Torontonians Pay Tribute to Victims of Danforth Shooting With Makeshift Memorials

Faisal Hussain

Faisal Hussain

Residents of the apartment complex on Thorncliffe Dr. where 29-year-old Faisal Hussain lived with his parents expressed shock that someone among them could have carried out the Sunday night rampage that killed a 10-year-old girl and 18-year-old aspiring nurse.

"Our hearts are in pieces for the victims and for our city as we all come to grips with this awful tragedy", the statement said.

Mourners could be seen carrying signs that read #DanforthStrong and other messages of resilience, showing the world that this vicious attack on The Danforth won't define who we are as a city.

Within hours CBC News obtained an unsigned letter purportedly from the killer's family, stating the mass shooter Faisal Hussain had a lifelong struggle with "severe mental health challenges", including "psychosis and depression".

According to a statement by the Hussain family Monday, "the interventions of professionals were unsuccessful".

"Medications and therapy were unable to treat him", they said.

"Although we during the whole of his life, full of pain and suffering, tried to help him, we even could not imagine that his departure will be so devastating", - is spoken in the relatives of Faisal.

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Lichtman said he hopes the walk gives the community a chance to "re-claim" the neighbourhood after Sunday's attack.

"At this stage, we have no evidence to support these claims", said Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders.

When the teacher pressed Hussain about why he wanted to do such a thing, he simply shrugged it off, explaining he "just felt it would be really cool to kill somebody".

Hussain died after an exchange of gunfire with police.

Ten-year-old Julianna Kozis of Markham, Ont., and 18-year-old Reese Fallon of Toronto were killed in the shooting.

Fallon graduated from Malvern Collegiate Institute just last month and was set to attend Hamilton's McMaster University in the fall to study nursing.

Mulroney says it was the first working group meeting but she did not get into specifics about what was discussed. The wounded ranged in age from 17 to 59.

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When Aamir Sukhera learned that a young man he saw as a little brother was behind the deadly mass shooting on Toronto's bustling Danforth strip, he couldn't bring himself to believe the news. "And it doesn't seem he said anything or did anything online", he said. "I can't put two and two together".

"Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?" he asked in an address to city councilors early on Monday.

The Toronto Police source also said that "there's nothing like that at our end", unless the Canadian Security Intelligence Service or the RCMP have information to the contrary, which Goodale's statement strongly suggests they do not.

Among those in attendance at Wednesday evening's event were Toronto Mayor John Tory, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

"The police are doing their best, but they're operating under extraordinarily hard circumstances to deal with these guns", the mayor said.

However, Canadian authorities said on Wednesday they have no evidence to substantiate the claim.

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