Toronto police have released the name of the 10-year-old girl, Julianna Kozis of Markham, killed in Sunday’s mass shooting in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood.
In the statement released by the police, they expressed that “her family has requested privacy during their time of grief.”
Police have refused to state where Julianna was shot. However a witness, Md Ashaduzzaman who was working in the kitchen of a cafe in Danforth Avenue, has stated when the shooting began, a women in the cafe started screaming for help as her daughter had been shot in the leg. The girl, who was approximately 10-years-old was lying on the ground bleeding from her leg, as her mother applied pressure on the wound with a cloth.
Md recalls “I was trying to hold her and I was trying to wake her up. She was falling asleep, her eyes were closing and opening, closing and opening.”
Toronto Councillor, Jim Karygiannis has stated that he knows the girl’s family and that her death is a “devastation” to the community. “She had her whole life ahead of her, only to be taken in a senseless act of terror.”
The shooting also claimed the life of recent high school graduate, 18-year-old Reese Fallon who was planning on studying nursing at McMaster University in the fall.
A total of 13 others were also injured in the mass shooting. The gunman, 29-year-old Faisal Hussain, also died.
The City of Markham have announced they will lower their flags in honour of 10-year-old Julianna Kozis.
The sign outside Toronto City Hall has also been lit in blue and white, the colours of the Greek flag to honour the victims in the Greektown neighbourhood.