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Toronto van attack: Single mum and grandmother among victims

Anne Marie D'Amico Image copyright CBC/Facebook
Image caption A colleague said D'Amico's office is devastated by her death

A single mother, an avid volunteer and a father visiting his son from Jordan are among those who died in a vehicle-ramming attack in Toronto on Monday.

Anne Marie D'Amico, 25, worked close to the scene of the mass killing and was identified by her employer Invesco.

Two other local residents, a Jordanian and a chef have also been identified. South Korean officials confirmed that two South Korean citizens were killed.

The suspect, Alek Minassian, has been charged with 10 counts of murder.

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Image caption Renuka Amarasinghe was a single mum from Sri Lanka originally

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) confirmed one of its employees, Renuka Amarasingha, was among the victims.

The Toronto Maha Vihara Buddhist Meditation Centre, where her seven-year-old son attends Sunday lessons, also confirmed her death. The centre has launched an online fundraiser to raise money for his care.

TDSB released a statement saying she had worked as a nutritionist for the district since 2015.

"This is a difficult time for the students and staff that knew her and we will continue to provide support to them in the days and weeks ahead," the school board said in a statement.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry Affairs confirmed that two South Koreans and one Canadian Korean were killed in the attack. At least one South Korean citizen was injured, the ministry said.

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Image caption Eddie Kang is being mourned by colleagues at the restaurant where he worked

Chul Min "Eddie" Kangworked at Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse, near the scene of the attack.

In a statement, the restaurant said Kang's death brings the company "great sadness".

"He had a passion for food. He had a passion for cooking," his co-worker of four years told CTV.

The Jordanian Canadian Society confirmed in a statement that the man who died was Munir Abdo Habib al-Najjar, who was in Canada to visit one of his sons.

He and his wife were visiting his son, who is a vocalist with the Canadian Arabic Orchestra.

A friend of his family told the National Post that Najjar was a "man of peace who lived for his family".

"He does not deserve to leave this way," the friend added.

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Image caption Anne Marie D'Amico was "full of life", her colleague said

Peter Intraligi, president of Invesco Canada, confirmed that Ms D'Amico was an employee of the US-based firm.

"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all those impacted by this tragic event," Mr Intraligi said in a statement provided to Canadian media.

Ms D'Amico's next of kin have been notified, reports CBC News.

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Media caption"I have a gun in my pocket" – the moment Alek Minassian was arrested.

Her colleague, Jon Tam, told CBC News that Ms D'Amico was "full of life, loved to travel, loved to help volunteer".

"She was a very warm, friendly presence in the office. Always smiling," he said, adding that the entire office had been devastated by the news.

According to her Facebook page, Ms D'Amico studied at Toronto's Ryerson University, and previously worked for a Canadian youth charity and a Toronto badminton club.

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Image caption Dorothy Sewell was a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team

Toronto resident Dorothy Sewell, 80, was also identified as one of the victims by her family.

In a Facebook post addressed to the accused, Elwood Delaney said: "Thanks to you I had to tell my 3 children and my wife that cause of you they will no longer get to talk to Nan on there birthdays or Christmas".

"I love you Dorothy Sewell. You will always be loved and your love for sports will always be with me while I cheer with you. Go Toronto Go. Love you Nan."

In a message to the BBC, he called her "the most loyal Blue Jays fan and best grandma anyone could have asked for".

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