Toronto police have updated a murder charge in the case of a young woman who was set on fire at a transit station and later died from her injuries.
The incident happened on board a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus at Kipling Station shortly before 12:30 p.m. on June 17.
Emergency crews arrived at the scene to find that a woman had been set on fire. The fire was extinguished, but the woman – identified by police on Monday as Nyima Dolma, 28, of Toronto – suffered life-threatening injuries.
Dolma was rushed to hospital, where she died of her injuries on July 5.
A suspect was arrested nearby following the incident and has been charged with a number of offenses including attempted murder.
Police said Monday their investigation revealed there was no relationship between the young woman and her attacker.
Police also announced the enhanced charge on Monday in light of Dolma’s death.
Investigators say Tenzin Norbu, 33, of Toronto, has now been charged with first degree murder in the case.
He appeared in court via video link on Monday morning.
Dolma’s family have previously said that she “lived a life of service and caring for many people”.
An online fundraiser has been set up to help cover health costs and funeral costs.
The family has asked for privacy as they deal with Dolma’s death.