Trudeau remembers lives lost in Greektown shooting at Taste of the Danforth


    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to the victims of the Danforth Avenue shooting on Friday — serving to open the Toronto neighbourhood’s signature road pageant — whereas calling for “our greatest love and our greatest assist” for these killed in that morning’s shooting in Fredericton. 

    “Tonight, we additionally keep in mind two extraordinary younger girls, Reese and Julianna, who had been out for ice cream … and acquired taken from us,” Trudeau instructed the crowd at Taste of the Danforth, recalling Reese Fallon, 18, and Julianna Kozis, 10, who had been killed in the Toronto rampage two weeks in the past. 

    “It was a horrible tragedy that affected us all deeply. We hugged our family members slightly nearer that night time.”

    Although sombre, the prime minister spoke passionately about the space’s various inhabitants. 

    “It is at the essence of what we share with the world loudly and proudly as we collect and rejoice that our variations are a supply of energy, by no means a supply of weak point,” Trudeau stated, drawing cheers from the crowd. 

    The prime minister was in Greektown — the scene of a lethal shooting rampage final month — to assist open the Taste of the Danforth. (John Lesavage/CBC)

    The opening of Taste of the Danforth passed off the identical day {that a} shooting in Fredericton left 4 individuals dead, together with two cops and a neighborhood musician. Trudeau additionally spoke about the “very, very tough night time” in the New Brunswick capital. 

    “If we might all ship them our greatest love and our greatest assist for our fallen officers who’re there defending us and the individuals who died in a horrible tragedy,” he stated.

    The opening ceremony additionally commemorated the Toronto victims with a second of silence and the singing of Hallelujah by a neighborhood musician. First responders and Good Samaritans who helped the victims had been additionally acknowledged.

    Tight safety 

    Police have closed off that part of Danfoth Avenue, a serious thoroughfare in Toronto’s east finish, and safety is anticipated to be tighter than regular.

    Organizers say this yr’s Taste of the Danforth is anticipated to attract greater than one million guests regardless of touchdown so quickly after the shooting — a far cry from the 5,000 who attended the first pageant 25 years in the past.

    The pageant additionally contains leisure, music and dancing.

    This yr will characteristic a profit live performance for victims of the shooting. Three memorials that embody flowers, playing cards and different objects that sprang up in the aftermath have been relocated to a close-by space.



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