Statement by His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios of Toronto (Van Attack in Toronto)

Source: pemptousia
Natalya Mihailova | 26 April 2018
Statement by His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios of Toronto (Van Attack in Toronto)

Christ Is Risen!

We mourn the innocent victims of the unconscionable van attack in Toronto. Our hearts break for the families who awake to a new reality without their loved ones. We struggle with this senseless act of evil. However, we should not despair. We should not lose hope. We shall persevere and be strengthened by the infinite love and mercy of the Resurrected Lord. Therefore, let us pray for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives. Let us comfort, support, and give courage to the affected families.

I am asking all the Reverend Fathers of our Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada) to offer special memorial service prayers this Sunday for our fallen brothers and sisters. May their memories be Eternal! And may God grant them rest among His angels and His saints.

Police said the suspect in the van mounted the kerb on Yonge Street between Finch Avenue and Sheppard Avenue at about 13:30 local time (17:30 GMT) on Monday and drove into pedestrians along a 1km (0.6-mile) stretch.

Reza Hashemi, who owns a video shop on Yonge Street, told the BBC he heard screaming on the other side of the road. He said the van was repeatedly mounting the pavement and running into people. The 15 injured remain in hospitals throughout Toronto.

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