The driver accused of plowing a trolley for pedestrians in Toronto was accused of 10 counts of first-degree murders and 13 counts of attempted murder at his first-right appearance, but his motif remains a mystery.
The lethal massacre in Canada for decades, which killed two South Korean citizens, is characterized by other deadly vehicle attacks by Islamic state supporters, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday there was no reason to suspect any national security link.
Suspect Alek Minassian, 25, entered the Toronto courtroom Tuesday morning. His head was shaved and he looked down when prosecutors accused him of 10 pedestrians and 15 others during the lunchtime attack.
Trudeau urged all Canadians to stand with Toronto like flowers and shaded messages in several languages piled up at a temporary memorial in Toronto's northern end, an ethnically diverse neighborhood of towering offices, shops, restaurants and homes.
"We can not like Canadians choose to live in fear every single day when we go about our daily business." Trudeau said outside the parliament in Ottawa. "We must focus on doing what we can and we must keep the Canadians safe while we hold true to the freedoms and values that we all like the Canadians love."
The Prime Minister said it would take time before the motives from the attacker were understood, the incident had not changed the country's threat level or security preparations for a G7 summit in Quebec in June.
The Canadian flag was lowered to half-mast in Parliament and in Toronto City Hall. 19659003] Minassian, not previously known to the authorities, attended a high school program where a classmate recalled him as "completely harmless".
The suspect's two-storey red brick home in a suburb north of Toronto was a crime scene Tuesday, the wallpaper and surrounded by police cars. Officers walked in and out of the house.
The officer arrested Minassian was praised for peaceful arrest even though the suspect shouted "killing me" and claiming to have a gun.
Canadians made sure that the victims began to be identified Tuesday.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. identified one of the victims of Anne Marie D & amp; Amico, an employee of asset manager Invesco Canada. Inves declared Invesco that one of his employees had been killed but was not named her.
The attack shook the normally peaceful streets of Toronto, a multicultural city with a population of 2.8 million. The city recorded 61 murders last year.
Downtown Toronto's iconic CN Tower, which usually lights up in the evening, became dark Monday evening.
Canada is still recovering from the shock of a motorway crash in Saskatchewan last month, killing 16 people on a bus with a junior hockey team.