It was announced on Tuesday by the Toronto Police Department that a 39-year-old Indian man, who is believed to have shot and killed Kartik Vasudev, 21, in Canada, has been arrested.
According to his family, the victim, a native of Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, had arrived in Canada in January to further his education.
In the St. James Town neighbourhood of St. James, Kartik was shot and killed on Thursday night. Injuries were so severe that he died in the hospital.
It was last Thursday when a stranger approached Kartik outside of the Sherbourne subway station…
The Toronto Police Service chief James Ramer said that “unprovoked, this man shot Kartik multiple times, killing him.”
Edwin, who was arrested for another homicide on Saturday, was identified by police as the suspect.
On the north side of Dundas Street East near George Street was Elijah Eleazar Mahepath (35), Edwin’s second victim.
“Random attacks,” Ramer said to reporters, were the motive for both killings, which he said were now in police custody.
On behalf of the Homicide Unit, Detective Sergeant Terry Browne has stated that Kartik was shot “multiple times” and has been left “defenceless” throughout the entire incident.
There is “no criminal history” cited by Browne as the suspect in both shootings. In order to learn about his criminal history, as well as his current whereabouts and social circle, we’re digging deep. We don’t believe that he knew either of the two victims, and what we believe at this stage anyways is what we describe as random, a chance meeting, a chance passing, and the reason only known to the suspect,” he continued.
Jitesh Vasudev, Kartik’s father, told PTI that he was informed of his son’s arrest by Canadian police in Ghaziabad, a city near New Delhi.
He said that Kartik had worked hard for the past three years to get into the Toronto school.
That’s what drew Kartik to Canada, according to his father, who noted that he had already established a social circle and recently started working at a Mexican restaurant two weeks ago.
It was Thursday afternoon when he and his wife last spoke to their son, who is now in college.
In my opinion, he was a very respectful, sensitive, and loyal young man.” Father of the victim: “Everyone, family and friends, loves him very much.
S Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs, had expressed sorrow over the death. “I’m heartbroken by this senseless tragedy.” In a tweet, he wrote, “My deepest condolences to the family.”
The Consulate General of India in Toronto issued a statement on Friday expressing “shock and distress” over the shooting death of Indian student Kartik Vasudev in Toronto.
Remains will be returned “as soon as possible,” it said.
Kartik was enrolled in the marketing management programme at Seneca College.
According to a university spokesperson, “the Seneca community is saddened to hear of the tragic death of Kartik Vasudev, a first-semester Marketing Management student.
Those who knew and loved him are in our thoughts at this time. Students and employees have access to professional counselling services.