A woman’s sister burned in a… deliberate attack on Kipling Station in Toronto last month she says she is still in critical condition, fighting for her life in the hospital.
The incident happened in the middle of the day on June 17, when a woman in her 20s was set on fire in what Toronto police called a random attack.
Investigators said a man poured a liquid substance on the woman before lighting it and starting a fire. const. Alex Li noted that police are investigating an alleged interaction between the woman and the man before the violent incident.
A 35-year-old was arrested and will be charged, police confirmed. He has not yet been identified.
The victim’s sister, Dawa, a GoFundMe . created and has updated her condition, saying the woman – a caregiver – remains in the hospital with “full thickness burns” and is on a ventilator.
“On June 17, my sister was on her way to work as a professional caregiver when she was attacked by a stranger who threw lighter fluid on her and set her on fire,” Dawa wrote. “This was a random hate speech at the hands of a stranger at the Kipling station in Toronto, Canada.
“Right now my sister is suffering from full thickness burns, is in critical condition and is being kept alive,” she said.
Dawa and her family describe her sister as a woman who “has lived a life of service to others.” The GoFundMe has surpassed $6,000 as of Tuesday with a goal of $25,000.
CityNews has contacted Dawa for comment.
“Right now we really need support from all of you on her long journey ahead,” she wrote. “Please help us with what you can and pray with us for her recovery.”
TTC stepped up patrols after attack, investigation ongoing
Toronto Mayor John Tory and TTC Chairman Rick Leary both commented in the wake of the incidentwith Tory calling it a “shocking criminal act that shouldn’t happen anywhere in our city.”
Leary said at the time that the TTC was “always looking for ways to improve security for both customers and employees,” noting that officials were recruiting new special agents and stepping up security patrols at several stations.
The transit committee chair also cited an effort to modernize stations and install more cameras with additional visible personnel to deter criminal acts.
“I know incidents like this are a concern for our customers – and I share that concern. Safety is paramount in everything we do and I am committed to ensuring that the TTC remains as safe as possible,” said Leary.
“We move hundreds of millions of customers every year without incident, but we can’t and don’t take that for granted.”
CityNews has contacted the TTC for comment.