Toronto van attack: witnesses describe victim and killer who ‘never complained’

‘My heart just aches for her family and also the young women and two children who were killed as they walked to school’

A 28-year-old Toronto woman who has been identified as Christine Delisle was remembered by friends and family as kind, generous and loved her job as a food maven for a prestigious downtown restaurant.

“I grew up knowing her from when I was 11,” Thalia Forster, a friend and former roommate, told Canada’s Global News. “I grew up as her friend and now I am her niece. I miss her so much.”

With “a smile that lit up a room”, Delisle would love to come home to Toronto to cook up an Easter dinner with her nephews. “She loved everyone,” a former employer, Pierro Rossi, told the Toronto Star. “She never complained. She never made us feel like we were bothering her, she always made everyone feel comfortable.”

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Delisle was killed in Friday’s van attack in Toronto’s west end – alongside eight other people, including two young children – after a vehicle plowed through a restaurant crowded with people waiting for the rush of the lunch hour.

The criminal charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder faced by the driver, Alek Minassian, confirmed that the motive behind the bloodshed was not terrorist-related.

According to police, it was Minassian’s conduct during his arrest that had compelled police to use lethal force. As the prime minister, Justin Trudeau, was preparing to hold a press conference to address Friday’s events, police said that officers fired 17 shots at Minassian.

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