the fancy stuff, Dora Keogh for local pub, Simone’s Caribbean, Dough bakery.
— Adam Chaleff (@AdamCF) July 24, 2018