Community mourns slain UTSC student

The flag flew at half-mast at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus on Sept. 18 in memory of a student killed in the August bus hostage attack in the Philippines.

Doris (Chung See) Leung, 21, was killed along with her father Ken Leung and her 14-year-old sister Jessie Leung on Aug. 23. The family was on the Manila tourist bus when it was hijacked by a former policeman.

Leung, who was entering her fourth year of undergraduate studies at UTSC, was remembered by her fellow classmates at the memorial held in the campus’s Student Centre.

Pictures of the young woman and bouquets of flowers surrounded the room in which the memorial was held. The service began with the principal’s message of condolence to the school community and Leung’s family, and included speeches by family and friends of the young woman.

“She was an amazing individual, full of ambition and determination,” said Almas Sultan, a fourth-year health studies student at UTSC. “She was involved in various events around the campus and always put other’s needs far ahead of her own.”

A Facebook group was created by UTSC students in memory of Leung.

“I created this group to let other students know about the loss that our campus underwent, and to let those who knew her well appreciate the valuable impact that her life had on theirs,” said Rupom Rahman, a third-year international studies and political science student at UTSC. “I was shocked to hear that a student from my campus had passed away so soon, and during a crucial period of time in her life.”

Over the coming months, the community will be honouring the young woman’s memory in several ways, according to the Facebook page.