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12 Powerful Images Showing Unity as Toronto Mourns Van Attack Victims

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A vigil was held at Mel Lastman Square in Toronto on Sunday night for the victims of last week’s van attack that killed 10 and left more than a dozen others injured.

On April 23, suspect Alek Minassian drove a white rental van into a crowd of pedestrians at the corner of Yonge and Finch Avenues.

The vigil was attended by thousands and brought together people of all faiths, races, and backgrounds to honour the victims and the heroes from last week’s devastating event.

There was a performance by the Red Spirit Singers and speakers included a Mennonite pastor, a Muslim imam, a Hindu chaplain, Jewish rabbis and a Buddhist monk, according to HuffPost Canada.

Here are 12 images showing how the tragic event helped bring together a diverse collection of Canadians.

The vigil was attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

First responders were given a standing ovation.

There were many signs with messages of love and hope.

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The crowd sang together as they marched.

There were many beautiful tributes.

It was an emotional event at Mel Lastman Square.

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There was a huge crowd in attendance, including Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders.

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The vigil brought the city together.

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