Alek Minassian charged with murdering 10 in Toronto rampage


New security footage of the horrific Toronto van attack shows the white Ryder rental van careening down a Yonge Street sidewalk, striking an elderly person and a auto moving out of the path of the vehicle.

"One of the most happiest and cheerful people you will ever meet", he told CTV News Channel on Tuesday.

He has been named as 25-year-old Alek Minassian from north Toronto.

A man, thought to be Alek Minassian, killed 10 people and injured a further 14 when he drove a rented vehicle down a sidewalk in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area of North York.

Carol Roberts, who witnessed the aftermath, says she saw "a lot of people lying lifeless on the ground".

Minassian on his now-deleted Facebook account saluted a community college student who killed six people and wounded 13 in shooting and stabbing attacks near the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2014.

"We open our arms and doors to any victims and/or victims' family that need help with the following: translation assistance, lodging, transportation needs and counseling services".

The term "incel" refers to a now-banned group on the message site Reddit, used by Rodger, where young men discussed their lack of sexual activity and attractiveness to women - often blaming women for the problem. We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys!

Yesterday morning, the driver of the van was arraigned and charged with ten counts of first degree murder and thirteen counts of attempted murder.

Verified GoFundMe campaigns have launched to help two injured victims of the van attack this week.

"We think that Canada was a peaceful country, (but) that is a doubt we have if people do these kinds of things", Ahangama Rathanasiri of the Toronto Maha Vihara Buddhist Meditation Centre said in a telephone interview with The Canadian Press.

The other dead included Munair Najjar, a Jordanian who was visiting family, according to Jordan's state-run news agency Petra.

The victims also include Jordanian citizen Munir Alnajjar, who had recently travelled to the city to visit his son; Anne Marie D'Amico, an investment company worker with a love of volunteering; and Dorothy Sewell, an 80-year-old grandmother who was passionate about local sports.

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One potential clue is a Facebook post, allegedly made by the suspect, that praises a previous killing and references involuntary celibacy or "incel". Canadian military spokeswoman Jessica Lamirande confirmed that he enlisted last August but asked to be discharged after only 16 days of basic training.

Minassian's LinkedIn profile lists him as a student at Seneca College from 2011 to this year.

PA announcer Herbie Kuhn told the Air Canada Centre crowd that the two teams and the National Basketball Association would be donating to the TorontoStrong Fund set up by the city of Toronto.

While officials remained mum on the identities of the 10 people killed after a van mounted a sidewalk along bustling Yonge street, some who knew the victims released details of the individuals who lost their lives Monday afternoon. He remembered her as "super-positive, always smiling, a amusing person, always up for a challenge, and really wanted to help people out".

She was an alumnus of Ryerson's Ted Rogers School of Management.

"It hurts knowing I won't be able to see your bright smile every weekend, or hear you say "Hi" to everyone in your energetic voice", coworker Mailee Ly wrote in a Facebook post.

Minassian wore a white jail jumpsuit and had his hands handcuffed.

The next court appearance for Minassian, 25-year-old, now held without bail, will be on May 10. "I can now confirm that unfortunately one of our employees has succumbed to her injuries".

Kim said she wants to paint a portrait of each victim to give to their families.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the "tragic and senseless attack" had brought him "great sadness".

The incident "hasn't changed the overall threat level in Canada", he told a news conference, though it occurred as Cabinet ministers from the G7 nations were meeting in Toronto.

Trudeau says Canada will do whatever it can to keep its citizens safe, while staying true to its values.

"But we can not, as Canadians, choose to live in fear every single day as we go about our daily business".