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Mourning victims of deadly van attack in Toronto

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A chilling Facebook message posted before a van plowed onto a crowded Toronto sidewalk has raised the possibility the suspect in the attack nursed grudges against women and it is bringing back memories of a 1989 massacre of 14 women that remains one of Canada’s most traumatic acts of violence.

A crowd gathered late Tuesday in Toronto’s North York community to pay their respects to the van victims at a makeshift memorial of roses, candles and messages of condolence.

“I needed to come here to show that I’m not afraid of this city,” said Meena Chowdry, wiping away tears. “That one man’s actions cannot taint an otherwise beautiful, welcoming city.”

Earlier in the day, the 25-year-old suspect, Alek Minassian, was charged with first degree murder in the deaths of 10 pedestrians mowed down by a rented van that he sent careening along a mile of a busy walkway. Fourteen others were injured. (AP)

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Flowers, cards, and words of sympathy adorn a makeshift memorial for victims of the mass killing on April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images)


Senait Teclom attends a vigil for the victims of the mass killing on April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images)


Messages of hope and grief are left at a vigil on Yonge Street in Toronto, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, after multiple people were killed and others injured in Monday’s deadly attack in which a van struck pedestrians on a Toronto sidewalk. (Photo: Galit Rodan/The Canadian Press via AP)


A photograph of Anne Marie D’Amico, a victim of the mass killing, is shown at a vigil on April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images)


A little girl holds a candle during a vigil on April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada, near the site of a deadly street van attack. (Photo: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)


People pray for the victims of the mass killing at a vigil on April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images)


Ontario PC Party leader Doug Ford attends a candle light vigil at the makeshift memorial a day after a van struck multiple people along a major intersection in north Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)


A man prays during a candle light vigil on April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada, near the site of a deadly street van attack. (Photo: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)


A man writes a message on a sign during a vigil April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada, near the site of the previous day’s deadly street van attack. (Photo: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)


Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joins fellow MPs in a moment of silence following an incident where a van struck multiple people in Toronto, in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters)


Flowers are placed at a memorial for victims of the mass killing on Yonge Street at Finch Avenue on April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images)


Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory visit a memorial, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 in Toronto., the day after a driver drove a van down sidewalks, striking and killing numerous pedestrians in his path. (Photo: Galit Rodan/The Canadian Press via AP)


People gather for a moment of silence at a memorial for victims of the mass killing on Yonge St. at Finch Ave. on April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images)


A Musllm prays at a makeshift memorial a day after a van struck multiple people along a major intersection in north Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)


Flowers and signs fill a memorial along Yonge Street Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Toronto, the day after a driver drove a van down sidewalks, striking and killing numerous pedestrians in his path. (Photo: Galit Rodan/The Canadian Press via AP)


A mourner reacts at a makeshift memorial a day after a van struck multiple people along a major intersection in north Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)


A women fights back tears at a memorial along Yonge Street, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Toronto, the day after a driver drove a van down sidewalks, striking and killing numerous pedestrians in his path. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)


A local Toronto muslim group holds up signs for love and courage for victims of yesterdays crash, at memorial on Yonge St. at Finch Ave. on April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images)


Ozra Kenari, center, places flowers as she cries at a memorial for the victims along Yonge Street the day after a driver drove a van down sidewalks, striking pedestrians in his path, in Toronto, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)


People pay tribute at a memorial along Yonge Street, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Toronto, the day after a driver drove a van down sidewalks, striking and killing numerous pedestrians in his path. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)


A mourner writes a message on a makeshift memorial a day after a van struck multiple people along a major intersection in north Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)


A woman cries at a vigil on Yonge Street in Toronto, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, after multiple people were killed and others injured in Monday’s deadly attack in which a van struck pedestrians on a Toronto sidewalk. (Photo: Galit Rodan/The Canadian Press via AP)


The Boston Red Sox stand during a moments silence before a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 24, 2018. (Photo: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)


A mourner visits a makeshift memorial a day after a van struck multiple people along a major intersection in north Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)