London Police say they believe a family of five struck by a black truck while out for a walk on Sunday were targeted due to their Islamic faith. They say it was pre-planned and premeditated. Chief Steve Williams says all of the victims were members of the same family — two women aged 74 and 44, a 46-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl were killed and a nine-year-old boy was seriously injured. Police say a 20-year-old man who was arrested a short time later has been charged with four counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder. London Mayor Ed Holder calls it an act of mass murder and an act of hatred that must be followed by acts of compassion and solidarity with people of the Muslim faith. A vigil is scheduled for tonight at the local mosque of the family, starting at 7pm in the parking lot.
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I spoke on the phone this evening with @LdnOntMayor and @NTahir2015 about the hateful and heinous attack that took place in London, Ontario yesterday. I let them know we’ll continue to use every tool we have to combat Islamophobia – and we’ll be here for those who are grieving.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 8, 2021
Hate and Islamophobia have NO place in Ontario. Justice must be served for the horrific act of hatred that took place in London, Ontario yesterday.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends during this difficult time. These heinous acts of violence must stop.
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) June 7, 2021
— Ed Holder (@ldnontmayor) June 7, 2021
The family of the London, Ontario attack victims have released a statement, asking the public to stand up against Islamaphobia and describing the victims as "always there giving and participating in spreading goodness." #ldnont pic.twitter.com/HUTAvnjFND
— Kamil Karamali (@KamilKaramali) June 8, 2021
Police in Canada say the killing of four members of a Muslim family was a targeted hate crime.
The victims – including a teenage girl – were run over by a pick-up truck driver in London, Ontario ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/z4JUPA4KLy
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) June 8, 2021
Photo Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Robins (via Global News)