Police ID girl killed in Danforth rampage as Julianna Kozis

25 Jul 2018 | Canada
Police ID girl killed in Danforth rampage as Julianna Kozis

Police have released the name of the 10-year-old girl killed in the mass shooting in Toronto's Danforth neighbourhood on Sunday.

Julianna Kozis of Markham was killed in the shooting that also claimed the life of 18-year-old Reese Fallon and injured 13 others.
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"Her family has requested privacy during their time of grief," the Toronto Police Service said in a statement. 

Police have refused to confirm where along the Danforth Avenue strip Kozis was shot. However, a witness who spoke with CBC News on Monday said he tended to a seriously wounded young girl of about the same age. 

Md Ashaduzzaman was working in the back kitchen at Caffe Demetre when the shooting started. A woman in the café was soon screaming for help, saying her daughter had been shot.

The café, at 400 Danforth Ave., has been identified as the third shooting site along the gunman's deadly rampage.

The girl, about 10 years old by his estimate, was lying on the ground, bleeding from her leg as her mother tried to stop the bleeding with a cloth. 

"I was trying to hold her and I was trying to wake her up. She was falling asleep, her eyes were closing and opening, closing and opening," Ashaduzzaman said.

The 29-year-old gunman, identified Monday as Faisal Hussain, also died.

Toronto city Coun. Jim Karygiannis told The Canadian Press via email that he knows the girl's family and that her death is a "devastation" to the community.

"She had her whole life ahead of her, only to be taken in a senseless act of terror," Karygiannis said Tuesday night.

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti said Sunday's "senseless act of violence has shaken us and hurt us.

"We stand with the victims, the brave first responders and all the communities impacted by this tragedy," he said in a statement. 

Markham plans to lower its flags in Kozis's memory and place a book of condolences at the local civic centre.

"We hope by coming together, we can offer some solace in a time of great sadness."