Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke at a vigil held to honor the lives of four family members who were killed in what police say was a deliberate attack that targeted the victims because they were Muslims.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denounced an attack involving a driver accused of plowing a pickup truck into an immigrant family of five, killing four of them
The Associated PressPeople show up to the location where a family of five was hit by a driver, in London, Ontario, Monday, June 7, 2021. Multiple members of the family died and one is in critical condition. A 20 year old male has been charged with four counts of first degree murder and count of attempted murder in connection with the crime. (Brett Gundlock/The Canadian Press via AP)
TORONTO -- A pickup truck attack that killed four members of an immigrant family has shaken Canada, a country where immigrants are largely accepted, and drew denunciations Tuesday from Canada's prime minister, who called it a hate crime directed at Muslims.
The victims — two parents, two children and a grandmother — were on an evening walk when the driver of the truck struck them at an intersection in London, Ontario. The sole survivor was a 9-year-old boy, who was hospitalized.“This was a terrorist attack, motivated by hatred, in the heart of one of our communities,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Parliament. “If anyone thinks racism and hatred don’t exist in this country, I want to say this: How do we explain such violence to a child in a hospital? How can we look families in the eye and say “Islamophobia isn’t real”? headtopics.com
The victims' extended family issued a statement identifying the dead as Salman Afzal, 46; his wife Madiha, 44; their daughter Yumna, 15; and a 74-year-old grandmother whose name was withheld. The hospitalized boy was identified as the couple's son, Fayez. Friends said the family immigrated to Canada 14 years ago.
Many Canadians have been enjoying evening walks to get fresh air after long days at home during the pandemic, Trudeau said.“But unlike every other night, this family never made it home," Trudeau said."Their lives were taken in a brutal, cowardly and brazen act of violence. This killing was no accident. ... Canadians are outraged by what happened on Sunday. And many Muslim Canadians are scared.”
Trudeau said words matter and in part blamed rhetoric, disinformation and extremism online and in politics.“They can be a seed that grows into an ugly, pervasive trend. And sometimes, they lead to real violence,” the prime minister said.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Twitter that the attack revealed the growing Islamophobia in Western countries.
A 20-year-old suspect, Nathaniel Veltman, was arrested in the parking lot of a nearby mall. He was facing four counts of first-degree murder. Police were inside the suspect’s London apartment on Tuesday.Police said Veltman did not know the victims. Detective Supt. Paul Waight said it was not clear if he belonged to any specific hate group, but that local police were working with federal authorities to investigate potential terrorism charges. He said the attack was planned. headtopics.com
Everyone who knew the Afzal family knew"the model family they were as Muslims, Canadians and Pakistanis,” the statement from the extended family said. “They worked extremely hard in their fields and excelled. Their children were top students in their school and connected strongly with their spiritual identity."
A fundraising webpage said the father was a physiotherapist and cricket enthusiast and his wife was working on a doctorate in civil engineering at Western University in London. Their daughter was finishing ninth grade, and the grandmother was a “pillar” of the family, the page said.
The family statement urged the public to stand against hate and Islamophobia."This young man who committed this act of terror was influenced by a group that he associated with, and the rest of the community must take a strong stand against this, from the highest levels in our government to every member of the community,” the statement said.
Flowers were placed around a light pole and a tree where the truck crossed onto the sidewalk. A vigil was scheduled for Tuesday night at the mosque the family attended. Trudeau and other federal political party leaders were scheduled to attend. Pandemic restrictions were eased to allow mourners to attend the vigil. headtopics.com
Rauf Ahmad and three friends watched the growing tribute on the corner.“I didn’t think there was racism in Canada, and I felt very safe when I came here two years ago, but I do not feel safe now,” Ahmad said. “Humanity is first. We should not care about whether someone is a Muslim, a Jew or a Christian.”
Zahid Khan, a family friend, said the family belonged to the London Muslim Mosque.“They were just out for their walk that they would go out for every day," Khan said through tears near the site of the crash. “I just wanted to see.”Mayor Ed Holder said flags would be lowered for three days in London, which he said has 30,000 to 40,000 Muslims among its more than 400,000 residents.
Canada is generally welcoming toward immigrants and all religions, but in 2017 a French Canadian man known for far-right, nationalist views went on a shooting rampage at a Quebec City mosque that killed six people. Read more: ABC News »
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Canadian police say Muslim family targeted by deadly attackPolice in London, Ontario , say a driver plowed a pickup truck into a family of five, killing four of them and seriously injuring the other in a deliberate attack that targeted the victims because they were Muslims Gosh this is soo sad! Why are people soo mean, soo hateful? Has decency ceased to exist? My condolences to the surviving members of this family. Please know our faiths may be different but my prayers are you. Heartbreaking Edwinwkf OMG... happening in Canada
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So what? People died, and it wasn't the first time, and it won't be the last! Racial discrimination is everywhere in the West Honor the 215 and counting…. Proof they were targeted by religion. Or is that just an allegation? Interestingly in Canada US and Btitsin the number 1victim of hate crime are Jews. Why no comment from the prime minister on that
Canadian police say Muslim family targeted by deadly attack“It was rooted in unspeakable hatred.' Canadian police say a driver plowed a pickup truck into a family of five, killing four of them and seriously injuring the other in an attack that targeted the victims because they were Muslims. Disgusting Conservative target audience This is how Terrorists get created. Humanity is doomed
Driver In Canada Hits Muslim Family With Truck, Killing 4 In Suspected Hate AttackPolice in London, Ontario , have charged a 20-year-old Canadian with first-degree murder in what they say was a planned attack motivated by Islamophobia. wow Terrorist Attack: When emergency crews got to scene, eldest family member was already dead. The other four were rushed to the hospital, but three of them died of their injuries. The family was part of London’s Pakistani community and that the father was a doctor serving the area. What you're seeking for is next to you if only you can believe and trust your instincts, never underestimate the help of lady mcormackbtc for she has been a great help to all....contact her now when it not too late.
Driver In Canada Hits Muslim Family With Truck, Killing 4 In Suspected Hate AttackPolice in London, Ontario , have charged a 20-year-old Canadian with first-degree murder in what they say was a planned attack motivated by Islamophobia. Oh God. Terrible. PattyArquette A terrible tragedy for our city, country and for humanity. Senseless and heartbreaking Only a nine-year-old survived, and that child is now without their family. Heartbreaking. 💔
Thousands hold vigil to remember Muslim victims of Canada terror attackPM Trudeau vows strong action as nation grieves the killing of four Muslim family members, run down by the driver of a pick-up truck in Ontario province. Thank you for saying the truth and calling it a terror attack Still the world didn't talk about this enough !!! No hashtags no posts nothing is enough to bring those people justice !!! This should last at least for a week !!! People should know that we are humans to Islamophobia Pls some body tell to the Indian prime minister
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