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Muslim family killed in Canada because of Islam

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The area police chief Steve Williams said the four members of a London, Ontario, family who were struck and killed by a vehicle in the city’s northwest Sunday evening were believed to have been targeted because they were Muslim, according to reports in the Canadian Media.

During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Chief Steve Williams said, “We believe this was an intentional act and that the victims of this horrific incident were targeted.”

“We believe the victims were singled out because of their faith in Islam.”

The attack on Sunday was a “devastating loss” for the community, according to Williams.

“We recognize that this event may cause fear and anxiety in the community, particularly among Muslims and other hate groups. All of us on the call today, as well as many others, stand with you and support you,” he said.

On Monday, a 20-year-old man was charged with four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in a hit-and-run incident involving a pickup truck that occurred on Sunday evening, which police believe was a targeted attack on the Muslim family of five.

According to police, at 8:40 p.m. The family was walking along Hyde Park Road in northwest London, waiting to cross the intersection when the truck mounted the curb and hit them.
Several 911 calls were received, and emergency crews were dispatched to the scene in an attempt to save the victims’ lives.

 

Mayor of London Ed Holder in his reaction on Monday said, “Let me be clear: This was a mass murder committed against Muslims — against Londoners — and motivated by indescribable hatred,” he said. “The scale of such hatred makes one wonder who we are as a city and who we are as Londoners.” It is up to us — all of us — to respond to that question not only with our words, but also with our actions. “This isn’t who we are,” we can say, and I know it’s true.”

Nathaniel Veltman, the 20-year-old London resident at the heart of the incident, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in the case. On Monday, he appeared in a London court via audio link. He was remanded in custody and ordered to return to court on Thursday. Veltman’s charges have yet to be proven in court.

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