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Toronto shooting victim Reese Fallon was to study nursing at McMaster University in fall


Reese Fallon, who died in the Danforth Avenue shooting on Sunday, July 22, 2018.

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One was a child, and the other had just become an adult.

Police said that a 10-year-old girl from the Greater Toronto Area and an 18-year-old Toronto woman were the two people killed in the mass shooting Sunday night on Danforth Avenue. Another 13 people were injured.

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No details have been released of the 10-year-old girl, but a portrait has emerged of the teenage victim.

Reese Fallon recently graduated from high school and was to attend McMaster University to study nursing, according to posts on what appeared to be her Facebook page and that of her father’s.

“High school in the books … Next stop, Nursing at McMaster!” Doug Fallon wrote over a picture of his daughter. “Congrats Reese … So proud!”

Ms. Fallon was attending a birthday celebration with friends at a restaurant on the Danforth, according to sources who know her family. One of the friends in the group was also injured in the shooting and taken to a hospital, sources said.

A steady stream of mourners gathered Monday night for a vigil at Calvary Church, north of Pape and Danforth, a few blocks from where the shooting took place. A group of three young women hugged a fourth, who was crying, in front of the church doors. One clutched a bouquet of flowers.

Jessica Harrison and Molly Corcoran, high-school classmates of Ms. Fallon, were among those who came to pay their respects.

Ms. Corcoran described the slain woman as beautiful and “very smart.” Their reaction was one of “devastation” – everyone who knew Ms. Fallon was shocked, she said.

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Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, who spent time with the family on Monday and knew their daughter, said “they are absolutely devastated, and that they otherwise ask for privacy at this time.

“She was a wonderful young woman. She was full of energy, passionate and smart and bent on making a difference in the world,” Mr. Erskine-Smith said.

John Malloy, director of education for the Toronto District School Board, said Ms. Fallon graduated from Malvern Collegiate Institute in the city’s east end. Mr. Malloy described her as an "engaging student,” who was “highly regarded by staff and loved by her friends.

“We are heartbroken to learn that a recent graduate of the TDSB was among those who tragically passed away as a result of [Sunday] night’s violence on the Danforth,” he said in an e-mail statement.

The school would be open on Tuesday, Mr. Malloy said, and supports made available to students who need them. The flag at Malvern and all TDSB administrative buildings would be lowered to half-mast, Mr. Malloy said.

Frank Hong, 16, said he first met Ms. Fallon in April at the national Liberal Party convention in Halifax. He described her as an active young Liberal.

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“She gave the warmest hugs. She was just such a nice person,” said Mr. Hong, who attends high school in Toronto.

Mr. Hong said he was in shock over Sunday’s shooting, especially because it happened only three months after the Yonge Street van attack that killed 10 people. He said he knew one of the victims and the son of another from that attack.

“Reese was one of the kindest people. I’m just in shock that she’s the one that was impacted,” he said.

With reports from Jack Hauen and Oliver Moore

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