With April 23, 2018’s van attack, Toronto joins a club of cities whose residents are now worried about their safety. A van plowed through a busy area in the northern part of the city, and police are slowly revealing the identities of the 10 victims who were killed. The first to be ID’d is Anne Marie D’Amico.
Who Was Anne Marie D’Amico?
Who was Anne Marie D’Amico? Judging by the outpouring of tributes from her friends and family online, she was loved.
D’Amico attended Ryerson University from 2005 to 2010. While there, she also participated in the 2010 Mr./Ms. Ryerson Competition. The competition raised over $3,000 for charity. For the talent portion, she sang the ABCs backwards while using Tae Kwon Do skills to break boards. Though the outcome was not what she hoped, she still humorously shared her talent on Facebook.
Along the way, she worked a number of different jobs at The Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto and Live Different before landing a position with Invesco, an investment management firm whose head office wasn’t that far from the crime scene.
Personal details about D’Amico seem to be few and far between, but from her social media accounts, as well as those of her friends, one thing we know to be true is that she had a passion for baseball. Her friend, Brodie MacDonald, posted a loving tribute to her, as well as a video of D’Amico stepping up to the plate in the Dominican and knocking out a very solid single.
Remembered for Her Big Heart, and Sense of Humor
Though it appears she hadn’t used the account for years, D’Amico’s Twitter page shows her hanging out with Toronto-based radio personalities. One of them, Devo Brown, retweeted a picture from D’Amico’s account with a message of condolence for his friend.
my heart hurts.
you were already an angel…and made life brighter for anyone that met you.
rest in peace Anne Marie. https://t.co/9vk9pp4nUa
— Devo Brown (@devobrown) April 24, 2018
The radio station Brown is associated with, KiSS 92.5 FM, also tweeted their condolences following the news of D’Amico’s death.
We remember Anne Marie D’Amico who was tragically killed in yesterdays tragic events on Yonge street with one of her friends @DJclymaxxx at 8:40am on @KiSS925 Listen live https://t.co/ifm3qm0eBo pic.twitter.com/fwbsJOzCKs
— KiSS 92.5 (@KiSS925) April 24, 2018
Anne Marie D’Amico was very active in her city, and supported the Toronto Football Club. She also seemed to be interested in poker, tennis, baseball, and billiards. D’Amico was a volunteer for the Rogers Cup, a tennis tournament in Canada, since she was 12 years old.
The Attack in Toronto
The investigation into why a van was driven into crowds of people is still ongoing, but what happened on April 23 is a very public matter.
According to police, Alek Minassian was behind the wheel of a white Ryder van, and purposely drove onto the sidewalk near the intersection of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue. He allegedly began heading south, hitting innocent bystanders for a number of blocks until the truck came to a stop on Yonge and Poyntz Avenue.
As Minassian came out of the van, he was approached by a lone police officer. Minassian allegedly yelled at the cop to kill him. Eventually, the suspect allowed himself to be arrested. Police and RCMP went on record to say that they do not think this is part of an ongoing threat.
Right after the attack, 10 of those who were injured were brought to Sunnybrook Hospital. Two of those injured succumbed to their injuries. As of the afternoon of April 23, five of the victims at Sunnybrook were listed as being in critical condition, two in serious condition, and one in fair condition.
Some victims were taken to other hospitals in the city, but there is currently no word on their conditions. In total, 10 are currently dead, with another 15 listed as injured.
As for the dead, Anne Marie D’Amico is the first to be identified.
How You Can Help
Investigations of this nature have a large number of different areas to cover. To that end, the Toronto Police Service has set up different tip lines for different aspects of the investigation.
If you witnessed the incident, or have any information on the crime itself, you are asked to call (416) 808-8750. A website was also set up for witnesses to submit any photos or videos that can help with the investigation.
If you are missing a friend or family member, and believe that they may have been in the area at the time of the attack, you are asked to call (416) 808-8085.