WARMINGTON: Remembering Danforth shooting victim Reese Fallon

Caffe Demetre is open once again on The Danforth.

Two of the memorial sites — laden with flowers, teddy bears and pictures — that popped up following the July 22 shooting spree have been taken down.

And organizers are getting ready for the annual Taste of the Danforth.

Things are moving on. Things are pretty much back to normal.

But not for everybody: Not even close to routine for the friends of Reese Fallon.

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They have taken up a semi-permanent residency at the Alexander the Great fountain — located at  Danforth and Logan Aves. They are putting up pictures and writing messages for their fallen friend in an effort to make sure she is never forgotten.

“She had dreams,” said one of her friends who survived the recent shooting rampage which claimed Fallon’s life and also left 10-year-old Julianna Kozis dead.  They are keeping her dream alive.

They were writing messages Wednesday about how she was going to attend nursing school at Hamilton’s McMaster University. There are also new pictures of the slain 18-year-old, including one appearing to show Reese hugging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“She made it herself,” said her friend. “She didn’t get to meet him.”

He did, however, attended her funeral.

Messages of condolence for Danforth shooting victim Reese Fallon. (JOE WARMINGTON, Toronto Sun)

The pain and fear of what these close friends are going through is heartbreaking. It’s infuriating.

I still don’t think Torontonians have shown near enough anger at what went down there. Or sorrow.

Maybe they’ll be more upset when the next innocent person is gunned down.

However, history shows that’s unlikely.

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Still, the pictures and the messages at this shrine are stark reminders of the young which was stolen far, far too early. Nobody’s focusing on the narrative of how the alleged shooter, Faisal Hussain, was depressed. Thankfully.

With Toronto Police only having one news conference on this heinous act, there’s not much new to report. With no new updates, the story fades from the news.

Pretty soon it will all just be a blur. A footnote.

If you think that people won’t forget Reese and Julianna down the road, just ask yourself this question:  Can you name one victim of the Yonge Street van attack?

Name one victim of the senseless gun violence this year that has killed so many innocent people in 2018.

Meanwhile, the good news is thousands will hit Danforth Ave. this weekend for a taste of fun.

They will have a moment of silence, of course. Then get on with the festival.

Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies