Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Julianna Kozis 10, of Markham the youngest victim of Toronto's Danforth Ave shooting by Faisal Hussain on sunday July 22, 2018
The medal around her neck and smile on her face highlight just how bright a future Julianna Kozis had.
Until Sunday evening when evil struck.
The 10-year-old was one of 15 people shot by 29-year-old Faisal Hussain along the Danforth.
She was one of two who died as a result of gunshot wounds. The other deceased was Reese Fallon, just 18, also senselessly stolen at the hands of a slaughter that has left a city, province and country shaken.
The City of Markham will lower flags in honour of 10 year old Julianna Kozis of Markham, who tragically died in the #Danforthshooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, loved ones and everyone affected by this unimaginable tragedy. pic.twitter.com/iWvpXEhwNU
— Mayor Frank Scarpitti (@frankscarpitti) July 25, 2018
The reality of the enormity of what happened was already disturbing. But when Toronto Police released the picture of the slain Markham girl late Tuesday, pure sadness of this senseless and egregious act was on full display for the world to see.
What kind of monster would cut down a vulnerable, precious little girl like that? What kind of viciousness would shoot teenager Fallon was well?
The Malvern Collegiate graduate was to begin her quest of becoming a nurse in September.
There are few answers so far.
Neither girl will be given a chance at any future thanks to this heinous act. There are 13 others also recovering in hospital from this ambush, some with life altering injuries.
One of them is Julianna’s father.
Also struck in this nightmare was Donny Kozis, who was rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital with major injuries himself. To add insult to injury he had to do something no dad should ever have to.
When it was clear his little girl was not going to make it, as Russ Courtney from Newstalk 1010 first reported, he was rushed to Sick Kids Hospital by ambulance to join his wife Voula and son Anastassios (Anthony) to say goodbye to little Julianna.
It’s as ugly as ugly can get. It’s sad a chapter in Toronto’s long history as their has ever been.
In a year where there have been people gunned down, mowed down by a van or pushed into a subway train, it’s hard to imagine anything could happen that could be any worse or sadder.
And then this image of this little girl was shared with the world.
The only bright side of this is that thanks to this picture, of this special young lady, is Toronto and the world will forever remember that beautiful smile.
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