The van driver allegedly who murdered ten when he mowed down pedestrians on a Toronto sidewalk was charged with 10 counts of murder today – as his social media posts calling himself ‘involuntarily celibate’ emerged.
Social media posts by Alek Minassian, 25, paint a picture of an angry young man, who was furious that women rejected his sexual advances.
He also spoke admiringly of Santa Barbara shooter and fellow women-hating social reject Elliot Rodger and has been described as a socially awkward tech expert.
Meanwhile, the first of his ten victims has been named as Anne Marie D’Amico, an employee at Invesco investment management firm, which has its headquarters on Yonge Street, Toronto – the same street where the attack occurred.
Fifteen other people were injured and hospitalized.
The suspect made his first court appearance today, wearing a white jumpsuit with his hands cuffed behind him, where was charged with ten counts of first degree murder and 13 of attempted murder.
Minassian said very little, except from answering ‘yes’ to whether he understands that he is not to have any contact with the attempted murder victims, Toronto Star reporter Betsy Powell tweeted.
The hearing, which lasted little over five minutes, ended with the court ordering Minassian to be detained until his next hearing on May 10, where he will appear via video link.
Minassian’s father sat weeping in the front row during the court appearance. As he left the courthouse, he told reporters he hadn’t spoken to his son, but told the assembled press he was ‘sorry’.
He does not yet appear to have a lawyer.
Minassian’s social media pages indicate he was someone with a grudge against women and those who were more socially successful than himself.
In one post, he refers to the rebellion of ‘incels’ – a term used to refer to men who have been made ‘involuntarily celibate’ because women will not have sex with them.