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Shooting on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue

Shooting on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue - image of Reese Fallon

RNAO extends its heartfelt condolences to all of the victims, their families and friends of the horrific shooting that occurred in Toronto on July 22.

Those killed were a 10 year-old girl and 18 year-old woman. Thirteen other individuals were also injured in this tragedy. The gunman also died.

Eighteen year-old Reese Fallon had just graduated from Malvern Collegiate in the city’s east end and had been accepted to the nursing program at McMaster University. Teachers and friends say Reese was kind, whip smart and very engaged – she cared about making a difference in the world.

Ten year-old Julianna Kozis, from Markham, was a competitive synchronized swimmer who was described as a beautiful athlete and full of life.

RNAO says news of the incident calls for calm, kindness and a reminder to support to one another: #DanforthStrong.
The shooting, one of several over the past weeks, also calls for immediate action on the urgent need for tougher gun control and much more support for persons with mental illness.

RNAO is immensely grateful to the outstanding work of all first responders, including the police, nurses and all other health professionals who treated and are still treating the victims and supporting their families.

On July 24, RNAO CEO Doris Grinspun came out to support the community at the Danforth memorial, sharing her message of love and unity during this time of tragedy.

On July 26, RNAO learned that one of the victims, Danielle Kane, is a nursing student. Danielle remains in intensive care and we encourage all to consider donating to her GoFundMe page. We also ask you to share the GoFundMe page and our CEO’s tweet to encourage your networks to consider donating.

Last Updated: 
2018-07-24