The mayor of London was joined by Muslim community leaders, the premier, the prime minister, and the leaders of the federal Conservatives, New Democrats and Greens at last night’s vigil outside the London Muslim Mosque to honour a family left forever changed by a hate-fuelled hit and run. Police have called Sunday’s tragedy that killed four family members and injured a fifth — all hit by a pickup truck while out for an evening walk — a targeted hate crime. Mayor Ed Holder called it an act of mass murder and a grotesque expression of hatred rooted in Islamophobia. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said no words can ease the grief of seeing three generations murdered in their neighbourhood. A 20-year-old man is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission is the latest to denounce what police have deemed a targeted attack on a Muslim family in London. The organization says incidents like Sunday’s attack are a grim reminder that Islamophobia exists in Ontario. It says there has been escalating hate directed at religious and racialized communities in the past year.
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