Family, friends, and colleagues of 21-year-old student Kartik Vasudev from India gathered at Nathan Phillips Square on Sunday, remembering his life, and demanding answers about the circumstances of his unfortunate and tragic death.
The president of the Seneca Student Federation, Ritik Sharma, exclaimed, “Kartik was an innocent child!”
Vasudev was a first-semester marketing management student at Seneca College. On Thursday, he was heading to his part-time job around 5 pm when he was shot down at Sherbourne subway station.
Cops arrived to find Kartik with multiple bullet wounds, and he was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The Police say that they could make no arrests and have released no information on suspects so far and requested witnesses to come forward.
Vasudev arrived in Canada on January 5 from India after planning his career and a new life here for years. Friends who are shocked and in deep sorrow recall that he was a bright student with a big future.
A shaken Sharma hoped that everyone should remember him as an ambitious, hard-working, and inspiring international student from India.
During a phone call with a news channel, Kartik’s father, Jitesh Vasudev, spoke from India on Friday evening. He said the whole family is “heartbroken.” He said, “We’ve lost our young child over there. My son was humble, polite, obedient, and a sweet child. Why was my son the target? Tell us at least the reason why he was shot.”
Member of Parliament for Thornhill, Ont., Melissa Lantsman, ensured the family and friends of the victim that the federal government would help “seek justice” for Kartik Vasudev.
She said to the family that they had her support, and she would make sure that the House of Commons in Canada knew about Kartik’s legacy. She assured steps would be taken to welcome international students and make them feel safe here to pursue higher studies.