Video: Family of Eritrean Woman Badly Injured in Toronto Van Attack Speaks Out

 

 

 

 

 

Family of woman badly injured in Toronto van attack speaks out

 

 

A fundraising campaign was launched online by the relatives of Amaresh Tesfamariam, an Eritrean immigrant who arrived in Toronto in the late 1980s.

 

 

www.globalnews.ca | April 25, 2018

 

 

 

 

When Menab Tesfu woke up Tuesday morning, it was to the news that his aunt had been hospitalized after a deadly rampage on the streets of Toronto.

 




 

Alek Minassian, 25, is facing 10 first-degree murder charges for allegedly plowing into pedestrians along Yonge Street. He is also charged with 13 counts of attempted murder.

 

 

One of the victims is Amaresh Tesfamariam. Her nephew tells Global News she is a nurse.

 

 

Menab said he suspects she was either heading home or on her way to work when she was struck.

 

 

“She’s a single woman (and) has no kids. She works everyday,” he said in a Skype interview on Tuesday.

 

 

“She’s a self-made woman. So it’s really hard to see something like this could happen to her.”

 

 

 

Menab and his family live in Texas. He said his mother is flying to Toronto to be by her sister’s bedside.

 




 

Friends have been keeping them posted on her prognosis. They said she has suffered an injury to her spine.

 

 

“Most of her family is here in the States and she’s in Toronto by herself. So she’s going to have a lot of expenses,” said Menab.

 

 

“We’re trying to make sure she can still live the normal life that she’s lived.”

 

 

He launched a GoFundMe campaign on Tuesday in the hopes that it would allow her to do just that.

 

 

Ryerson University is also acknowledging the attack. President and vice-chancellor Mohamed Lachemi extended his condolences in a statement.

 

 

“We were extremely saddened to learn that one of our TRSM alumni, Anne Marie D’Amico, was a victim of yesterday’s tragedy. Our thoughts are with Anne Marie’s family, friends, and loved ones at this difficult time,” he said.

 

 

We have also learned that a second alumna and a Ryerson contract lecturer were also injured. They are in our thoughts and we wish them well as they recover.”

 

 

The contract lecturer they are referring to has been identified as Amir Kiumarsi by a number of sources.

 

 

 

Source: https://globalnews.ca/news/4165691/toronto-van-attack-amaresh-tesfamariam/

 

 

Amaresh Tesfamariam

 

 

A fundraising campaign was launched online by the relatives of Amaresh Tesfamariam, an Eritrean immigrant who arrived in Toronto in the late 1980s.

 

 

In an interview, nephew Menab Tesfu said his aunt was likely walking home from a nursing shift to her high-rise condo at Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue when the van plowed into her. She’s now in critical condition with spinal damage, he said. He’s hoping that funds raised online can help his aunt eventually get back to rebuilding her life.

 

 

“She’s like my second mom,” he said.

 

 

Source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-as-toronto-grieves-portraits-of-van-attack-victims-emerge/

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