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Temporary Danforth memorial taken down

Last Updated Aug 23, 2018 at 12:20 pm EDT

It’s been a place where a community has grieved, shared messages of hope, drawn strength, and reflected.

But the Danforth memorial honouring the victims of the July 22 shooting has now been taken down.

In a release the city said it was “decommissioning” the memorial at Logan Green Field Parkette starting at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Mayor John Tory and several city councillors assisted in the dismantling.

The memorial, which included plywood planks scrawled with messages, was initially erected at the intersection of Danforth and Logan avenues, where a gunman opened fire killing two and injured 13 others.

It was later moved to the parkette to accommodate the Taste of the Danforth Festival.

People light candles and leave photos of 18-year-old victim Reese Fallon at a memorial remembering the victims of a shooting on Danforth Avenue in Toronto on July 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
People light candles and leave photos of 18-year-old victim Reese Fallon at a memorial remembering the victims of a shooting on Danforth Avenue in Toronto on July 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

 

The city has said a permanent memorial will go up, but the details have not yet been released.

Reese Fallon, 18, and Julianna Kozis, 10, were killed in the shooting.

The gunman, identified as Faisal Hussain, was found dead on Bowden Street, just south of Danforth, after exchanging gunfire with police.

Police sources told the CBC he died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot.

Friends of 18-year-old Danforth shooting victim Reese Fallon, Desirae Shapiro 19, right, and her mother Gina Shapiro, left, react after visiting a makeshift memorial remembering the victims of a shooting on Danforth Avenue on July 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
Friends of 18-year-old Danforth shooting victim Reese Fallon, Desirae Shapiro 19, right, and her mother Gina Shapiro, left, react after visiting a makeshift memorial remembering the victims of a shooting on Danforth Avenue on July 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

 

Toronto Mayor John Tory leaves a personal message on a makeshift memorial remembering the victims of a shooting on Sunday evening on Danforth Avenue on July 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
Toronto Mayor John Tory leaves a personal message on a makeshift memorial remembering the victims of a shooting on Sunday evening on Danforth Avenue on July 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch