Suspected killer of Indian student Karthik Vasudev in Canada

Kartik Vasudev was shot on Thursday evening.

Toronto/Ghaziabad: Toronto Police announced on Tuesday that the 39-year-old man who shot dead 21-year-old Indian student Karthik Vasudev in Canada has been arrested.

The victim, who hailed from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, had moved to Canada in January to pursue higher education, according to his family.

Karthik was shot at the Glen Road entrance of Sherborne TTC station in St James’s Town on Thursday evening. He was taken to the hospital where he died.

James Ramer, chief of the Toronto Police Service, told reporters, “Karthik was outside the Sherbourne subway station last Thursday when a stranger approached him… for no reason, this man shot Karthik multiple times, killing him.” Went.”

Police identified the suspect as Richard Jonathan Edwin, who was charged with another murder last Saturday.

Police said Edwin’s second victim was Elijah Eleazar Mahpath (35), who was walking west along the north side of Dundas Street East near George Street.

Ramar told reporters that the suspect behind both murders was in police custody and described the incidents as “random attacks”.

Detective Sergeant Terry Brown of the Toronto Police’s Homicide Department said Karthik had been shot “multiple times” and was in a “defense position” the entire time.

Regarding the motive, Brown said, “The suspect we are referring to in both shootings has no criminal background. We are doing a very deep dive to find out his criminal background.” For who is this person, where has he been. And with whom has he been associated.” “With regard to the two victims, there is nothing to suggest that he knew either of them and more importantly, what we believe anyway at this stage, which we consider to be random, a chance meeting.” A chance passing and the only known cause is described as suspicious,” he said.

Karthik’s father Jitesh Vasudev told PTI in Ghaziabad near New Delhi that he has been informed of the arrest by Canadian police officers.

He said that Karthik studied hard for the last three years to be accepted into the school in Toronto.

Karthik was particularly drawn to the security and opportunities in Canada, his father said, adding that he had made friends and had just got a part-time job at a Mexican restaurant two weeks ago.

The last time he and his wife spoke to their son was on Thursday afternoon.

The victim’s father said, “He was a very humble, very sensitive, very loyal child. Everyone, family, friends, everyone loves him very much.”

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expressed grief over the killing. “Saddened by this tragic incident. Deepest condolences to the family,” he tweeted.

“We are shocked and pained by the unfortunate killing of Karthik Vasudev, an Indian student in the Toronto shooting incident,” the Consulate General of India wrote in a statement on Twitter on Friday.

“We are in touch with the family and will do everything we can to get the bodies back at the earliest,” the statement said.

Seneca College said that Karthik was enrolled in its marketing management program.

“The Seneca community is saddened to hear about the tragic death of first semester marketing management student Karthik Vasudev,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and classmates. Counseling support is being provided to the students and staff.

Police had said the suspect in the shooting was a black male who was of medium size standing between five feet six to five feet seven inches tall. It was the city’s 19th murder of the year.

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