A resident of Toronto, Hussain worked in a grocery store. "We do not know why this has happened yet", he said.
If the people can not find it within themselves to discharge the same duty of solidarity and compassion in respect of Hussain's parents, to enclose them as warmly within the embrace of their empathy as the families of Reese Fallon and little Julianna Kozis, then they should be ashamed of themselves.
"An engaging student, Reese Fallon graduated from Malvern CI just last month and was highly regarded by staff and loved by her friends", John Malloy, director of education at the Toronto District School Board, said in a statement.
Global News spoke with the teacher directly, who confirmed they taught Hussain at Victoria Park Collegiate Institute in 2009 and 2010 and Hussain made the comments privately to him. "We stand by the victims, the courageous first responders and all the communities affected by this tragedy".
Fallon was due to start at McMaster University's nursing program in the fall.
A statement released by the group's semiofficial Amaq news agency, claims that Faisal Hussain, 29, who killed two people and injured 13 others before apparently turning the gun on himself, "was a soldier of the Islamic State".
"On Monday we didn't reopen to mourn the lives lost", Kilanis said. So I didn't think there was anything wrong with him.
When asked about potential motives, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said investigators are considering all possibilities.
Following that meeting, he said: "I know we are all committed to stopping gun violence and sending a clear message that it will not be tolerated in our city". Toronto councillors Mary Fragedakis and Paula Fletcher, whose wards include parts of the Greektown neighbourhood, led the procession.
A senior police source, while cautioning that this doesn't mean Hussain wasn't mentally ill, said that often with such people, there are frequent encounters with police - calls from the family for help, suicide attempts or committals to hospital under the Mental Health Act. The family said they were shocked at Hussain's "senseless violence" and expressed their condolences for the families of the shooting victims.
Hussain opened fire in the bustling Danforth neighbourhood of Toronto, claiming the lives of a 10-year-old and an 18-year-old. CBC reported that Hussain's sister had died in an accident "several years ago", while his brother has been in a coma for more than a year following a separate accident.
The family says they're "blown away" by the support the fundraiser has received.
A TDSB teacher who taught Faisal Hussain nearly a decade ago says he previously boasted about wanting to kill someone. It's there that Ontario's police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), says the exchange took place.
- with files from Alanna Rizza, Olivia Bowden, Alison Auld and Kelly Geraldine Malone.