First victim identified in Toronto van attack volunteered with Tennis Canada

Before puck drop the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins honoured the victims from today's earlier attack in the city of Toronto.

One of the victims killed in Monday afternoon’s van attack in Toronto has been identified by family to CityNews as Anne Marie D’Amico.

D’Amico, along with nine other people, were killed after a van jumped the curb and plowed through pedestrians on Yonge Street between Finch and Sheppard avenues.

The driver, 25-year-old Alek Minassian, was apprehended by a single officer shortly after at Yonge and Sheppard.

D’Amico was one of the people rushed to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, but she was pronounced dead in hospital.

She was an employee at Invesco, a U.S.-based investment management firm with offices at Yonge and Park Home Avenue, and volunteered with Tennis Canada.

D’Amico’s family has released the following statement:

Anne Marie had a generous heart and always did big things for people. She wouldn’t stop until she went the extra mile for others and that was manifested in her loving attention to detail. She genuinely wanted to care for all those around her even if it meant sacrificing a portion of herself in return for others happiness. She only had kindness in her. Her name has been broadcasted around the world attached to this terrible tragedy. But we want everyone to know that she embodied the definition of altruism. It comforts us knowing that the world has a chance to know her and we hope that in this time, people fight with the same altruism rather than anger and hatred. We ask that at this time you respect our families privacy as we come to terms with this tragic news.

CityNews sports reporter Danielle Michaud said she knew D’Amico from Tennis Canada. She took to Twitter, saying “My @TennisCanada family lost one of its brightest lights & biggest hearts in Anne Marie D’Amico. I’m devastated for her family … a big, loving, tight-knit group. No words for this tragedy.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the victims and their families.

The city and Toronto police have set up hotlines to offer support to those affected by the incident, and for witnesses who may be able to help with the investigation.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story identified D’Amico as a former employee of Tennis Canada when in fact she was a long-time volunteer with the organization.

— With files from CityNews.ca

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