Education funds for children of fallen Toronto police officer Andrew Hong raises over $10k
A new fundraising effort for the children of murdered Toronto Police Constable Andrew Hong has already generated a significant amount of money.
The Canada 911 Ride Foundation has organized a GoFundMe (GFM) to help Hong's children in their educational pursuits and it's raised more than $10k and counting.
"Andrew exemplified the role of a police officer. He was charitable and always gave back to the community. He was also part of the Canada's 911 Ride family as an escort officer," reads the campaign description.
The body of fallen @TorontoPolice officer Andrew Hong has arrived at the Coroner’s Office. Here is a just a glimpse of the support his fellow officers came to show him this evening pic.twitter.com/Ivq57u9g4R— Adam Dabrowski (@AdamDabrowski2) September 13, 2022
Hong died on Monday afternoon after he was "ambushed" and shot unprovoked while on a lunch break at a Mississauga Tim Hortons, according to Toronto Police.
He was taking part in a training exercise with officers from Peel Regional and York Regional police forces.
Another person at the restaurant was also shot and suffered extensive injuries.
On site with Chief @DerynRizzi, members of @MississaugaFES, Councillor @PatSaitoWard9, @ChiefBoyes and OPP today to honour and pay our respects to Cst. Andrew Hong. #Mississauga residents and fellow first responders grieve alongside his family, friends and colleagues. pic.twitter.com/avLMjCBEVx— Bonnie Crombie 🇨🇦 (@BonnieCrombie) September 13, 2022
This event kicked off a shooting spree across the GTA and saw responses from multiple police forces.
It ended after an "interaction" with Hamilton Police resulted in the death of the alleged suspect at the Hamilton Cemetery. That interaction forced the province's Special Investigations Unit to invoke their mandate.
In total five people were shot and two were killed, including Hong and a Milton mechanic, Shakeel Ashruf.
Hong's death has been greatly felt across the entire policing community, with tributes and condolenscenes coming in from across Ontario.
"Andrew was a 22-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service and known as the 'gentle giant'. During the last 18 years, Andrew served with the Toronto Police Motor Squad as a training officer who trained other motor officers across the province of Ontario," read the GFM.
Tonight the #CNTower will also be lit blue in memory of @TorontoPolice Service Constable Andrew Hong / Ce soir, la #TourCN sera également illuminée en bleu à la mémoire de l'agent Andrew Hong, du service de police de Toronto @TPSOperations @TPAca pic.twitter.com/2d4n64oayQ— CN Tower / Tour CN (@TourCNTower) September 13, 2022
Yesterday, Toronto Police announced they would be revealing more details about Hong's funeral and included an updated photo of the 48-year-old, indicating his family wanted it to be published.
We are grateful for the outpouring of support for our fellow fallen officer, Constable Andrew Hong’s family, friends, and co-workers.— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) September 13, 2022
Details of where to express your condolences &
other information will be posted soon at https://t.co/NtbjhKn3fJ & on our social media channels. pic.twitter.com/R9DHDDMLm3
"The family wishes to share this picture of Andrew when he proudly graduated from the Ontario Police College," read the force's tweet.
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