"It's far different, for example, than somebody found in their house deceased".
There is still no indication of a motive for yesterday's attack, which left a 2km path of destruction down one of Toronto's busiest streets.
"This unfathomable loss of life has left our city in mourning", the mayor said.
Chief Coroner for Ontario Dr. Dirk Huyer said that officials can not name any of the dead or injured at this time, but they're working with family members to try to identify victims.
Monday morning, the first victim was identified as Anne Marie D'Amico, who worked at an investment management firm that confirmed the death of an employee Monday. Five are in critical condition, three are in serious condition and four are stable.
D'Amico was reportedly an employee at Invesco, a USA -based investment management firm. Her next of kin have been notified.
Some 30 minutes earlier, panic had gripped the residential neighborhood along a long stretch of Yonge Street where the driver had jumped the curb onto the sidewalk. Fourteen victims remain in hospital. Her employer, Invesco Canada, has released a statement on the tragic news.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those affected, and we wish a full recovery to those injured", the statement continued.
Dorothy Sewell, 80, was confirmed to be one of the victims by her grandson, Elwood Delaney.
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He says D'Amico also was a friend of his daughter, and he remembers her as "a brilliant young girl" who was very active and interested in improving society.
The victim, he said, was around 50, was unconscious "and could barely move".
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Although authorities have not labeled the incident as an act of terrorism at this time, and are still investigating the motive behind it, Saunders did note that the "actions definitely look deliberate".
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday morning that the entire community in Toronto has shown "strength and determination in the face of this tragedy".
Mr Minassian's Facebook page could not be accessed through the social networking site, but a bare-bones version available through the Internet Archive said he attended Seneca College from 2011 to April 2018.
Bystander footage shown on CBC TV showed the suspect repeatedly pointing an object at a police officer who shouts at him to "get down".
Ali Shaker, who was driving near the van at the time, told Canadian broadcast outlet CP24 the driver appeared to be moving deliberately through the crowd at more than 48 kilometres per hour.
"Two blocks over, I saw another gentleman unconscious in the middle of the road and a policeman leaning over him holding his neck", Ali said. I turned back and saw this truck going that way.
Toronto paramedic spokeswoman Kim McKinnon said first responders were on scene treating multiple patients, but wouldn't confirm the number or severity of injuries.
The attack has shaken the city, but for many from the area, it has hit particularly hard.
"It could have been me, easily", he said.
"If you take guns out of the mix, Canada and the US are identical", she said, citing statistics indicating the two countries have similar rates of non-firearm homicides.
"I couldn't believe that it was basically at our doorstep", she said.