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Thousands expected at Toronto vigil for van attack victims

Last Updated Apr 29, 2018 at 10:59 am PDT

Flowers, notes and candles are piled high at a vigil on Yonge Street in Toronto, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Ten people were killed and 14 were injured in Monday's deadly attack in which a van struck pedestrians in northern Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Galit Rodan

Thousands of people are expected to attend a vigil for the Toronto van attack victims

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to join Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory at the Toronto vigil

Ten people were killed and more than a dozen others were hurt in the van attack in Toronto on Monday

TORONTO – The city of Toronto will hold a vigil this evening for the victims of Monday’s deadly van attack in North York that killed 10 people and injured 16.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to attend the event alongside Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory, which will be held at Mel Lastman Square near the site of the attack beginning at 7 p.m.

Sections of Yonge Street will also be shutdown as attendees take part in what’s being billed as a walk of “healing and solidarity” before the vigil.

Tory tweeted about the event on Saturday, saying it will be a chance for Toronto to show the world how it responds to tragedy.

As many as 25,000 people are expected to attend, and a number of speakers and performances are planned.

Organizers are urging attendees to use public transportation, as road closures and limited parking may cause problems for drivers.

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At least 12 injured people remain in hospital. Police recently released the identities of all 10 people who died in the incident. They ranged in age from 22 to 94 and included a student from South Korea and a man from Jordan.

Police have alleged 25-year-old Alek Minassian rented a van and drove to Toronto’s Yonge and Finch area, where he began cutting a swath of destruction along one of the city’s busiest roads as well as nearby sidestreets.

Minassian, from Richmond Hill, Ont., is already charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder, and will face three additional attempted murder charges, police said.

Minassian is scheduled to appear next in court on May 10.

A fund-raising effort established by the city of Toronto had raised more than $1.7-million as of Saturday morning, less than $300,000 shy of its goal.

We’ll have a live stream available once the vigil begins.