Rosemarie Junor, PATH stabbing victim, was a newlywed
Rosemarie (Kim) Junor, who died after being stabbed at a downtown Toronto Shoppers Drug Mart, had gotten married in the summer and could effortlessly pick up the steps for the intricate Bollywood dances she loved.
The 28-year-old died in hospital Wednesday night following the unprovoked attack last Friday in the store that is located underground in the PATH system in the heart of Toronto’s financial district.
Rohinie Bisesar, 40, was arrested Tuesday and initially charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon after the attack below Bay and Wellington streets.
Today she was charged with second-degree murder.
Junor died less than six months after her wedding, according to Facebook posts. Her friend Suzanna Dutt said it’s painful to see the pictures of her looking so happy with her new husband on their wedding day.
“I feel like she didn’t get to fully enjoy being a newlywed,” Dutt said in an interview Thursday. “It was too short, way too short.”
Loved to dance
Dutt and Junor bonded over a love of Bollywood dance, after spending nearly 10 years together at the Tarana Dance Centre in Toronto.
“She was such a great dancer, very graceful.”
It would take her 20 minutes to learn a dance that would take others a couple of hours, Dutt said.
“She was a quiet one, but once you got to know her she had a contagious laugh…. She would laugh and everyone would start laughing with her.”
Junor had just moved into her first home about two months ago, according to the friends and family who lamented her passing in memorial posts on Facebook and Instagram.
“And it was only 4 months ago we were having such a great time at your wedding,” one friend said on Instagram.
Junor worked at the Medcan Clinic at York and Adelaide streets, just a few blocks from where she was stabbed. Her colleagues at Medcan are in shock, the clinic’s chief operating officer said in a statement.
“Our organization is like a big family and we are all grieving today for this loss,” Brett Laschinger said.
“Rosemarie was just such a vibrant, happy and glowing person. She had so many good friends here, and was such a positive force here, and we are all just devastated. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.”
Junor had studied occupational therapy at York University.
No apparent connection
Police have said there’s no apparent connection between Junor and the accused.
Bisesar’s lawyer, Calvin Barry, told reporters at her arraignment Wednesday that his client “seems really sad,” but wouldn’t comment on other aspects of her life.
He wouldn’t say if or where Bisesar had been working, other than that “she had quite an impressive resumé.”
Bisesar graduated from York University’s undergraduate and graduate business programs and worked at several jobs in the financial district, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Bisesar is due back in court Friday, but Barry suggested it may be early January before she gets a bail hearing.
Rohinie Bisesar, 40, has been charged in Friday’s fatal stabbing of Rosemarie Junor in downtown Toronto. (Toronto Police Service)
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