Single mother killed in Toronto tragedy, crowdfunding begins for young son

Renuka Amarasinghe was killed in the tragic Toronto incident that claimed 10 lives.


Following the death of 46-year-old Renuka Amarasinghe, a single mother of a seven-year-old, a crowd-funding page has been set-up to support her son.

Amarasinghe was among 10 people that were killed and 15 injured when a van mounted a crowded side-walk in a deliberate attack on unsuspecting people enjoying the first beautiful day this spring after a long winter in North York, Toronto.

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) employee was killed after dropping her son off at school.


“It was just confirmed that one of our TDSB staff members was killed on Monday in the tragic event. Ms. Renuka Amarasinghe, a single mom from Sri Lanka,” school board trustee Tiffany Ford said.

Her sister, Pushpakanthie Amarasinghe said Renuka had recently visited Sri Lanka and hoped to get dual citizenship as well. She said her sister had met with this accident when she was on her way to work after dropping her son to school, according to the Daily Mirror in Colombo.

The crowd-funding page was set-up by Lotus Youth Council affiliated with the Toronto Maha Vihara Buddhist temple where both Amarasinghe and her son were devotees.

The Lotus Youth Council, together with the Ryerson University Sri Lankan Student Alliance, the University of Toronto Scarborough Sri Lankan Student Association, and Toronto Mahavihara, said it aims to raise this money for the victim’s son.

External Link: Funding Page for Renuka Amarasinghe’s son by Lotus Youth Council