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How a trip to the Toronto Eaton Centre turned into horror following shooting

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The day he buy canada goose jacket cheap walked into Toronto’s Eaton Centre and was carried out on a stretcher, barely alive.

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His mother, Jo Anne Finney, had taken Connor and his 15 year old sister, Taylor, into the city for a matinee.

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Connor wasn’t the only victim. Paramedic Rob Kovacsi recalls: “The first one was still alive. He’s got significant injuries. He’s been shot numerous times in the torso. He’s critical. The second guy, I had to triage him out. That’s not something that we do on a regular basis. That is something which feels wrong.”

Triage him “out”. That means the victim was already dead and beyond emergency care.

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Nester recalls Jo Anne’s pleading, “Don’t let him die. Don’t let him die.” For Downes, there was a momentary flash that his own son was similar in age.

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Their work though, speaks for itself. This team of doctors took a boy, barely breathing, and restored him to a normal kid.

Connor was every bit a normal kid when he jumped in a fire truck months later, with Capt. Nester and his crew, to travel back to the place where it happened.

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