The victims in the Toronto van attack were “predominantly female,” officials said Tuesday, adding that the suspect had posted a “cryptic” Facebook message supporting violence against women just before he drove into the crowded sidewalk.
Detective Sgt. Graham Gibson of Toronto police’s homicide division said Tuesday that the victims also ranged from mid-twenties to early eighties.
Ten people were killed and 14 people were injured in the attack. The suspect, identified by police as 25-year-old Alek Minassian, has been charged with 10 counts of murder. Gibson said he could not discuss a possible motive citing the ongoing investigation.
Gibson referenced the “cryptic” Facebook post that went up shortly before the rented van veered into crowds of pedestrians near Yonge Street and Finch Avenue at 1:30 p.m. on Monday:
The post references the “Incel Rebellion,” with “incel” meaning “involuntary celibate,” or slang from an online community who hate women and advocate for sexual violence against them as revenge for them not wanting to have sex. The post also mentioned Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in 2014 near the University of California, Santa Barbara, out of a hatred of women and those who had rejected him.
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