TORONTO – The latest on a van attack in Toronto which killed 10 people and injured 14 (all times local):
A Buddhist temple in Toronto has identified one of the victims of Monday’s van attack as Renuka Amarasinghe (am-uh-ruh-SEEN’-yuh).
Mahavihara Buddhist Meditation Centre chief monk Ahangama Rathanasiri Thero (AN’-guh-mah Rah-than-ah-SEER’-ah THEER’-oh) says Amarasinghe was a Canadian citizen who came to the country from Horana, Sri Lanka. She was 45 and lived with her 7-year-old son.
Amarasinghe worked at school cafeterias and came to the temple frequently, sometimes helping arrange religious ceremonies. Friend Thilina Pelendage says she was known for her humorous nature and for never forgetting people’s birthdays.
Pelendage says another family in Toronto’s Sri Lankan community with whom Amarasinghe once lived plans to care for her son and that she had no other family in Toronto.
The temple will make funeral arrangements.
Toronto police say the 10 people killed and 14 injured in the attack were “predominantly” women.