Two South Koreans were confirmed dead and one seriously injured in a horrific van slaughter incident in Toronto, Canada this week.
A van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a number of pedestrians in a busy city district, causing numerous deaths and injuries.
Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old from Ontario, Canada has been charged with ten counts of first-degree murder and thirteen counts of attempted murder.
A Korean news agency has also confirmed that three other Korean nationals have not been accounted for since the incident.
캐나다 토론토 차량돌진 사고 관련, 주토론토총영사관은 현지 경찰당국으로부터 우리국민 2명이 사망했다는 사실을 추가로 접수하였습니다. 현재까지 우리국민 피해자는 사망자 2명, 중상자 1명 등 총 3명이며, 우리국민 추가 피해 여부를 지속 파악 중입니다.
— 외교부 (@mofa_kr) April 24, 2018
“At this time, our country’s victims include 2 dead, 1 seriously injured — a total of 3. We are in the midst of confirming any further victims from our country.” — Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The area itself is where a large Korean community is located.
The incident happened during lunch time, one of the reasons for the high casualty count.
The Korean government promised the victims’ families support.
“The foreign ministry has taken necessary steps, including contacting the families of the victims, and plans to provide relevant consular support in case the families want to visit there” — South Korean government official
Thoughts and prayers to the victims, their loved ones and anyone else affected by this senseless attack.