The Queen sends condolences to victims of Toronto van attack

By Clare Douglas

As the city of Toronto continues to process Monday’s (April 23) tragic van attack, which claimed the lives of 10 people and injured 14 more, the Queen has sent her condolences to the people of Canada. The monarch, on behalf of herself and Prince Philip, expressed her “sadness” following news of the tragedy, adding that all those involved are in her “thoughts and prayers.”

The statement shared on the Royal Family’s official Twitter account reads: “We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were lost, as well as our hopes for full recovery to all who were injured and affected by this incident.”

The Queen joins a long list of celebrities and dignitaries who have taken to social media to extend their concern and sympathy for victims and their families. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his “heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed, and my thoughts for a fast and full recovery to those injured” and praised first responders for their “courage and professionalism.”

Astronaut Chris Hadfield took to Twitter to write, “Oh Toronto. My heart goes out to all the victims of one person's despicable actions. Care for the injured, families and friends, if you can,” while Shania Twain shared a picture of herself standing at attention in front of a Canadian flag with the caption, “Thinking of you Toronto.” Pickering-native Shawn Mendes tweeted: “All of my love to Toronto. Heartbreaking" alongside a heart emoji.

At approximately 1:30pm on Monday afternoon, a rental van deliberately hit pedestrians walking along Yonge Street, south of Finch Avenue. Renuka Amarasinghe, Anne Marie D’Amico, Dorothy Sewell, Chul Min ‘Eddie’ Kang and Munir Najjar, who was visiting Toronto from Jordan, are just a few of the precious lives lost during the attack.

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