Ryerson student killed in downtown shooting remembered as passionate writer, close friend

The deadly shooting of a 20-year-old Ryerson student in downtown Toronto has left an entire school community in shock and grief.

Toronto police have identified the victim as Olivier Dundas, a journalism student at Ryerson University.

“He was such a good person. I don’t know why anyone would do what they did,” Curtis Martin, who first met Dundas in his freshman year of college, told CTV News Toronto.

Martin said Dundas was a founding member of Over The Line, a student-run digital sports publication, and is remembered as a good writer, but more importantly, a good friend.

“I want him to be remembered as a man who could be serious and really passionate about what he was doing, but at the same time when someone was down, he was there to give us a good laugh,” he said.

Police previously said Dundas was found with a gunshot wound after officers responded to a shooting in Toronto’s Bloor Street East and Church Street neighborhoods shortly before 11pm on Jan. 8.

He was then rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries.

A day after the deadly shooting, police arrested and charged 22-year-old Toronto resident James Galinato with second-degree murder.

On Monday, police announced that two other suspects wanted in connection with the murder had come forward.

Investigators said Jay-Ar Carbonel, 22, and Jessie Boy Baig, 23, were both charged with second-degree murder.

Classmate Alex Baumgartner said he was shocked and devastated when he learned of Dundas’ death.

“That’s someone you had a personal connection with, someone you shared a class with,” he said.

“He was our friend and he always gave people something to laugh about. One thing I will remember: he was always happy.”

Ryerson University confirmed that Dundas was a student at the school.

“It is with deep sadness that we can confirm that Oliver Dundas, who was indeed a member of our student community, passed away this weekend. On behalf of Ryerson University, we extend our deepest condolences to the student’s family, friends and loved ones,” the university said in a statement to CTV News Toronto.

The university said counseling services are available for staff and students.

Students can learn more about the services available to them at the Ryerson Center for Student Development and Counseling.

The journalism school shared a post on social media saying it was “shocked and saddened by the tragic death” of Dundas.

“We don’t know much else about what happened. We won’t know for long. We just feel bad for his family,” Baumgartner said.

Police would not say what events led to the shooting.

All three accused will appear in court on February 15

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