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Vahe Minassian : Father of Alek Minassian, is Surrounded by Members of the Media as…

April 25th, 2018 | by Richard Paul
Vahe Minassian : Father of Alek Minassian, is Surrounded by Members of the Media as…
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“Being rational people, we recoil from this. We look for “root causes.” We imagine power-sharing arrangements. We entertain the conceit that “peace talks” should do the trick, as if the demands of Incel or Hezbollah or Hamas can be negotiated rationally at some kind of bargaining table. Give and take. Compromise. Jaw-jaw, better than war-war. That sort of thing.

There is certainly enough madness to go around.

Lucky for us, there is also usually enough kindness. We each have our own peculiar traditions and ideas about how to discharge the fundamental human duty of care for one another in such circumstances. My own hope is that we will not fail to ensure to comfort and console the crushed family of 25-year-old Alek Minassian, in common with all the other grieving families from Monday’s atrocity.

We are all ridiculously and perfectly irrational about all of it. We put up little shrines. We write little letters to the dead and pile them on street corners. We have moments of silence. We offer up prayers. We hold hands with perfect strangers.

We carry on.” Terry Glavin

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Farzad Salehi consoles his wife, Mehrsa Marjani, who was at a nearby cafe and witnessed the aftermath when a van plowed down a crowded sidewalk, killing multiple people and injuring others, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Toronto. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP)

Farzad Salehi consoles his wife, Mehrsa Marjani, who was at a nearby cafe and witnessed the aftermath when a van plowed down a crowded sidewalk, killing multiple people and injuring others, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Toronto. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP)

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NINE dead and 16 injured after rental van plows into pedestrians including 'a young girl, a parent with a stroller and elderly victims' in Toronto Nine are dead and another 16 were injured after a rental van hit pedestrians in Toronto on Monday Alek Minassian, 25, was identified by CBS News sources as the suspect who is now in custody Victims included the elderly, a person with a stroller, and at least one girl appeared to be in critical condition Witnesses say the driver appeared to be deliberately targeting pedestrians Van struck up to ten people on Yonge St. near Finch Ave, Toronto at 1.30pm Driver fled the scene but was stopped and arrested just a few blocks away Nine people are dead and 16 are injured after a white rental van mowed down pedestrians in Toronto on Monday. Witnesses say the van mounted the curb on Yonge St. near Finch Ave, Toronto, at just before 1.30pm on Monday afternoon. The acting Toronto police chief confirmed that nine had been killed and that the suspect was in custody after the tragedy. Alek Minassian, 25, was identified by CBS News sources as the suspect. He would not confirm if the incident was a deliberate attack, but witnesses say the driver seemed to be targeting pedestrians. 'This person was intentionally doing this, he was killing everybody,' a witness at the scene, who only gave his name as Ali, said. 'He kept going, he kept going. People were getting hit, one after another.' He added that many of the victims had been elderly while he saw a stroller fly into the air. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre confirmed it has received seven patients from the scene in its Trauma Centre. Scroll down for video +20 An injured pedestrian is transferred to a gurney by first responders after a van hit at least eight people in Toronto A white van has mowed down at least eight pedestrians in Canada , police say. Pictured, first responders treat some of the injured at the scene +20 A white van has mowed down at least eight pedestrians in Canada , police say. Pictured, first responders treat some of the injured at the scene A police officer stands next to a victim of an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto's northern suburbs +20 A police officer stands next to a victim of an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto's northern suburbs +20 A body lies covered on the sidewalk in Toronto after the van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a number of pedestrians on Monday +20 A body lies covered on the sidewalk in Toronto after the van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a number of pedestrians on Monday Police inspect a van suspected of being involved in a collision injuring at least eight people at Yonge St. and Finch Ave +20 Police inspect a van suspected of being involved in a collision injuring at least eight people at Yonge St. and Finch Ave The van fled the scene after striking the pedestrians. Cops were able to stop the driver a few blocks away +20 The van fled the scene after striking the pedestrians. Cops were able to stop the driver a few blocks away Video playing bottom right... Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00 Pause Unmute Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:52 Fullscreen ExpandClose The rental van fled the scene after striking the pedestrians. Cops were able to stop the driver a few blocks away. Footage from the scene showed the suspect, named as Minassian by local news, pointing what appeared to be a gun at police before he was ordered to drop, and was arrested. He was taken into custody a few yards from a large white Ryder van which has serious damage to the front of the vehicle. Another man, who appeared to have damage to his car, has also been arrested on Yonge St. although it's unclear if he's tied to the initial incident. Witnesses were shocked by the bloody scene in front of them. 'It was just so many bodies,' said Carol Roberts, who said she saw 'a lot of people lying lifeless on the ground.' A reporter at the scene described a gory scene of bodies strewn 'all over Yonge St.'

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