Toronto police officers investigate the TTC bus at Kipling station on June 17.

The family of a Toronto woman who died after being set on fire on a TTC bus in what police allege was a “hate-motivated” attack say they are grateful for the support they’ve received to date.

On June 17, the woman, who was reportedly in her 20s, was on board a bus near Kipling Station when a man allegedly poured a flammable liquid on her and then ignited it.

The woman — whose identity is protected by a court-ordered publication ban — was taken to hospital with “critical” burn-related injuries, police said. A GoFundMe page confirmed by a spokesperson to be official communication from the family said she was suffering “full thickness” burns.

Police confirmed Tuesday night the woman had died and the homicide unit had been notified.

“To my sister, we love you and we miss you. We wish her soul to rest in peace,” reads a message posted Wednesday from the woman’s sister on the GoFundMe page.

The update asks for privacy.

“We are so grateful, and it has been a difficult time. My sister lived a life of service to others and cared for many people.”

The fundraising page, which has raised over $18,000 as of Wednesday afternoon, says the woman was a “life long caregiver” and that the funds will go toward funeral costs and health care expenses.

Toronto man Tenzin Norbu, 33, was earlier charged with attempted murder among other offences. He remains in custody pending a bail hearing. His next appearance is scheduled for July 18.

Neither police nor court documents reveal what investigators believe motivated the attack.

A police spokesperson, when questioned earlier by the Star, would not clarify why they believed the crime was hate-related.


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By Jon Doe