Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Ryerson student killed in downtown shooting remembered as passionate writer, good friend

The fatal shooting of a 20-year-old Ryerson student in downtown Toronto has left the entire school community in shock and grief.

Toronto police have identified the victim as Olivier Dundas, a journalism student at Ryerson University.

“He was such a nice person. I don’t know why anyone would do what he did,” Curtis Martin, who met Dundas for the first time in his first year of university, told CTV News Toronto.

Martin said Dundas was a founding member of Over the Line, a digital sports publication run by students, and is remembered as a fine writer, but more importantly, a good friend.

He said, “I want him to be remembered as someone who could be serious and was really passionate about what he did, but at the same time if someone was down, he would give us a good laugh.” Had been.”

Police previously said that Dundas was found to have sustained gunshot wounds after officers responded to gunfire in the Bloor Street East and Church Street areas of Toronto shortly before 11 p.m. on January 8.

He was then taken to the hospital where he died of injuries.

A day after the fatal shooting, police arrested and charged 22-year-old Toronto resident James Gallinato with second-degree murder.

On Monday, police announced that two other suspects wanted in connection with the murder had turned themselves in.

Investigators said J-R Carbonell, 22, and Jesse Boy Baig, 23, have both been charged with second-degree murder.

Classmate Alex Baumgartner said he was shocked and devastated to learn of Dundas’ death.

“That’s someone you had a personal connection with, with whom you shared a class,” he said.

“He was our friend and he always gave something to make people laugh. One thing I will remember – he was always happy.”

Ryerson University confirmed that Dundas was a student at the school.

“It is with great sadness that we can confirm that Oliver Dundas, who was indeed a member of our student community, died over the weekend. On behalf of Ryerson University, we thank the student’s family, friends and family members.” Express our deepest condolences to the loved ones,” the university said in a statement to CTV News Toronto.

The university said it has provided counseling services for staff and students.

Students can learn more about the services available to them at the Ryerson Center for Student Development and Counseling.

The School of Journalism shared a post on social media, saying it was “shocked and saddened by the tragic death” of Dundas.

“We don’t do much about what happened. We won’t know for a long time. We feel so bad for his family,” Baumgartner said.

Police did not say what led to the firing.

The three accused are to appear in court on February 15.


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