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Police Identified the 10-Year-Old Girl Killed in Mass Shooting as Greek-Canadian Julianna Kozis

July 26, 2018

TORONTO – Toronto police have identified the 10-year-old girl killed in Sunday’s mass shooting as Julianna Kozis. They say she is from Markham, Ontario, and her family is requesting privacy during their time of grief.

Mr. Dimitrios Azemopoulos, the Ambassador of Greece in Canada, confirmed to The National Herald that Julianna Kozis was of Greek origin and a Greek Orthodox Christian.

Toronto city Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt) told the Toronto Star that “he learned about the girl’s death Tuesday morning.”

“Karygiannis, shaken, said he’s known both of Julianna’s parents for years, and her mother volunteered on one of his campaigns. The parents, both of Greek heritage, grew up ‘within 50 feet of each other,’ in his ward,” the Star reported, he added, “This is really close to home. They’re wonderful families.”

Police previously identified the other person killed in the shooting as 18-year-old Reese Fallon.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the mass shooting in which 29-year-old Faisal Hussain fired a handgun into crowds in Toronto’s popular Greektown neighborhood Sunday night, killing two and wounding 13 people.

Markham Mayor Frank Scaripitti released a statement expressing condolences to the Kozis family:

On behalf of the City of Markham and Members of Council, I would like to offer our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the ten year old girl Julianna Kozis of Markham who tragically died on July 22, 2018 in a shooting in Toronto’s vibrant Greek neighbourhood.

This heartbreaking story speaks to the unbreakable bond between a father and his daughter, and I salute the Toronto Paramedics, doctors and nurses who reportedly brought them together, showing incredible compassion and kindness in her final moments.

This senseless act of violence has shaken us and hurt us. We stand with the victims, the brave first responders and all the communities impacted by this tragedy.

Our thoughts and prayers are also with the family of the 18 year old Reese Fallon who tragically lost her life, an accomplished young woman who had plans to study nursing. We continue to pray for the injured and wish them well.

The City of Markham will lower flags in honour of her memory and in remembrance of all who are affected by this unspeakable tragedy. There will also be a book of condolences at the Markham Civic Centre. We hope by coming together, we can offer some solace in a time of great sadness.

Toronto Police News Release

On Sunday, July 22, 2018, at approximately 10 p.m., the Toronto Police Service responded to the area of Danforth Avenue & Logan Avenue for a shooting.

The identity of the 10-year-old girl has now been released. She has been identified as Julianna Kozis, 10, of Markham.

Her family has requested privacy during their time of grief.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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