Image copyright S. Anverie Image caption The scene of the alleged stabbing
Two men have been arrested following a stabbing in downtown Toronto that left a young man in a critical condition.
Police said the attack in a crowded district near Yonge and Dundas streets in the centre of the city happened late on Tuesday night.
The victim’s family said he was a medical student who has since had half his lung removed.
They described him as a “great guy with big dreams who had everything to live for”.
“The senseless crime that has ended his life should remind us of the sacrifices and bravery of countless other first responders and bystanders who selflessly took action to stop a violent crime,” they said in a statement.
Image copyright @DarrenHarris0 Image caption Police investigate the scene of the alleged stabbing
‘Almost the whole thing happened so fast’
The victim, who has not been named, was in the area with a group of friends when two suspects, who are believed to be in their 20s, “randomly came up to him”, police said.
The victim tried to get away, but was slashed across the chest and neck by a knife on the city’s Queen Street westbound between Bathurst and Dundas streets.
“It was just like slow motion. Almost the whole thing happened so fast,” one witness, Darren Harris, told Global News.
Image copyright Darren Harris Image caption Emergency services attend the scene
A witness, who has asked not to be named, told CNN that he was approached by a man who asked for help.
“He had blood gushing out of his neck. I was like, what is happening?” the witness said.
The suspect then ran off, he said.
Image copyright Reuters Image caption Forensic workers investigate the scene of the attack
However, police have not said what sparked the incident, which they are calling an “unprovoked attack”.
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The victim’s statement to police said the man had no previous ties to the attack and was in the process of moving to Toronto to attend medical school.
He was recovering from surgery and undergoing a long-term rehabilitation, his family said.
Since the attack, a “Brave Injured Hero” page has been set up to raise money for the man’s medical expenses and rehabilitation costs.