- A memorial service was held in memory of a 21-year-old international student shot and killed at a central Toronto subway station earlier this week.
- On his way to work on Thursday evening, Vasudev was shot at the Sherbourne subway station in Toronto’s St. James Town area.
- The Indian Consulate General works with Vasudev’s family to get his body back to India.
On Sunday, a memorial was held in honor of a 21-year-old international student shot and died earlier this week outside a central Toronto subway station.
Kartik Vasudev’s family, friends, and coworkers gathered at Nathan Phillips Square for a moment of silence in honor of the Indian student studying marketing at Seneca College who had only been in Canada for four months.
“As an international student, I have been affected by this tragedy because many international students have given up so much to come here,” said Ritik Sharma, president of the Seneca Student Federation. “My heart is shattered.”
Vasudev was shot near the Sherbourne subway station in Toronto’s St. James Town neighborhood on his way to work on Thursday evening.
Kartik was given first treatment on the spot by an off-duty paramedic before being taken to St. Michael’s Hospital and pronounced dead.
There have been no detentions in the shooting, but police have described the suspect as a Black male standing five-foot-six to five-foot-seven inches long with a medium build who was last seen traveling south on Glen Road toward Howard Street with a revolver in his hand.
On Saturday, Vasudev’s father, Jitesh, spoke with CTV News Toronto from India, describing the killing as a “brutal murder” whose son was shot seven times.
Seneca College President David Agnew addressed the shooting’s ostensibly “random” character during the ceremony on Sunday.
“It’s incomprehensible to all of us.” “As a dad, I can’t imagine what his parents are going through, thousands of miles away,” he remarked. “I know that seeing all of you here will bring them great comfort, knowing that your thoughts and prayers are with them while we seek answers to why this could have occurred.”
The Indian Consulate General is currently coordinating with Vasudev’s family to return his body to India. A GoFundMe campaign has raised $50,000 to help his family. Nearly $25,000 has been raised as of this writing.
Source: CTV news
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