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Yonge Street Attack Anniversary,
Statement from Chief Mark Saunders

Broadcast time: 07:30
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Office of the Chief

On the one-year anniversary of the attack on Yonge Street the thoughts and prayers of Toronto Police Service members are with the families and friends of those lost to an act of senseless violence. The healing process continues for many members of the public as it does for the Toronto Police Service and First Responders.

The response of everyday citizens who rushed to the aid of victims that day, comforted strangers at a makeshift memorial site and brought food to police and other First Responders is an extraordinary example of who we are as Torontonians.

Everyday, I am incredibly proud of the commitment of Toronto Police Service members in the work they do to protect this city by acting with bravery, professionalism and compassion. Each of the First Responders who rushed to the scene on April 23, 2018 earned our gratitude for saving lives.

The investigation into what happened that day is an extremely complex case involving 26 victims, more than 150 witnesses and a 2.5 km crime scene.

I encourage anyone who is still experiencing the negative effects from that day to reach out to help, whether it be through their friends and family or through counsellors such as those at Victim Services Toronto. You are not alone in feeling the pain associated with this day.

When I look back on April 23, 2018, I do so with the assurance that the members of the Toronto Police Service are not alone in creating a city that is the safest and best place to live in the world.

Kevin Masterman, Corporate Communications, for Chief Mark Saunders