- The 21-year-old, who arrived in Canada in January, was a first-semester Marketing Management student at Seneca College.
An Indian student in Canada was shot dead at an entrance to a Toronto subway station last week. The young man, identified as 21-year-old Kartik Vasudev, was on his way to work when he was shot several times at the Glen Road entrance to Sherbourne TTC station in St. James Town at 5 p.m., Canadian news outlets reported. An off-duty paramedic at the scene attempted to treat him and then he was rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Father Jitesh Vasudev told the Toronto Star that the family is “just crying with each other, hugging,” adding that his son is “not going to come back.” Speaking from Delhi, he told the publication that the family has lost everything. “He was just trying to fulfill his dreams. It was his dream to come to Canada,” the devastated father said of his son.
Vasudev, who had arrived in Canada in January, was a first-semester Marketing Management student at Seneca College. “The Seneca community is saddened to hear of the tragic death of Kartik Vasudev, a spokesperson said in a statement posted to Twitter. “Our thoughts are with Mr. Vasudev’s family, friends and classmates. Counseling support is being made available to students and employees.”
The Consulate General of India in Toronto took to Twitter to condole Vasudev’s death. “We are shocked & distressed at the unfortunate killing of Indian student Kartik Vasudev in a shooting incident in Toronto yesterday,” it wrote in a statement posted on Twitter on April 8. “We are in touch with the family and will provide all possible assistance in early repatriation of mortal remains.”
Meanwhile, the police are on the look for the shooting suspect, “a Black male standing five-foot-six to five-foot-seven inches tall with a medium build,” Duty Inspector Richard Harris told CP24. The suspect “was last seen carrying a handgun walking south on Glen Road toward Howard Street,” Harris said.