Statement by Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios (Danforth Shooting in Toronto)

24 July 2018

“A heart-breaking act of violence took place last night at the Greektown on the Danforth. Two innocent people lost their lives: a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman. We pray for the repose of their souls and extend our sincere condolences to their families and friends. The gunman himself also lost his life; we pray for him as well and mourn the tragedy that would lead someone to perform such an evil act. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the wounded and we humbly entreat our merciful and loving Lord Jesus Christ to completely restore their health. Faith in God and love for our neighbour can help us overcome such tragedies; love and forgiveness will always allow good to triumph over evil and for light to overtake darkness. Let us therefore pray for those who are no longer with us and provide comfort to all affected by this shooting”.