Nurse, 65, dies a few years after Yonge St. van attack left her paralyzed

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A woman paralyzed in the 2018 Yonge St. van attack has passed away and was buried Thursday.

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Hundreds attended the funeral of Amaresh Tesfamariam at the Medhaine Alem Eritrean Orthodox Church on Ramsden Rd. in York.

In April 2018, ten people were killed and 14 others injured when a white rental van plowed into pedestrians on Yonge St. near Finch Ave.

It was driven by Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill.

The violent act left Tesfamariam, 65, who used to be a nurse, paralyzed.

Her life was drawn out and stolen, said Lily Cheng, co-founder of the We Love Willowdale organization.

“The community came together and she wasn’t alone these past years, Cheng said. “The whole story is sad and quite upsetting.”

A GoFundMe page, set up after she was injured, said “Amaresh is warm, caring, hilarious and a phenomenal nurse whose presence is a light in the lives of those around her.”

“This fund is being set up for her because her life has taken an extreme change for the worse. She’s an elderly woman who lives on her own with no kids or husband.”


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